12:00-12:30 Why Mentoring Scientists Matters

Presenter: Mr Madimetja S. Lephoto

Mr Madimetja S. Lephoto

Madimetja Solomon Lephoto is an Consultant Exploration Geophysicist at Alectrona Consulting.

He currently serves on the board of Sterkspruit Aggregates – A Joint Venture with Natal Portland Cement; Also serves on the boards of Ricocure and Sezigyn – Oil and Gas exploration companies licensed to explore offshore West Coast of South Africa.

He graduated from University of Pretoria with BSc and BSc Honours in Exploration Geophysics and a Masters in Petroleum Geophysics from the University of Houston.

He worked on projects in mining, oil and gas across Africa. He researched on electromagnetic data integration with seismic data while working for KMS Technologies in Cologne Germany.

He is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the South African Geophysical Association (SAGA), the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), tered practitioner of Geophysics under SACNASP and South African Scrabble Association.

2008 – Vice-President of the South African Geophysical Association (Western Cape Branch, 2008)

2010 – Brightest Young Minds of South Africa alumni, adrenalin junkie, adventurous traveler, avid scrabble player and an eternal South African optimist

Scientist are generally not viewed as having good social skills and communication skills. I think we need to create an enabling environment and willing culture to make it easier for our scientists to interact with learners, students and general public about the importance of science and the fun in science.

Also create a window of opportunity to communicate openly on scientific matters and careers because it is through this improved communication and engagement that we can make science cooler than looking like we are all Einstein-like. Also about the role of science in daily lives and how to look at science in practice in our daily activities.