COVID-19 Update

In the midst of a global pandemic, it is impossible to predict with any certainty when the epidemic will have run its course, as it is affecting different regions
of the world at different times. This will remain a challenge for our planning during the next couple of months.

In view of the current COVID-19 situation and with guidelines on trends and projections from the Department of Health on movement, gathering and
travel restrictions the LOC is positive that the situation will improve in the next couple of months and will continue the planning of the 14th IPC as an
in-person event in South Africa.

Your safety is our priority and all COVID-19 regulations and safety protocols will be observed, ensuring a safe and secure event for all our attendees.
Sanitizing stations, masks, personal sanitizing wipes/spray will be freely available and the necessary social distancing regulations will be implemented throughout the event. 

We continue to monitor the latest guidelines from our government and the WHO and remain committed to keeping you informed as developments unfold.

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We are proud to announce that the 14th International Polychaete Conference will take place in Stellenbosch, South Africa, hosted by  the University of Stellenbosch.

We hope that everyone can reconvene in Stellenbosch in 2022 for the next conference in this magnificent series conceived and launched by Pat Hutchings at the Australian Museum in Sydney 33 years ago.

Previous Conferences
1. Sydney, Australia
2. Copenhagen, Denmark
3. Long Beach, California, USA
4. Angers, France
5. Qingdao, China
6. Cutitiba, Brazil
7. Reykjavik, Iceland
8. Madrid, Spain
9. Portland, Maine, USA
10. Lecce, Italy
11. Sydney, Australia
12. Cardiff, Wales, UK
13. Long Beach, California, USA

Spirobranchus kraussii

The International Polychaetology Association (IPA) is a nonprofit international organization whose purpose, according to the IPA Constitution is to “encourage research on Polychaeta and stimulate others to participate and cooperate through informal meetings and correspondence; to provide a forum for exchange of ideas; to establish a means and an opportunity for personal contact and interaction in aiming for better mutual understanding; to serve as a liaison body among polychaetologists; and to introduce new students to the workers in this field.”

Read an illuminating account of the life of polychaete colleague, Dr. Donald J. Reish.

Read the International Polychaetology Association (IPA) Code of Conduct

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