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SFSA2018, Pretoria, 12-14 December 2018

Background to SFSA2018

The South African Department of Science and Technology is proud to host the fourth Science Forum South Africa on 12-14 December 2018 in Pretoria. New to is that the plenary will take place on 12 December 2018, at the LC de Villiers Sport Complex of the University of Pretoria. The programme on 13-14 December 2018 will, like previous years, be at the CSIR International Convention Centre.

SFSA2018 will, like previous editions, serve as a large, open public platform for debating the science and society interface. It will again provide the opportunity for all interested parties to "Ignite Conversations about Science". The organising committee is excited to deepen the partnership with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) to further expand and enhance the focus on the Science, Technology, and Innovation on the African Continent and increase the Pan-African scientific participation.

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The purpose of this Second Presidential Roundtable is to bring together the best minds in the country, with some international participation, to make sense of these presumed cultural shifts on campuses and to ask what these tendencies might mean for the future of the academy in South Africa. Do these events represent momentary or more permanent shifts in campus cultures? Do such changes signal dismal futures or are they understandable reactions to settled violences on campuses? How should such tendencies – incivility, intolerance and violence – be understood and engaged, if at all possible? Are current arrangements for critical engagement in fact placing professorial voices at an advantage in that the appeal to reason and rational discourse favours those with the intellectual resources to engage on those terms? And could a more systematic study (consensus study, in Academy terms) of campus cultures since the new protest movement started (2015) be helpful in understanding the present and guiding the future?

Date: 30 May 2018
Time: 17:00 – 19:00
Venue: The Country Club – Johannesburg 1 Napier Road, Auckland Park GPS co-ordinates: 26°10′ 59.00′′ South – 28°00′ 46.26′′ East
RSVP: RSVP by 23 May 2018.

Please note that limited space is available. Refreshments will be served after the event. 

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Department of Science and Technology

Date: 25-29 June, 2018

Theme: Building BRICS Youth Leadership through Science,Technology and InnovationVenue: Durban, South Africa

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16-17 April 2018, Kempton Park, Gauteng#SEforAll

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is hosting a national Discussion Forum on ‘Sustainable Energy for All in South Africa’. The United Nations has declared this decade as the international decade of sustainable energy for all (#SEforAll).

The world relies on the science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation sector to provide new ways of obtaining clean, reusable and sustainable energy. See theupdated programme for the range of speakers.

20x15 NSTF BR Sustainable Energy 3

Please confirm your attendance. It’s almost a full house and seats are limited.

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Event objective

To use the NSTF collaborative neutral platform to discuss and respond to issues around environmentally and economically sustainable energy, as well as access of energy for all.The NSTF Discussion Forums gather stakeholders together, across the public and private sectors, to put forward recommendations to influence government policies.

This is a FREE event for all employees ofNSTF Member Organisations across six sectors.

Delegate registration information

Date: 16-17 April 2018
Time: 8:30 for 9:00 to 16:30
Venue: Emperors Palace Convention Centre, Marcia Room, 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Gauteng
Topic: Sustainable Energy for All in South Africa
Programme: Click here
RSVP: Register online by no later than Friday, 13 April 2018 by 12pm We invite you to join us for lunch and use the opportunity for further  discussion and networking.

Advancing Rangeland Ecology and Pasture Management in Africa
Incorporating the Ninth Research Skills Workshopand a Policy & Practice Workshop on Ecological Infrastructure
22 to 27 July 2018
ARC Training Centre, Roodeplaat, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa


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North Gauteng Senior Science Fair will take place on 17-18 August 2018, at UP Sports Center.  Judges who are interested in judging are asked to diarise that date.  Judges will be required on the Friday afternoon from 1pm.

North Gauteng Junior Science Fair will take place on 8 August at Maragon Olympus private school.  Judges will be required on the Wednesday morning, from 8am until 2pm.  Please diarise this date if you are interested in judging.

If you are definitely available to judge and one or both of these events, please log in and indicate your availability.

We are also looking for a person or organisation interested in organising the Senior Environmental Challenge this year.  This challenge will take place at North Gauteng Senior Science Fair.  Learners will arrive on the day, and be given a challenge and the materials required. We are looking for a volunteer with an interest in this field to take over the planning and running of this event for 2018.  If you are interested, please reply to this email.

You can earn 1/2 a CPD point for each half a day in cat 3.

Present by Prof. Mike Muller

14 March 2018  |  17h30 for 18h00
Donald Gordon Auditorium, School of Governance, Wits Parktown Management Campus, 2 St David's Place, Parktown, Johannesburg

Over the next decade, Gauteng could experience a water crisis far worse than that currently afflicting Cape Town. Nelson Mandela Bay is already in the grip of supply restrictions and Ethekwini is also at risk. In all cases, there are ways to avoid allowing risks to turn into crises. But, too often, sound technical advice is ignored.  Why is that? We need to ask: What does society want from engineers and the engineering and related technical professions? Do we want skilled professionals who will give sound advice and ensure effective delivery of excellent projects? Leaders who will transform their organisations and society? Can we have the whole package? Or do we first need to decolonise the professions and what would that mean? This lecture will provide some perspectives, through the lens of water, on the challenges that engineers and all technical professions face in a 21st century non-racist, non-sexist, democratic South Africa.

This lecture is open to the public, and will be followed by light refreshments (courtesy of the South African Academy of Engineering - SAAE)

Please RSVP for catering purposes to Ms Heleen Duffey by 12 March 2018: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please see the map below for the location of the Donald Gordon Auditorium:

Wits School of Governance Map

The process of reconstituting the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions has been completed. View the new Council.
If you are final year Natural Science student, you can enroll at SACNASP. View more information.