SFSA2017 will emphasise Pan-African Science, Technology and Innovation, as well as Innovation for Inclusive Development. The following themes will provide the framework for session allocation:
Shaping humanity – the focus in this theme 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 theme 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 racial balance in an optimal functioning system of innovation.
Open science and open innovation for Africa’s development– the focus in this theme 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 theme will be on how science, technology and innovation is changing society, how is it contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of all citizens and how we ensure ethical considerations are addressed and science-driven development is equitable and sustainable.
A better world – the focus in this theme 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 theme 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.