SATNAC High Level Programme Structure

Saturday 5 September 

15h00 – 18h00

Conference Registration

Sunday 6 September 

09h30 onwards

Golf - Arabella

14h00 – 20h00

Conference Registration


Welcome Function

Monday 7 September 

Full Day

Conference Plenary Sessions

16h00 – 18h00

Poster Session


Gala Dinner (by invitation only)

Tuesday 8 September 

08h30 – 12h00  

Conference Plenary Sessions

13h00 – 17h00 

Conference Breakaway Sessions


Farewell Function

Wednesday 9 September

Until 12h15

Conference Breakaway Sessions


Conference closing

Accompanying person's tour

A whale watching excursion on a catamaran that was specifically designed for this purpose is planned for accompanying persons on Monday, 7 September 2015.

Delegates must please register any accompanying person that is interested to go on this excursion when registering for the conference.  Specific details on the trip will be communicated in due course.

Hermanus has been recognized by the World Wildlife Fund as one of the 12 best whale watching destinations in the world and is the mating and breeding grounds of the Southern Right Whale during the winter and spring months (from June to November). Southern Right Whales migrate from the Antarctic around June to calve and mate. Calving takes place in August and September and the males arrive for mating in October when the whale population peaks.

The Southern Right Whale
Eubelaena Australis

Description: Southern Right Whale Head Description: Southern Right Whale Calf Breaching

Famous for their elegance and majestic nature, whales make the ocean that much more incredible and fascinating. Known for their mournful songs and playful nature, they have always drawn enthusiasts and passers-by alike whenever they make their way along the Western Cape coastline.

As stunning as this species is, they have not always been a protected species, which has led to many of them being killed off by ruthless hunters that use them for their bones and blubber. These beautiful creatures are slow swimmers and cannot always dive for long periods of time, making them easy prey, which is why they were named the "Right Whale" to hunt. Even though commercial whaling has been banned for over 20 years, people continue to hunt them, causing many of their species to become endangered. Our most famous whale, the Southern Right, is one of these endangered species, with only 3000 in the ocean to date.

Description: Southern Right Whale Tail