Science Forum 8th – 9th December

The Science Forum: SA 2015 will take place on 8-9 December at the CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa. The 2015 theme is: “Igniting conversations about science.” The Science Forum: South Africa is inspired by events such as ESOF, AAAS, and the Japan Agora. The conference has 3 key objectives of the Forum:

1.To create a platform for a vibrant debate on the role of science, technology and innovation and society in South Africa;

2.To strengthen South Africa’s strategic international science, technology and innovation partnerships; and

3.To create a platform for senior government leaders, academics, scientists, industry, civil society, and students to interact.

What to expect:

The Forum offers an enticing programme, including several parallel sessions, addressing the following diverse range of science and science policy themes:

1.Responding to societal challenges: interrogating the socio-economic impact of STI;

2.Skills for the knowledge economy: focusing on the importance of, and challenges for STI-oriented human capital development;

3.Showcasing South Africa’s best: highlighting flagship South African science success stories, especially those related to international partnerships;

4.Science agenda for Africa: discussing regional and continental partnerships to advance Africa’s growth and development;

5.What does the scientist say: interrogating the role of science in informing policy- and decision-making, including with regard to topics prominent in public debate; and

6. African eyes on the sky: discussing various aspects of astronomy in Africa including the SKA project. Go to www.sfsa.co.za for more on the 2015 science forum.