African Science Forum in Pretoria to encourage home-grown innovation

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.”

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