Systems Engineering for Earth’s Future

Frequently Asked Questions

What is INCOSE?

INCOSE is the International Council on Systems Engineering. Information about the history of the organization, its mission and objectives can be found on the website at

What is the INCOSE symposium?

The INCOSE symposium has a rich history that dates back to 1991, and has continued uninterrupted every year to the present. The symposium continues to be the largest annual gathering of systems engineering professionals, educators and researchers.
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When and where is the symposium this year?

IS2020 is taking place in Cape Town - South Africa from July 18 – 23, 2020.

Who can attend the symposium?

The symposium is an open event and everyone who registers and pays their registration fees is welcome to attend. Attendance includes access to the technical sessions, the exhibition area and food and beverage for the day. Access to some special events, such as tutorials and tours, will require special registration.
Although early registration is encouraged, it is possible to register on-site, but some limited-availability options, such as the banquet, may be closed. Participants are encouraged to bring their family members, but special conditions may apply regarding access to the event. Extra guest tickets are available for some sessions on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is there a theme for IS2020?

INCOSE began to brand the International Symposium since 2010 under the specially designed INCOSE International Symposium logo. The IS2020 theme as posted on the web site: Systems Engineering for Earth’s Future - Uniting Technology and Grand Challenges though Systems Engineering

How much does symposium registration cost?

Registration options for the symposium include a full registration, which covers all six days, unlimited access to plenary and technical presentations, food and beverage for lunches and breaks, access to the exhibit hall and all activities scheduled therein, registration materials, access to on line proceedings. Tutorials, external tours, banquet and guest tickets are available for sale when you register. Registration for a single day or a two-day entrance is also available. Attendance for three days is treated as a full registration. INCOSE members and members of affiliated organizations are eligible for discounts on the basic registration fees. These discounts do not apply to other activities such as tutorials, tours, receptions or the banquet. For more details about registration fees, please check registration fees webpage.
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When can I register?

Registration will open in April 2020. The early discount period generally extends until 50 days before the event begins. On-site registration is also accepted.

Where can I stay?

Rooms have been secured at a selection of preferred hotels exclusively for attendees of the Symposium. Please check accomodation webpage.

I am a presenter; do I have to pay to attend the symposium?

Unless special arrangements are stipulated, all presenters shall pay the required fees to attend the symposium, at the minimum for the day of their presentation(s). Failure to register before the specified deadline may result in removal of the paper or panel from the final published proceedings and forfeiture of your place in the technical program.

What is the difference between an open and closed meeting at the IS?

INCOSE values transparency in all its actions and activities. An open meeting is one in which you can just drop in and start contributing to the work of the participants - in true workshop style. Closed meetings are those with a focused agenda and an audience qualified to address the agenda. In many cases, you can reach out to the chair of a meeting in advance - either to join the group or to observe. In some cases, it may be inappropriate; for example, the CAB is for corporate members; the CAG is the advisory group for Certification discussing sensitive topics where the meeting must be closed to protect the integrity of the process and the certification.

Travel to South Africa

Passport & Visa
If you want to visit South Africa, you must produce a valid visa before you can enter into the country. A visa will be issued for a visit for tourism or business purposes and is valid for a period of 90 days.
Some countries are exempted from visa control, which means that citizens from those countries do not need a visa to visit South Africa.
Depending on your intended visit, you can apply for a Visitor’s Visa or a Transit Visa.
More information can be found at:

The information is provided as a courtesy but is subject to change. If you are uncertain of your personal status, please contact the South Africa Departement of Home Affairs.