SciFest Africa celebrates 22nd Anniversary

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Wednesday, 31st January 2018

South Africa’s National Science Festival, Scifest Africa, will be celebrating its 22nd anniversary event from 7-13 March 2018 in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

Scifest Africa was established by the Grahamstown Foundation in 1996 to promote the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of science, technology and innovation in South Africa.

The theme for 2018 is “Innovation 4.0”, with reference to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which attributes technology advancement and transformation. We encourage our participating organisations to think artificial intelligence, 3D printing, nanotechnology, digital, quantum computing and the unlimited possibilities of emerging technology breakthroughs.

In 2017, Scifest Africa attracted more than 62,000 visitors and offered a festival programme that consisted of 58 exhibitions and 726 events, presented by 291 contributors from 75 organisations in South Africa and the international STI sector. The national science festival received media coverage to the value of ZAR 4.1 million from 1 January - 31 March 2017. 

Scifest Africa identifies and designs unique interactive events and educational resources with scientific integrity to advance science, facilitate learning in an informal and non-threatening way, and provide learners with an opportunity to discover science outside the classroom.

Our festival lecture programme offers a remarkable list of lecturers and young researchers from South Africa and abroad who will be sharing their wealth of knowledge with us. Among them is Mintek geologist and 2017 FameLab International winner Tshiamo Legoale, Dr Tiisetso Lephoto from Wits University who is one of the youngest PhD Graduates in the field of cell and molecular biology, Dr Jeanita Pritchett from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other exceptional women in STEM experts. Prof Mike Bruton, author of the newly released book ‘What a great idea! Awesome South African inventions’ will be giving a talk as well as Professor Petri Vaisanen from the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) will also be contributing to the lecture programme. Our plethora of exhibitions and workshops include a virtual tour of NASA’s Robotics Lab with Jim Adams, SAASTA’s insightful ‘Wonders of Nanotech’ and more exciting workshops with a Scifest favourite, Dr Stephen Ashworth. All interactive events that are not classified as exhibitions, lectures and workshops fall under our Etcetera section of our official programme.

With continued support from the Department of Science and Technology, the festival makes science accessible to the public, encouraging parents and schools from across the country to bring learners to the event. Scifest Africa provides a platform for leading scientists, both locally and globally, to engage with the youth and inspire them to embark on careers in science and become leaders in these fields.

The electronic programme will be available at from 5 February 2018.


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