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The country’s readiness to support the shale gas industry will come under the spotlight during a two-day conference scheduled to take place in Port Elizabeth from 31 August to 1 September.

Hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the conference aims to highlight critical national reports on shale gas in South Africa, analyse the regulatory environment, consolidate common findings and recommendations, and provide a platform for debate.

The ASSAf report, South Africa’s Technical Readiness to support the Shale Gas Industry, and the Department of Environmental Affairs report, Shale Gas Development in the Central Karoo: A Scientific Assessment of the Opportunities and Risks, will be highlighted.

The two-day event is expected to attract 150 key stakeholders from government, industry and academia. Delegates from other African countries and further abroad will also attend the conference.

The Director-General of Science and Technology, Dr Phil Mjwara, will address the opening session of the event on 31 August 2017.

Media are invited as follows:

Date:              31 August 2017
Time:             08:30
Venue:           Boardwalk Conference Centre

As the effects of climate change continue to be felt around the world, particularly in Africa, ongoing research has become critical to mitigate its impacts. In response, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has committed to produce two reports on climate change for Cabinet as part of "Outcome 10: Protect and Enhance our Environmental Assets and Natural Resources" of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework.

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Six Members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) scooped awards at the prestigious National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awardsfor 2016/2017 announced on 29 June. Two of the six winners are ASSAf Council members.

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NSTF and SKA SA collaborate on astronomy tour for 2016 top matriculants in mathematics and science

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is proud to announce a new collaboration with the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa to reward South Africa’s 2016 top matriculants in mathematics and physical science. The collaboration will see SKA SA support a national astronomy tour from 22-29 June for participants selected for the NSTF Brilliants Programme.

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We have 10 pre-conference workshops on offer this year.To ensure delegates don’t miss out, we’ll be spotlighting each workshop daily for the next 10 days. Here is the 1st of 10.  

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CSIR Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) Call for Expression of Interest (EoI) Product and process development incubation support to Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs)

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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.