IPC Logo 9th International Penguin Congress
Cape Town, South Africa
5th - 9th September 2016


Congress Dinner

There will be a conference dinner one evening during IPC9. The cost of the dinner will be included in the registration.

Details of the location of the conference dinner will appear here in due course.


Public Event

We hope to organise a public event one evening during the congress. Full details will appear when they have been finalised.


Organised Trips

We hope to organise several trips for delegates both before and after the meeting.  

Possible trips include visits to penguin colonies at Boulders Beach and/or Stony Point; winery tours and birding trips around the Cape peninsula. 

Please note these trips are likely to incur an additional cost.


Contacting us

Please send all enquiries about the conference to enquiries@penguincongress.org. A member of the local organising committee will respond as soon as possible.


We are actively seeking sponsors for the ninth International Penguin Congress. We have provided below some information about the congress that may help you decide to offer some sponsorship.

Description of the event

The International Penguin Congresses (IPC) are the leading meetings of people involved in all aspects of working with and for penguins. 
Penguin populations are barometers of the health of the planet. Their populations are experiencing serious declines throughout their range. Unless scientists, governments, conservation groups and the public take immediate action to reduce the threats to penguins, their populations may continue to plummet - with many facing extinction. 

The International Penguin Congress provides a forum for all concerned to create a strategic global effort on behalf of these threatened species. The International Penguin Congress is the primary gathering of the world’s leading scientists, research managers and policy makers working on penguin biology, ecology, health and behaviour to discuss ongoing research, identify current and emerging conservation issues and create action plans. The congress provides a unique opportunity to bring together disparate groups of people with a common interest in penguins; the connections they make have often proved most fruitful and led to some exciting collaborations. 

In 2016 the ninth meeting (IPC9) will take place in Cape Town (September 5 th - 9 th 2016) - the second time South Africa has hosted the event. The meeting which lasts for 5 days (Monday to Friday) attracts around 200 delegates, it is one of the few meetings which attracts people working on all 7 continents. As well as the main scientific meeting there will be a public event where the delegates will share their passion for penguins with members of the public.

Some benefits of sponsorship
  • The opportunity to promote your products and services to researchers and conservationists working with penguins around the world 
  • Participation in a prestigious leading conference
  • Positioning your company as a benefactor of conservation and research 
  • All sponsors will have their company logos prominently displayed on Congress literature
How sponsorship funds will be used
  • Provide bursaries to allow students from around the world to attend the conference and present their work 
  • Provide travel grants to enable researchers and conservation workers from the poorer countries to attend the meeting both to present their own work and to learn best practice form other experts 
  • To support the public events which will aim to promote awareness of conservation issues amongst the general public – since penguins are one of the most popular of creatures we have the opportunity to reach a very large audience. The more sponsorship we can obtain the larger the audience we can target. 
  • To support the social events at the conference – e.g. sponsoring a social event the conference dinner, the reception, or even just a lunch or tea break will make sure that your contribution is recognised and appreciated by all the delegates. 

For a full list of sponsors click here.