Scifest Africa Celebrates 26 Years With a Return to the Basics

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Date: Wednesday, 7th September 2022 to Tuesday, 13th September 2022

Since 1996, Scifest Africa has been a doorway into the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation (STEMI) for the people of South Africa. Since its inception, Scifest Africa has hosted hundreds of international speakers and workshop leaders, and has enlightened and entertained well over a million attendees of all ages, becoming the largest of such an event on the continent.

The theme for 2022 is “Back to the Basics”, inspired by UNESCO’s “International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022”. In 2022, Scifest Africa will be highlighting the crucial role of basic sciences (physics, chemistry, maths & biology) for sustainable development, and emphasising their contributions to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Says Festival Manager Fredy Mashate, “In 2021 we celebrated our Silver Jubilee and looked back on our growth over the past 25 years. This year we’re stripping it “Back to the Basics'' focusing on the goal of making science accessible to all. The role of Scifest Africa is to promote STEM and science engagement to the people of South Africa - we’re excited for a return to live to reach new audiences.”

The Festival is currently accepting applications to present in its workshop programme, events and exhibitions. They are offering a 10% early bird discount to early applicants until Friday, 29 April 2022.

The deadline for final submissions is Monday, 23 June 2022. More information on the process, visit

The full programme will be released electronically at in early August.

Please do not hesitate to contact Steph Dvorak at should you require any additional information.

Makhanda looks forward to welcoming you to the celebration of science!

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