Igniting Conversations about Science | Get involved!

Igniting Conversations about Science | Get involved! 2016-11-18T10:25:50+00:00

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Science Talk
Presenter: Prof Thandi Mgwebi, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
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In this session we will share the insights gained during the launch of the 2016 Science Forum South Africa, which was held in the Western Cape, South Africa. Lessons learnt from the production “I love when you are breathing”, which was performed by the Handspring Puppet company will be shared. The WC audience had an opportunity of seeing a puppet deliver a meta-theatrical address to critics and the general public. Using comedy and generous amounts of self-reflexive humour this presentation gave insight into the behind-the-scenes life of a puppet. During this session, you will have an opportunity to engage on the implications and meanings of this theatrical production. The Western Cape pre-event served as a motivator to expand these science conversations in a structured manner across South Africa. Please do join us to find out how you can get involved in sharing your experiences and participating in shaping the national science agenda!
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mgwebiProf Thandi Mgwebi
University of the Western Cape, South Africa
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Thandi Mgwebi is a Research and Innovation leader with a PhD in Medical Sciences, specifically, Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Cape Town (UCT). For the past 10 years – since 2006, she has worked within the South African NSI from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the later as Executive Director for DST-NRF Research Chairs Initiative at the National Research Foundation (NRF). During this period she was responsible for designing and implementing numerous policies, organisational and development systems and strategies involving the management and mentoring of multicultural teams, and establishing and guiding multi-sectoral partnerships and networks. Her science diplomacy skills and insightful knowledge of the SA National System of Innovation (NSI) have seen her being nominated and invited to represent the country at many international forums such as the World Science Forum; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the European Open Science Forum and others. Her insightful knowledge of the Science and Education landscape and experience in Education, has seen her being appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a Ministerial task team member in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a National Mathematical Sciences Programme. Thandi is an advocate of science engagement and communication, and has concluded significant international partnerships that have leveraged financial and in-kind support to the national science agenda. Thandi is a co-Chair of the 2017 World Sustainability Forum. She currently serves as Director of Research at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa.
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