Proposals

Proposals 2015-05-28T13:48:57+00:00

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Science Forum South Africa are calling for thematic session proposals for the Forum.

The 2016 Forum will have a specific focus on the social sciences and humanities, as well as the role of science in Africa’s development.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is Friday, 15 July 2016.

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  • To create a platform for a vibrant debate on the role of science, technology and innovation in society;
  • To promote international science, technology and innovation partnerships; and
  • To create a platform for key science, technology and innovation actors, including senior government leaders, academics, scientists, industry, civil society, and students to interact.

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  • A provocative and stimulating forum programme comprising several parallel sessions, addressing a diverse range of science and science policy orientated themes;
  • A rich diversity in the background of participants, comprising scientists, students, public and private sector representatives as well as civil society constituents;
  • A forum programme not only compiled “top-down” by the organisers but also enabling public input through a competitive call for proposals for the organisation of sessions; and
  • A strong international dimension to the event, reflected by the participation of speakers and attendees from a diverse range of countries, especially from Africa.

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The SFSA2016 programme will be structured according to a number of indicative thematic tracks. These are:

Shaping humanity – the focus in this track will be on how social sciences shape our human experiences and behaviours to improve the quality of life for all human beings, and the world we live in, including a better understanding of what is required to uplift people in a sustainable manner.

Preparing people for the knowledge economy – the focus in this track will be on the attitudes, education, experience, and abilities required individually and collectively to succeed in the knowledge economy, with a specific focus on achieving gender and demographic balance in an optimal functioning system of innovation.

Open science and open innovation for Africa’s development – the focus in this track will be on what the impact will be on Africa’s development if there was a concerted drive to intensify collaboration among all stakeholders in the scientific and innovation enterprise, including through the enhanced dissemination and sharing of research results to maximise impact.

Science transforming society – the focus in this track will be on how science, technology and innovation is changing society, how it contributes to the improvement of the quality of living for all citizens, how ethical considerations are addressed, while ensuring science-driven development is equitable and sustainable.

A better world – the focus in this track will be on the sustainable solutions science, technology and innovation can provide to global challenges like poverty, inequality, inclusive development and a secure society, with an emphasis on the value of enhanced international collaboration in addressing these shared global challenges.

Innovation shaping the industry of tomorrow – the focus in this track will be on how the exponential pace of progress in science, technology and innovation is disrupting every industry in every country and how the so-called “fourth industrial revolution” will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another.
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