Event | December 7—8, 2017
CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa

Across the world nations increasingly seek to harness the potential of science as an instrument for growth and development. Science is also an integral part of the global effort to advance sustainable development. The interface between science and society and the interrogation of the role of science in society has therefore never been more critical.

Against this background South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Minister Naledi Pandor convened on 8-9 December 2015 in Pretoria, the first “Science Forum South Africa” (SFSA). The event was designed as a “public science” event open to all interested stakeholders, which provided a platform for discussion and debate on the role of science in South African and African society as well as globally. 

Now in its third edition, the Science Forum South Africa provides Africa with its first “open science” event, similar to forums convened with great success elsewhere in the world. The two-day programme brings together more than 1 500 participants for discussion and debate in plenary sessions, short seminars and individual lectures (labelled as “Science talks”. The SFSA also includes an exhibition and public outreach activities.

The Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) fully subscribe to the notion of open science. SFSA is dedicated to igniting conversations about science that will promote open scientific research and innovation. Open science is the movement to make scientific research accessible to all levels of society. SFSA wants to contribute to the conversations around the conflict between the desire of scientists to have access to shared resources versus the desire of individual entities to profit from their resources.

It is through conversations about science that the richness of science and its potential benefits can impact society best, especially on the African continent.

More info on the Science Forum South Africa website.