23rd International Congress of Zoology
19 to 24 July 2020
Century City Conference Centre , Cape Town, South Africa


A holistic integrated approach to Conservation

On behalf of the Zoological Society of Southern Africa, the local organising committee extends a warm South African welcome to the 23rd International Congress of Zoology (ICZ), which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 19 to 24 July 2020.

First held in Paris, the ICZ conference will be more than 125 years old in 2020.  It is the only general Zoology conference globally, which incorporates all aspects Zoology, and not sub-disciplines.  This prestigious conference has previously taken place in Europe, North America (USA), Asia and the Middle East.  The ZSSA is delighted to host the ICZ 2020, for the very first time on the African continent.

The ICZ 2020 takes place in the context of a rapidly and significantly changing Earth’s landscape and ecosystems.  Under the theme: Zoology in the Anthropocene and incorporating all aspects of Zoology, this conference is dedicated to understanding and managing change in the current geological timescale, the Anthropocene.  With sub-themes including climate change, urban ecology, biodiversity conservation, threats in the Anthropocene, water – implications of water scarcity and water pollution on human and animal life, as well as many more sub-themes, the conference programme will cater for a variety of interests will be all inclusive.  We hope that the deliberations will assist in bridging Science, Policy and Economics.

Finally, we encourage delegates to take time pre- and post-conference to explore all that our beautiful country has to offer.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cape Town!


Dr Kwezi Mzilikazi
Chair – ICZ 2020
Honorary President
Zoological Society of Southern Africa
Dr Sarita Maree
Co-Chair – ICZ 2020
International Society of Zoological Sciences (2016 -2020)
University of Pretoria
Prof Bettine van Vuuren
Chair – Scientific Committee
University of Johannesburg


Important Dates:
Friday, 31 January 2020 Abstract submission closes
Friday, 14 February 2020 Early bird registration closes

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