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 Forum will again serve as a large, open, public platform for debating the science and society interface. SFSA2016 will have a specific focus on the social sciences and humanities, as well as the role of science in Africa’s development.
Here are a few quotes from last year’s satisfied attendees:
“I would like to thank you very much for receiving the delegation from the Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) on the occasion of the Science Forum South Africa. … I am glad to report that the numerous visits undertaken during our stay in South Africa proved very successful … I also take this opportunity to congratulate once more you on organizing such a successful and useful event to bring institutions and actors active in science on the African continent together and to wish you all the very best for the coming year.”
– Dr. Phillippe Gillet, Vice-président, Pour les Affaires académiques, Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
“I deem it my privilege at having been invited last week to attend the ‘Science Forum South Africa – Igniting Conversations about Science’, as well as the first ever ceremony on Science Diplomacy Awards instituted by your Ministry. Let me reiterate that these are not only the visionary initiatives taken by Your Excellency for the growth of the African nations but are also the symbols of hope for the entire developing community across the globe. … I sincerely believe that it has proved to be a ‘Think Tank’ where new ideas would transpire.”
– Prof. Arun P. Kulshreshtha, Director-General, NAM S&T Centre (Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries)
“We were happy to be part of the successful forum and participated in many of the plenary and parallel sessions. We were pleased to see many Fellows of our Academy participate in many sessions …. We greatly appreciate your thoughts and advice during your opening address and we carried home the ‘seven messages’.”
– Prof Berhanu Abegaz, Executive Director, The African Academy of Sciences
The SFSA2016 Coordinating Committee is looking forward to receive you on 8-9 December 2016 to be part of the people that will Ignite Conversations about Science to the benefit of South Africa, Africa and the world. Please register online to attend.