Welcome Note
On Wednesday, 2 April 2014 the entire Conference will be conducted in plenary and a number of prominent South African and international academics have confirmed their participation. These include Professors Richard Hayward (UK), Aromar Revi (India), Roberta Ryan (Australia), Maarten Hajer (Netherlands), Jeni Vaaitsman (Brazil) and Mark Swilling (South Africa).
Full details may be found in the Conference programme.

On Thursday, 3 April, there will be four parallel sessions covering different aspects of innovation. In each of the parallel sessions twelve papers will be presented. Abstracts have been received from tertiary institutions in South Africa, Europe, the Americas and India. A large number of officials from all spheres of government and representatives of non-governmental organisations will also be presenting papers. The abstract committee cannot consider any more abstracts as the Conference programme is fully subscribed.

The Conference concludes on Friday, 4 April 2014 with the presentation of three parallel sessions of academic papers, a workshop on managing, learning and communicating by two highly respected South African practitioners in this field and a final keynote address on leadership by a leading South African businessman.

The 14th International Winelands Conference and its theme of “Innovation for the Urban Age” has particular relevance and resonance because:

Important Dates

Registration Opens
14 August 2013

Call For Papers
14 August 2013

Abstract submissions Opens
14 August 2013

Abstract Submissions Close
20 November 2013

Final Programme
30 January 2014

Early Bird Cut-off
14 February 2014

Conference Venue

The Spier Wine Estate
Stellenbosch, South Africa


Conference Secretariat:
ILIOS Conferences (PTY) Ltd
Tel.: +27 21 836 8315
Fax: +27 86 565 8914


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The Urban Design Institute of South Africa (UDISA) facilitating two days of presentations, debates and urban design workshops.
A workshop on the Upgrading of Informal Settlements facilitated by the Community Organisation Resource Centre, the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts, USA) together with the municipality of Stellenbosch and local residents.
A workshop on e-governance and its role in improving service delivery.
Managing the challenge of urbanisation. A joint two day workshop facilitated by the City of Cape Town and the Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP). (to be confirmed)
The Democratic Government and Rights Unit (DGRU) at the University of Cape Town facilitating a workshop on the National Development Plan (NDP) with a special focus on the capable state and the Combatting of Corruption.






The response to the call for papers has been entirely positive and the Abstract Committee approved more than 60 academic papers for presentation at the 2014 International Winelands Conference.
The Programme for workshops on the first two days of the Conference (31 March and 01 April 2014) under the theme "Innovation in Practice" has now been confirmed. It includes:

South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy in April 2014 and review of the country’s performance as a democracy is topical and appropriate.

The adoption and wide acceptance of the National Development Plan as a vision for South Africa to reduce inequality and alleviate poverty by the year 2030 should inspire rigorous discussion and debate.

The City of Cape Town has been designated as the World Design Capital for 2014 and the Winelands Conference is one of its listed projects.

The Stellenbosch University has made a commitment to redress and development in the institution’s HOPE Project and the Winelands Conference can play a significant role in seeking solution to major societal challenges such as eradicating poverty, contributing to human dignity and health, consolidating democracy and human rights, promoting peace and security and balancing a sustainable environment with a competitive environment.




In view of widespread interest in these critical issues, EARLY REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 WINELANDS CONFERENCE IS STRONGLY ADVISED.

David Daniels
Conference Director
30 January 2014