NICOLA is very excited to announce a face-to-face conference in 2022. We cannot wait to welcome you all back and make further progress in knowledge sharing, networking and inspiring scientific best practice around our theme of Resiliency, Nature & Climate Solutions: Striving for Sustainable Land Management.

The NICOLA Annual Conference will be held at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa on the 16th – 17th November 2022.

Our Programme:

The themes for this year’s conference promises an engaged and energising program as we talk about sustainable innovation and resiliency in the face of global and local changes in our sphere. Our Call for Abstracts is now open and a more detailed programme for the conference will be published when finalised (anticipated August 2022).

16 November 2022
Day 1: Conference (including lunch and X2 tea breaks)
Sustainability Tour of Mount Nelson
Planetarium Tour & Networking Event
Celebratory Dinner including a finger dinner and soft drinks

17 November 2022
Day 2: Conference (including lunch and X2 tea breaks)
NICOLA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and election of available Steering Committee positions

Please note: Delegates attending both days of the conference will be eligible for 2 CPD credits

NICOLA 2022 is proudly brought to you by our Gold Sponsors:

Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts is now OPEN!

Abstracts are invited for presentations for the following themes:

  • Case Studies sharing the Impacts and Implications of changing climate on Contaminated Land Management
  • Incorporating climate resilience into site assessment and remediation
  • Nature based solutions for site assessment & remediation
  • Maximising sustainability (social, environment and economic) & circularity in remediation
  • Emerging Compounds of Concern
  • New and novel techniques

All accepted presenters are required to pay the technical-program registration fee at the early bird NICOLA membership rate; no financial assistance is available to support other costs of attending the Conference.

Submission information:
Authors are invited to submit their abstracts using the online form here. Authors will be required to provide the following information:

  • Abstract Title
  • Presenting Author
  • Presenting Author Company or Affiliation
  • Presenting Author Contact email
  • Co-author information (if applicable)
  • Selected theme
  • Body of abstract (No more than 500 words)
  • Presenting Author Bio (No more than 200 words)
  • Presenting Author LinkedIn Profile link
  • Presenter head-shot Profile Picture/s

Submission Timeline:
Deadline for abstracts submission: 5th of August 2022
Confirmation of acceptance: 19th of August 2022

Contact information:
If you have any queries please reach out to the organising committee on admin@nicola-org.com
Webpage: https://nicola-org.com/

Registration Information

NICOLA 2022 is finally the event that brings us back together to actively engage on innovative ideas and developments in sustainable land management. Join us as we collaborate and network across the industry, academic and regulatory communities in striving to make a greater difference as NICOLA.

Our keynote speakers will bring impactful insights setting the tone for our platform presenters to share on relevant topics aligned to local and globally trending themes.

The conference represents a fantastic opportunity to share ideas and ways of working which can be applied to your projects and generate value for your organisation. Our exhibitions will showcase products, vendors and service providers with expertise on the African continent and beyond who can offer knowledgeable insights to support you on your projects and challenges.

NICOLA continues to encourage & enable academic growth, and delegates attending both days of the conference will be eligible for 2 CPD credits in Category 1 of SACNASP (South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions)

Our pricing information is as follows:

2-Day Conference Fees on 16 and 17 November 2022

Early Bird registrations will apply till the until 19 September 2022 therefore full rates will be charged as per the table below:

Nicola Conference Fees
Members (early bird)R 3 600
Non-Members (early bird)R 4 600
Members (late registration)R 4 200
Non-Members (late registration)R 5 400

NICOLA Company Registered members can purchase 5 tickets for R15,000

Students / NPOs may register at standard rate of R2,200 pp (maximum of 20 places available, verification required, first come first served,)
Delegates can register for the conference here

Networking Opportunities
Sustainability Tour of Mount Nelson (16 November)
Free (please add to your cart to receive a ticket)
Planetarium Tour & Networking event (after technical programme concludes on Day 1)
Free (please add to your cart to receive a ticket)
Celebratory Dinner (16 November) R450 (please add to your cart in order to settle with conference ticket)

Key Dates to remember
Call for Abstract Deadline: 29th of July 2022
Draft Programme Announced: 19th of August 2022
Early Bird Registration Ends: 19th of September 2022
If you have any queries please reach out to the organising committee on admin@nicola-org.com

Registration Terms & Conditions
1. Early Bird registrations must be fully paid for by 19 September 2022. 2. Registrations booked after 19 September 2022, are to be paid in full 30 days after the date of the invoice. 3. Registrations made less than 30 days before the event must be paid in full prior to the event start date. 4. There is no refund or credit given for non-attendance. 5. Should you be unable to attend you are welcome to reassign your registration to another attendee who has the same registration status. Please notify admin@nicola-org to re-assign your registration. 6. Cancellations are non-refundable. Please notify admin@nicola-org if you wish to cancel. 8. There is no refund or credit given where the event has to be cancelled at short notice due to force majeure (including enforced lockdown due to COVID-19).

