6-7 December 2016, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa

The Science Forum: South Africa is inspired by events such as ESOF, AAAS and the Japan Agora. It is a first attempt to bring such a large-scale public platform for debating the science and society interface to Africa.


Our event is international, reflected by the participation of speakers and attendees from a diverse range of countries, especially from Africa.


We offer an “enticing” conference programme comprising several parallel sessions, addressing a diverse range of science and science policy orientated themes.


Our participants are diverse, comprising scientists, students, public and private sector representatives as well as civil society constituents.

Public input

Our conference programme enables public input through a competitive call for proposals for the organisation of sessions.

The theme for the Science Forum: South Africa 2016 will be announced soon.

The 2015 Forum offered an enticing programme, including several parallel sessions, addressing the following diverse range of science and science policy themes:

  • Responding to societal challenges: interrogating the socio-economic impact of STI;
  • Skills for the knowledge economy: focusing on the importance of, and challenges for STI-oriented human capital development;
  • Showcasing South Africa’s best: highlighting flagship South African science success stories, especially those related to international partnerships;
  • Science agenda for Africa: discussing regional and continental partnerships to advance Africa’s growth and development;
  • What does the scientist say: interrogating the role of science in informing policy- and decision-making, including with regard to topics prominent in public debate; and
  • African eyes on the sky: discussing various aspects of astronomy in Africa including the SKA project.
  • 14 March 2016

    Call for thematic session proposals open.

  • 13 MAY 2016

    Call for thematic session proposals close.

  • 30 MAY 2016

    Parallel session announcement.