Scifest Africa turns 21!

In 2017, Scifest Africa invites you to come and celebrate our 21st anniversary in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape from 8-14 March.

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.

The theme for Scifest 2017 is "Tour de Science" with reference to the UN declared International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development. The theme encourages contributors to embark on a journey that explores the milestones, accomplishments, mysteries, discoveries, and the historic and exciting wonders of their field of science. 

Further focus might also include scientific facilities across the continent, the aspects of "edutourism" which is travel for the purpose of learning, or "scientific tourism" including focus on Space tourism and other hot topics.


2017 Official Programme

For more on what to expect at this year's festival view the programme available below:

2017 Lectures

2017 Workshops

2017 Etcetera

2017 Rhodes University

2017 WaterWorld


The festival promises fun for everyone, to book tickets please visit or call 0860 002 004.

Scifest Africa 2017 Pre-Booking Form

Scifest Africa 2017 Registration Desk Form


2016 Official Programme

If you want to know what we got up to in 2016 for our seven day festival, view the Scifest Africa 2016 programme available in sections below:

2016 Lectures

2016 Workshops

2016 Etcetera

2016 Rhodes University

2016 Water World

2016 Venue Map

2016 Layout of Exhibitions


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Upcoming Events

2017 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists: Regional Final

5th August
The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists is South Africa’s leading, and only existing, national science fair that affords learners the opportunity to enter a project to exhibit their own scientific i...

Astro Quiz 2017: Round 2

28th July
In an attempt to contribute to the improvement of awareness, interest, understanding and insight into basic astronomy and build appreciation of and pride in South Africa’s history of astronomica...


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