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Friday, 01 October 2021

CPUT to host 5th International Conference on Events

HOST; The conference will be held in Cape Town from 16 to 18 November. HOST; The conference will be held in Cape Town from 16 to 18 November.

CPUT will be hosting the 5th International Conference on Events (ICE): Making New Waves in Africa, scheduled to take place from 16 to18 November. 

This hybrid event will encompass presentations and workshops where participants will bring their expertise to create new waves of support for reimagining events post Covid-19.

“Within the context of exploring new frontiers in festivals and events, this conference will examine a variety of contemporary global issues in events and festivals, combining academic discipline with professional practice, said Brendon Knott, Assoc Prof: Sport Management and the Conference Chair.

 “Besides the academic aims, the conference aims to uphold sustainability and inclusivity principles. It also aims to enhance academic and post-graduate student engagement and capacity building through providing easier access to a top-quality international conference for CPUT academic staff and postgraduate students who choose to present their research. This global engagement will provide a boost to CPUT’s “Smart internationalisation” and “Smart RTIP”, while also showcasing our proudly African context of sport, event and tourism management,” he added.

Knott has a long-standing association with the ICE academic group, having presented papers at two previous ICE editions in Bournemouth and Macau. He also graduated with a PhD from Bournemouth University (BU), one of the founding ICE partners, in 2015 and has continued to engage with international colleagues at BU and elsewhere.

His academic research has straddled the fields of sport, events and tourism, making this an ideal platform to engage with fellow academics in this field. The ICE committee therefore approached Knott in January 2019 about hosting the conference in Cape Town.

He submitted a proposal to the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, which was fully supported.

Knott believes that it is a great honour for CPUT to be selected as conference host and an opportunity to showcase the University’s academic expertise, innovation and industry engagement within the fields of sport, event, tourism and hospitality management specifically.

As Conference Chair, he put together a local organising committee to work with the international ICE committee. This team includes Esti Venske from the Tourism and Event Management Department and a former CPUT Event Management student as a professional event coordinator. Prof Simeon Davies, Head of the Sport Management Department, serves on the Scientific Committee for the conference and other CPUT academics serve on the abstract review committee.

 The conference has the support of government sponsors, the National Conventions Bureau, WESGRO and the Provincial Department for Culture, Arts and Sport (DCAS). The conference is an ICCA-rated event. It is also hosted in partnership with the Tourism Educators of South Africa (of which CPUT has a long-standing association.

 Knott said the hybrid format of the event is likely to be used for many events as the conference industry restarts post-Covid-19.

“It is therefore an excellent opportunity for the academic sector to develop the capacity and expertise in hosting such conference formats. This fits well with the “One Smart CPUT” strategy. Furthermore, it allows CPUT academics to engage with global academics and showcase research on a global platform while travel is still restricted due to Covid-19 regulations.”

For more information on the event go to https://makingwavesinevents.org/

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za