Cape Town

Cape Town is often described as the Mother City of South Africa and the Western Cape is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of Dutch, Indonesian, French, British and German settlers with the local San and Khoi tribes and other African people from the north.

The African Society of Human Genetics, and the Southern African Society for Human Genetics are very proud to be hosting the ICHG 2021 in Cape Town, which will be held in April 2021. This is the first time the International Congress of Human Genetics will be held on the African continent.

South Africa has a remarkable history, with the achievement of democracy two decades ago serving as an inspiration to many around the world. This congress presents an opportunity to showcase Genetics/Genomics across the world, bringing together international experts, as well as young postgraduates addressing challenges in human health and highlighting how genomic technologies are being harnessed to address such challenges.

The meeting will offer a diverse, relevant and cutting-edge scientific program, numerous educational opportunities for trainees and unprecedented networking opportunities for anyone wishing to understand the current status of genomics and human health.

Cape Town is quite simply a stunningly beautiful city and we encourage you to take a few days before or after the meeting to explore the proximal beauty of Table Mountain and the Peninsula, the Winelands, and the Garden Route. In addition, your visit to Africa should be supplemented with possible visits to other continental destinations e.g. Cradle of Human Kind (South Africa), Kruger National Park (South Africa), Okavango swamps (Botswana), Masai Mara (Kenya/Tanzania), Mt Kilimanjaro (Kenya/Tanzania), or the great pyramids of Egypt before or after the meeting.

We invite you to start preparing now for what promises to be an unprecedented combination of science and destination – and look forward to meeting you in Cape Town in 2021 – on behalf of the Executive Committees of the African and Southern African Societies of Human Genetic


Cape Town is often described as the Mother City of South Africa and the Western Cape
is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world.


Africa is where humanity originated and diverged to its greatest extent, genetically! With the remarkable advances made through the Human Genome project and its more recent technological applications for human health, agriculture and mapping the human journey across our planet – there is no better time to bring the international genomics community back home to Africa. The ICHG 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa is meant to be a strategic and watershed meeting. It is hoped that several high powered delegates and funding agencies could be wooed to come to Cape Town, which is known as the jewel in Africa’s