Science Forum South Africa provides a platform for all stakeholders, writes Naledi Pandor. I will convene in Pretoria, the first “Science Forum South Africa”. The event is designed as a “public science” event open to all interested stakeholders to provide a platform for discussion and debate on the role of science in South Africa and African society, as well as globally. The programme is bringing together more than 1 500 participants for discussion and debate in four plenary sessions, 32 (parallel) short seminars and 18 individual lectures – labelled “Science talks”. The forum will also include an exhibition and public outreach activities. The opening plenary session will include remarks by the African Union’s Commissioner for Science and Technology, Japan’s renowned Science and Technology in Society Forum chairman, Koji Omi, and Professor Salim Abdool Karim, internationally acclaimed for his work in the fight against HIV/Aids. With the current international negotiations on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris enjoying huge public attention, the Science Forum will include a plenary debate on the science, technology and innovation response to climate change. Chaired by the chairwoman of South Africa’s National Advisory Council on Innovation, Professor Cheryl de la Rey, and introduced [...]
Pretoria - History is being made in Pretoria on Tuesday when the Science Forum South Africa kicks off at the CSIR International Convention Centre with a view to stimulate debate about the role of science in addressing societal challenges. Under the theme, Igniting conversations about Science, the two-day conference will see about 1 500 participants from 45 countries exchanging ideas on the interface between science, technology and innovation in building a better society. South Africa is widely expected to utilise the conference as a vehicle to strengthen its strategic international science, technology and innovation partnerships. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said the intention of the host nation was to make the conference a regular feature of the science calendar. Pandor has pushed repeatedly for greater investment in research and development, as well as human capital in South Africa. During her budget vote earlier this year, she warned that inadequate resources for research and innovation would deny the government the opportunity to “realise the full potential of the difference science and innovation can make in a society”. While acknowledging restraints on the government, she has lobbied for more money, asserting that investment in research and innovation will lead to greater [...]
The Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) is a two-day science conference held at the CSIR in Pretoria to foster public engagement on science and technology and also showcases science in the country. Seven things that Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor wants people to do at the end of SFSA are: - To call on governments and institutions to invest in science and innovation in Africa; - To devout increased attention to developing robust national systems of innovation; - For communities to be informed about science and be encouraged to value it; - Partnerships between government and other institutions around science; - Increased investments in the health sciences as this will be direct investment in improving the quality of life; - More effort be put in fostering African and global science collaboration; - For youth to be encouraged to prize knowledge.
South Africa will next month host its first international science conference, showcasing homegrown research and innovation. The South African Science Forum, which will be held at the CSIR international convention centre in Pretoria, aims to emulate the likes of the Euroscience Open Forum in Europe, the Japanese Science, Technology and Society Forum and the annual meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the United States. It is free to attend the conference. “We hope that the South African Science Forum will provide Africa with a platform for dynamic and robust debate on the interface between science and society,” science and technology minister Naledi Pandor said on Wednesday. The 2015 event, themed ‘Igniting conversations about science’, “will bring together stakeholders – scientists, government officials, industry leaders, students and representatives from broader civil society – from our country and continent, and all over the world”, she said. “We want it to be a platform not only for African scientists to talk about their work – and there are many success stories to be told – but also for scientists and all spheres of society to engage on the interface between research and their needs.” The department of science [...]
PRESS RELEASE African countries are striving hard to improve and strengthen their research, development and innovation (RDI) capacity. Much of this work goes unnoticed and is rarely the subject of national debate. On 8 and 9 December 2015, the DST will host a major public science event, 'Science Forum South Africa'. The Science Forum, with strong international participation, will be held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. In addition to the main Science Forum programme in Pretoria, there will be satellite communication and outreach events, including here in the Western Cape. This is the first time in the history of our young democracy that such an event has been held in South Africa, but we hope that it will become a regular part of the science calendar. The Science Forum will contribute towards a culture of open discussion and access to science, technology and innovation. Background The event is inspired by the "open science" conferences, convened with great success elsewhere in the world, like the European Science Open Forum or the annual meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Science, Technology and Society Forum in Japan. We hope that the South African Science [...]
Read the Cabinet statement in all official languages 1. Implementation of key government programmes 1.1. Cabinet commends the progress made by the Department of Human Settlements in the Savanna City Integrated Human Settlements project in the Sedibeng District Municipality. Completion of the sustainable and integrated, new town development project, in ten years, will provide 18 399 Integrated housing units which include “Breaking New Ground Houses” and bonded houses, educational facilities, clinics, crèches, churches and retail sites Since the beginning of construction early this year over 1 000 of the 18 399 houses are being built with over 100 completed. Prominent South Africans joined industry stakeholders, including mayors and officials from the Sedibeng District Municipality, in working on three houses for the oldest beneficiaries. 1.3. Cabinet welcomes the upgrading of the R25 (P6-1) road, a 42-kilometre roadthat links Gauteng and Limpopo. The project, which stretches between Bapsfontein and Bronkhorstspruit, has employed more than 200 people. It will also benefit the agricultural and mining sectors in the area by promoting faster movement of freight trucks that transport goods and services. 2. Key Cabinet decisions 2.1. Cabinet was briefed by the Department of Science and Technology, which will be hosting a major public science week: Science [...]