The 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control | Cape Town, South Africa | 24-29 August 2014
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Cape Town

Situated on the south-eastern tip of Africa, at the foot of the iconic Table Mountain, Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the world's most beautiful cities. It is also a melting pot, where East meets West in Africa, and the resulting blend is a fascinating mix of cultures, flavours and history – a diversity that is easily seen in the faces of its people, their languages, architecture and food. It’s easy to see why Sir Francis Drake, when he circumnavigated the globe, described it as “the fairest Cape of them all.”

“By any standard, the Cape Town region ... is one of the most beautiful and compelling places to visit on the planet. Here, in addition to a city with fascinating historical sites, excellent museums, vibrant markets and a handsomely restored waterfront, I encountered mountain wilderness, rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, lush gardens, beautiful wine estates, superior hotels and some of the warmest, most welcoming people I've ever met.” (Richard Busch, Travel Editor, National Geographic Traveler)

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The Mother City, as she is fondly known, offers visitors a wonderfully diverse range of activities and attractions. With a breathtaking combination of sea and mountains, few cities can challenge Cape Town for sheer natural beauty, and you could spend months exploring this beautiful region. You can however get a good feel for Cape Town in as little as two or three busy days. But be warned, once you have visited this vibrant city you’ll be back again and again.

Cape Town’s top 6 tourist attractions are all undoubtedly worth a visit: the breath-taking Table Mountain – easily accessed on the cable car; the emotional and inspiring trip out to Robben Island; the Waterfront with its vibrant retail and entertainment areas; and a lazy day sampling world-class food and wine in the beautiful Winelands. The drive along the Peninsula to Cape Point has few international rivals and boasts some of the Cape’s best seaside restaurants. And last but not least is Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch is a wonderful showcase of the unique diversity of South Africa’s flora, especially the world-renowned fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

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Key Dates

Opening Ceremony
24 August 2014

First Plenary Session
25 August 2014

Congress Banquet
28 August 2014

Closing Ceremony
29 August 2014

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