Scifest Africa, South Africa’s National Science Festival, was held in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape from 12-18 March 2014.

Celebrating the theme “Into the space!”, the 2014 festival programme offered 68 500 visitors over 500 events that explored spaces big and small, such as anatomy and the brain, astronomy, the atmosphere, architecture, biotechnology, the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency, geographical regions, nanotechnology, psychology, underground and underwater exploration, space sciences, the SKA, the universe, and any other space you can think of, including good old parking spaces!

Supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and a growing number of embassies and sponsors in kind, Scifest Africa continues to grow from strength to strength, and welcomed contributors from 12 countries, and 22 new contributing organisations.

Scifest Africa 2015 will be held in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape from 18-24 March 2015 and will celebrate the International Year of Light. Look out for updates on, Facebook and Twitter, or contact Scifest Africa on 046 603 1106 or for more information.

For your perusal, please download individual sections of the full-colour programme using the links below:

2014 Booking Kit





Rhodes University Programme

Water World

Site Visits

Afrobot Tournament Entry Form

Living Maths Sleepover Entry Form

Rhodes University High School Quizzes Entry Form



Lectures and Talkshops 2013

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1st April 2014
"At 13h00, we went to Olive Schreiner Hall for a presentation by Michelle Knights called the SKA: Africa’s Journey Beyond The Stars. This was my favourite of them all. Michelle told us about how...

Scifest Africa says a spectacular "Thank you!"

20th March 2014
The City of Grahamstown and visitors to Scifest Africa, South Africa’s National Science Festival, were bid thank you and farewell with breathtaking five-ship aerobatics by the Silver Falcons, th...

Upcoming Events

After the Golden Age of Cosmology

26th April
Members of the public are welcome to an Open Night at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Cape Town on 26 April 2014, starting at 20h00. Dr. Navin Sivanandam (AIMS) will present a tal...

Natural Science Olympiad

8th May
Learners write the Natural Science Olympiad at their schools.   For more information contact: Onica Phayane, email:


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