Opening Plenary 2017-12-06T14:43:23+00:00

Opening Plenary

7 December 2017 | 11:00-12:45

11:00-11:05

11:05-11:15

Welcome address by the Minister of Science and Technology of the Republic of South Africa, Minister Naledi Pandor

11:15-11:25

Address by the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, Prof Sarah Anyang Agbor

11:25-11:35

Special presentation: What a great idea, awesome South African inventions by Prof Mike Bruton, founding director Cape Town Science Centre

11:35-12:00

Keynote address by the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa

12:00-12:45

Panel discussion: Harnessing science for Africa’s growth and development

Moderated by Dr Erika Kraemer-Mbula, Tshwane University of Technology with perspectives from:

Developing country: Honourable Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Jamaica

Southern African region: Honourable Dr Alfred Madigele, Minister of Tertiary, Education, Science and Technology, Botswana

International cooperation partner: Mr Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of the European Commission for Research, Innovation and Science

Philanthropy: Dr Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

African science: Prof Felix Dapare Dakora, President of African Academy of Science

African business: Ms Lynette Chen, CEO of the NEPAD Business Foundation

African youth: Dr Freda Asem, University of Ghana, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) programme

12:45

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