Scifest Africa 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.

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.

2018 Programme

View the 2018 programme available in the sections below:

Festival Messages

2018 Festival Programme

2018 Lectures

2018 Workshops

2018 Etcetera

2018 Rhodes Programme

2018 Waterworld

2018 Exhibitions

Pre-Booking Form

Registration Form


Please keep checking our site for the latest updates on programme events


•  Once you have seen what is on offer, click on the Scifest Africa Logo at where you will find the simple four-step process to register, book and pay for your tickets, outlined in detail under TICKET INFORMATION at the bottom of the home page.

•  TicketHut allows you to select from the drop down menus provided or BROWSE SCIFEST 2018 by date, or SEARCH & BOOK where you can select a  date on which you want to attend the festival along with multiple genres simultaneously to broaden your festival experience.

•  The system will allow you to select an event, add it to your basket, register, check out and pay.

•  To add tickets to your booking, simply login using your username and password and book your tickets by following Steps 1 and 2.

•  You will receive an email confirming your online booking



TELEPHONIC: Contact the TicketHut call centre on 0860 002 004. The call centre will assign you a reference number, which must be quoted in all correspondence, and reserve the tickets for you. Payment can be made by EFT or credit card

FAX / EMAIL: Complete the Pre-Booking Form and Visitor Registration Form online at or download and complete the forms on our website (see above). Email or fax completed forms at or 086 233 2122

Make a record of all the tickets you require using the daily programmes that appear at the start of each section

Please note that telephonic bookings close at 17h00 on 2 March 2018. Tickets can still be purchased online, or at the Booking Office in the Monument until the end of the Festival


2018 Contributors

Terms and Conditions

Exhibition Floor Plan


Resources for Schools and Visitors

Venue Map

Scikids bus route

Homepage Gallery

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