Disadvantaged SA universities see promise in research fairness scheme

By | 2017-10-10T05:42:14+00:00 September 30th, 2017|

The University of Fort Hare and Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) could be among the first South African research institutions to evaluate the fairness of their research practices using a recently-launched benchmarking scheme. The two ‘historically disadvantaged’ institutions joined four others—including heavyweights like the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University—at a workshop in [...]

Talking science year-round

By | 2017-08-15T09:23:42+00:00 December 13th, 2016|

by Tracy Burrows Creating conversations about science and technology can help drive innovation and progress for everyone, says University of the Western Cape Research Head Prof Thandi Mgwebi. Speaking on the sidelines of the second annual Department of Science and Technology (DST) Science Forum South Africa last week, Prof Mgwebi said it was in everyone's interest [...]

Special Report | Science Forum South Africa 2016 – Mail & Guardian

By | 2017-08-15T09:27:16+00:00 December 9th, 2016|

We have 18 000 researchers working in universities, research councils and industry, trying to understand South Africa and its people, and to find solutions to its problems. But that is not a face of South Africa — and Africa, for that matter — that is often seen by the rest of the world, or by [...]

Eager to continue to Ignite Conversations about Science

By | 2017-08-15T09:29:58+00:00 October 25th, 2016|

Eager to continue to Ignite Conversations about Science and to build on the success of the first Science Forum South Africa (held in December 2015) the South African Department of Science and Technology will be hosting the second Science Forum South Africa on 8-9 December 2016, at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa. The [...]

Government South Africa hosts Science Forum South Africa

By | 2017-08-15T09:32:56+00:00 December 17th, 2015|

On 8 and 9 December, 2015 a landmark event took place in Pretoria, South Africa. The government of South Africa hosted the first pan-African general science conference, Science Forum South Africa. Minister Naledi Pandor of Science and Technology of South Africa, a regular guest at recent ESOF meetings, was the driving force behind the Science Forum [...]

Looking back at Science Forum South Africa 2015

By | 2017-08-15T09:31:47+00:00 December 17th, 2015|

Science Forum South Africa: igniting conversations about science The government of South Africa hosted the first pan-African general science conference, Science Forum South Africa, on 8 and 9 December 2015 in Pretoria. EuroScience Secretary General Dr. Peter Tindemans, who attended this landmark event gives an account of it in EuroScientist, the EuroScience online publication dedicated to science [...]

Science and technology can be answer to Africa’s challenges

By | 2017-08-15T09:39:06+00:00 December 10th, 2015|

Despite receiving minimal attention from most governments across the world, the science and innovation sectors had the potential to solve numerous perennial problems, such as water scarcity, Minister Naledi Pandor said at the opening of the inaugural Science Forum South Africa at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria on 8 December [...]

Science can solve many of Africa’s problems – Pandor

By | 2017-08-15T09:38:16+00:00 December 9th, 2015|

PRETORIA – Despite receiving minimal attention from most governments across the world, the science and innovation sectors had the potential to solve numerous perennial problems like water scarcity, South Africa’s Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday. “Africa cannot advance without investing in science. At present, there are efforts to enhance the status [...]

#SFSA: Businesspeople look for answers

By | 2017-08-15T09:37:20+00:00 December 9th, 2015|

Pretoria - The Science Forum South Africa is primarily about scientists and researchers showcasing the latest science innovations in the country but enterprising businesspeople are also looking to it to figure out what the opportunities of the future might look like. One of these people was a Pretoria businessman, who declined to be named, who [...]

Science can fix SA ills

By | 2017-08-15T09:39:10+00:00 December 9th, 2015|

Pretoria - Science was perceived to be less significant than water scarcity, food security and disease burdens, yet all of these could be addressed through science. This was according to Minister for Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, in her opening address to the Science Forum South Africa at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria on [...]