Scifest Africa 2016 offered more than 56,000 visitors from Southern Africa a festival programme consisting of 65 exhibitions and 706 events, presented by 328 contributors from 76 organisations in South Africa and six other countries, and received media coverage to the value of ZAR 5,6 million from 1 January - 31 March 2016. 

Here are a few links to the cool videos from Scifest 2016

Scifest Africa 2016 - The Grand Official Opening Gala

Beneath the skin productions- Speed Hunter

Dr Rob Gess, Albany Museum - The unusual coelacanth fossil find

Clarice Greyling - Detection of learning difficulties

Case Rijsdijk Astronomical Society of SA - Telescopes as time machines

Professor Eric Wilcots, USA - Welcome to the neighbourhood

 iRhini Science Festival

Yolanda Nkala, Centre of Science and Technology, Cape Town – Innovation

Shagita Gounden, SKA SA - The Square Kilometre Array radio telescope

 Kate Robey, Council for Geoscience - The role of groundwater in South Africa

Janet Kalis, RU - Exploring the genealogy of the clans on the Wild Coast

Professor William Edmonson NIA, USA - The big picture

Jim Adams NASA - Solving the technological challenges of the Journey to Mars

Dr Stephen Ashworth – Kitchen Chemistry: Seconds

Lucy Hunt - How the length of acquaintanceship predicts attractiveness

Dr Graham Walker, Australia – Dr Graham’s Blow-up Science

Professor Mike Bruton - Who was South Africa’s greatest inventor?

Habib Noorbhai - The evolution of the backlift batting technique in cricket

The Best of Die Physikanten

Laser Show

Revealing secrets of the universe: NASA’s missions to the dwarf planets Ceres and Pluto

Jim Adams, NASA, USA Technology: How investing in space is changing your life on Earth

Adriana Marais, UKZN Centre for Quantum Technology Quantum what what

Kelly Jardim, St Andrew’s School, Welkom Improving speed and accuracy in reading

If I told you science has limits, would you believe me?

Breaking down barriers in the STEM field

Dr Ellen Stofan, NASA, USA Looking outward, inward and homeward: NASA science and you

Dr Catherine Coleman, NASA Astronaut Office, USA Space exploration: What’s next for NASA

Meet a Mars rover driver

Sunset Show

FameLab South Africa

Dr Claudia Alexander, NASA - The Rosetta Mission: To land on a moving comet

Dr Wanda L. Diaz Merced, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA - Music from the stars

Panel Discussion: NASA: Setting science alight

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