WHO ARE WE?

Scifest Africa, South Africa’s National Science Festival, was established in 1996 to promote the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation.

The project consists of two components, namely the National Science Festival held in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape in March every year, as well as regional and national outreach programmes implemented throughout the rest of the year.

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 a great opportunity to discover science outside the classroom.

Scifest Africa also allows South Africa and the world’s leading scientists the opportunity to share their work, make science accessible within the reach of ordinary people, network with one another, provide career guidance and act as role models for our youth, in order to encourage the youth to embark on careers and become leaders in these fields. 

Scifest Africa is a project of the Grahamstown Foundation, a not-for-profit public benefit organisation established in 1969 and based in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. The mission of the Grahamstown Foundation is “that all might have life and have it more abundantly”, and it realises this mission through quality awareness and education and training projects such as Scifest Africa.

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Latest News

First tetrapods of Africa lived within the Devonian Antarctic Circle

22nd June 2018
The first African fossils of Devonian tetrapods (four-legged vertebrates) show these pioneers of land living within the Antarctic Circle 360 million years ago. The evolution of tetrapods from fishes ...

Scifest Africa 2018

9th May 2018
Scifest Africa celebrated its 22nd anniversary Scifest Africa, South Africa’s National Science Festival, was established in 1996 to promote the public awareness, understanding and appreciation ...

Upcoming Events

The SCIFEST-BASF Tour is coming your way!

20th - 25th August
Through the continued support of BASF Holdings South Africa, Scifest Africa is set to embark on a journey that aims to interact with as many learners, teachers and members of the public as possible. ...

South Africa's National Science Festival

6th - 13th March
The 2019 festival will take place in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape from 6-12 March. The theme will celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements as proclaimed by the United ...

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