The 7th International Palaeontological Congress (IPC7)

30 November – 3 December 2026

Cape Town, South Africa


Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to be hosting the 7th International Palaeontological Congress (IPC7) in South Africa in 2026. This is the second time that this meeting will be held in the global South and the first time in Africa. The meeting will be held during the height of our very pleasant summer season at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) between the 30 November – 3 December. The first class CTICC has the capacity to host hundreds of delegates, both in large rooms and smaller breakaway rooms. Situated on the outskirts of the Central Business District, the CTICC is close to the vibrant heart of Cape Town’s city center and a short walk to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront which hosts numerous restaurants and hotels to suit all pockets.

The fossil heritage of South Africa is renown globally for its importance in understanding the history of life on Earth and extends from the very beginnings of life on Earth to the world-famous hominin relatives that have been recovered here. We will soon be inviting submissions for symposia topics, and we expect the meeting to offer a wide range of symposia, as well as space for general talks. We are also organising a series of fieldtrips to give delegates a feel for the rich fossiliferous rocks in South Africa that span significant periods of time. Furthermore, delegates attending the IPC7 will have the opportunity to visit important museum collections in South Africa.

We look forward to hosting palaeoscientists from around the world, and we hope to see you in 2026 in Cape Town.

Yours sincerely,


Prof. Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan

On behalf of the local organizing committee