Sponsorship & Exhibition Information

NICOLA welcomes all members and non-members to participate in the Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities. As an astute conference offering face to face engagement after such a long time, all Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities provide a valuable platform for engagement and recognition of your organisation. There are limited opportunities available and we encourage participants to secure these opportunities as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Sponsorship:

The NICOLA’s 2022 conference provides Sponsors an elite setting and audience in which to showcase your brand and demonstrate your company’s commitment in progressing sustainable land management and overall sustainability goals. Together with this, we as NICOLA also value your contributions and association. NICOLA is a registered Non-Profit Company and sponsors play a vital role in the success of NICOLA activities. Local Sponsors are welcome to receive a Section 18A tax deductible certificate for your support.

For sponsorship, there are four unique opportunities:

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Take advantage of this unique opportunity for your organisation to:

  • Raise its profile, getting brand exposure amongst your peers and stakeholders or direct to your target market.
  • Be exposed to new potential clients/stakeholders and further develop your existing relationships.
  • Showcase its services, products or capabilities to the African and International markets.
  • Create collaboration opportunities with peers, international experts and other professionals

*Saving estimated at Early Bird and NICOLA Member fee of R3600 pp
** Saving estimated at 2022 NICOLA Company Membership rates of R3200

Exhibition:

As an Exhibitor, you have an opportunity to have your business and services recognised as a leader in the market. The NICOLA conference provides a ready-made customer base to showcase your offerings and innovative & sustainable solutions. The exhibition booths allow for personalised networking, business development with old and new clients as well as a collaboration space with peers, international experts and other professionals. The exposure also creates a great opportunity for organisations to meet talented and learned environmentalists. Your exhibition booth may remain open over the full 2 day conference and Celebratory dinner for your maximum exposure.
For Exhibitors, there are 8 spaces available at R10,000 each*:

Exhibitors are offered:

  • Single booth is 2m X 2m in size
  • Exhibition tables can be provided by the hotel
  • Booths will be located close to the conference presenting area
  • Exhibitors to provide own posters/banners/virtual displays
  • Exhibitor to provide any tokens they wish to distribute. Any tokens/marketing materials are encouraged to be aligned with our sustainability values.

*NICOLA withhold the right to approve exhibitors and remove any offensive material that may be put on display.

Enhancing Our Sustainability

We want to advise delegates that the conference will be as paperless as possible, programmes and training materials will all be provided electronically.

Our Choice of Venue:

The location of this years conference was clearly chosen so that NICOLA partners with responsible service providers engaged in enhancing sustainability. The Mount Nelson is committed to encouraging responsible tourism through the conservation of natural resources and its commitment to improving the lives of local communities. Through the implementation of various environmental, social and cultural initiatives, Belmond Mount Nelson contributes to the safeguarding of the environment and the upliftment of disadvantaged communities in surrounding areas. More information on the philosophies and initiatives being implemented at the venue can be found here

Carbon Offsetting:

We would like to encourage our delegates to consider offsetting their carbon from travelling to the conference. The UN Carbon Offset platform is supporting a number of projects in Africa which can be found here.

As a rough guide the following table can be used to support delegates in selecting the appropriate amount of CO2 to offset:

Flight Details (Round trip)Approximate CO2 (tonnes)
JHB/DUR -> CPT0.35
West of East Africa -> CPT1 - 1.5
North Africa -> CPT2.5
Europe -> CPT3
North America -> CPT4

Our Conference Venue

The Mount Nelson is committed to encouraging responsible tourism through the conservation of natural resources and its commitment to improving the lives of local communities. Through the implementation of various environmental, social and cultural initiatives, Belmond Mount Nelson contributes to the safeguarding of the environment and the upliftment of disadvantaged communities in surrounding areas. More information on the philosophies and initiatives being implemented at the venue can be found here:

Location
The conference centre contact information is:
76 Orange Street – Gardens – Cape Town – 8001 – South Africa
Tel: +27 21 483 1000
Contact Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel | Luxury Hotel in Cape Town

Accommodation
Accommodation is available onsite at the conference venue and NICOLA has negotiated a special discounted rate for all registered delegates at R4,500 pp for single occupancy. These rates are valid for three days prior and three days after the conference (13 November – 20 November). Delegates should book directly with Mount Nelson Hotel (elzanne.chambers@belmond.com) using the code NICOLA.

International visa requirements
International delegates should consult the immigration pages of the Department of Home Affairs to determine visa requirements for entry to South Africa.

Travel safety in South Africa
We recommend international delegates familiarise themselves with travel safety advice from their host country prior to travel.

Register now here