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6th International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium

hosted at the Iziko South African Museum

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Happening for the first time on the African continent, Iziko Museums of South Africa welcomes Jellyfish scientists from across the globe to the 6th International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium – from 4 until 6 November 2019 – at the Iziko South African Museum

Highlighting Africa as a developing continent, for this 6th edition of the conference there will be a specific focus on development in the broader sense – human capacity development; technology development; concept development; and out-of-the-box strategies around management – and all in relation to Jellyfish blooms.

The Iziko South African Museum has been a centre of knowledge generation about Africa’s natural history for almost 200 years so it is quite a fitting venue for the first International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium to be hosted on the African continent,” says Dr Wayne K. Florence, Curator of Marine Invertebrates, Iziko Museums of South Africa.

The symposium will prioritise the advancement of students, of women, and of persons from developing nations; and in staying true to the focus on development, the 6th International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium is collaborating with Iziko Museums to bring science and society together. Through a series of lectures by international delegates open to school groups and the general public; a training workshop for emerging scientists from the African continent using Iziko Museums’ scientific collections and world class facilities; as well as a thought-provoking exhibition on Jellyfish – this edition of the symposium seeks to highlight humankind’s impact on the natural world. 

With representatives from 25 countries and almost 150 presentations prepared, lecture topics include: Jellyfish mucus as a means to combat plastic pollution?; the Role of jellyfish in ecosystem structure and function: from predator-prey interactions to biogeochemical cycling; and The Human-Jellyfish Nexus, to name just a few.

An important mandate of the International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium is to broaden science beyond its academic constraints, and so, a priority of this 6th edition will be to emphasise the importance of collaboration within our developing nation. Local institutions – such as Iziko Museums of South Africa and the Two Oceans Aquarium; the Creative Design Institute and Red & Yellow Creative School of Business – have partnered with the symposium to integrate science and society; encouraging future engagements amongst and between scientific, creative and social communities.  



Issued by: Ellen Agnew
Communications Coordinator: Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: 021 481 3830 Email:
Issued on behalf of the Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa


About the International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium

Ongoing since 2000, the International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium has visited all the continents of the world, with the exception of Antarctica. Series One of the symposium launched its first edition in 2000 on the Gulf Shores on North America. Following this, in 2007, the symposium travelled to the Gold Coast in Australasia for its 2nd edition, and three years later, visited the Mar del Plata in South America for its 3rd edition. In 2013, the 4th edition of the symposium was hosted in Hiroshima, Japan; and the 5th edition travelled to Barcelona in Spain, in 2016. The 6th edition of the symposium takes us to Cape Town, South Africa – South Africa being the ‘cradle of humankind’ – and thereby returning us to the ‘polyp’. Visit for more information, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)

Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium and Digital Dome, the Social History Centre and three collection‑specific libraries in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and public benefit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope, Groot Constantia and Planetarium and Digital Dome). Visit our webpage at, join our online community on Facebook (, Instagram (@izikomuseumssa) or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.

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