Scifest Africa 2020 – the 24th National Science Festival

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Scifest Africa 2020 – the 24th National Science Festival

2019-09-02T09:36:47+02:00Aug 27th, 2019|

Scifest Africa 2020 will take place from 15-21 April. The theme “Take root…nurture!” celebrates the International Year of Plant Health as proclaimed by the United Nations. The theme recognises that plants constitute the foundation for all life on Earth, ecosystem function, food security and boosts economic development. The theme feeds into the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and recognises that plants are relevant in various disciplines. In 2020 we encourage our contributors to recognize the importance of plant health and how this is a pipeline for technologies, innovation, economy and products in their field of research and expertise. [...]

Make Science Communication A Mission

2019-02-19T11:59:36+02:00Feb 19th, 2019|

Missions are pretty straightforward things. You have your objectives that you want to complete. You have your plan of action. You know what the potential threats are. You know what you have to do to get the job done. And you know the risks. And once you accept the mission you commence to action. Follow the plan. Or maybe you improvise. Whatever you do you keep your eye on the goal. We follow many spoken and unspoken missions throughout our lives. No matter what they help guide and shape our actions and help us make decisions and achieve goals. Scientists in [...]

‘World’s Oldest Known Periodic Table Found’

2019-01-30T08:57:07+02:00Jan 30th, 2019|

The chart of elements dating back to 1885. Image: University of St. Andrews "A classroom chart bearing an early version of the periodic table of elements has been discovered in a University of St. Andrews chemistry lab. Dating back to the 1880s, the chart is thought to be the world’s oldest. The storage room of the chemistry department at the Scottish university hadn’t been properly cleaned since the facility opened in 1968, prompting a months-long effort to tidy up back in 2014, according to a news release issued today by the University of St. Andrews. Among [...]

Scifest Africa 2019

2018-08-28T09:50:06+02:00Aug 28th, 2018|

Scifest Africa celebrating 23rd anniversary South Africa’s National Science Festival, Scifest Africa, will be celebrating its 23rd anniversary event from 6-12 March 2019 in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. The theme for 2019 is “Discover your element”, with reference to the 2019 International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements as proclaimed by the United Nations. In 2018, Scifest Africa attracted more than 62,000 visitors and offered a festival programme that consisted of 65 exhibitions and 701 events, presented by 284 contributors from 77 organisations in South Africa and the international STI sector. The national science festival received media coverage to [...]

2018 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists: Regional Final

2018-08-28T09:58:17+02:00Aug 1st, 2018|

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 investigation. The project aims to inspire and develop young scientists who are able to identify a problem, analyse information, find solutions and communicate findings effectively. The 2018 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists Grahamstown Regional Final which is coordinated by Scifest Africa will be held in Grahamstown on Saturday, 4 August at the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, Rhodes University, Artillery Road. Fantastic prizes are up for grabs at the Regional [...]

The SCIFEST-BASF Tour is coming your way!

2018-08-01T11:11:35+02:00Aug 1st, 2018|

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. The SCIFEST-BASF road tour, scheduled to take place on 20-25 August,  is one of many tours that will see the promotion of public awareness, understanding and appreciation of STEMI through innovative events with entertainment value and scientific integrity journey through the Eastern Cape. Schools can look forward to a tour, which promises hands-on educational workshops, fun and interactive science shows and deep and meaningful community engagement [...]

First tetrapods of Africa lived within the Devonian Antarctic Circle

2018-08-01T10:55:53+02:00Jun 22nd, 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 during the Devonian period was a key event in our distant ancestry.  Recently discovered fossils from the latest Devonian Waterloo Farm locality near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, published today in Science, force a major reassessment of this event. "Whereas all previously found Devonian tetrapods came from localities which were in tropical regions during the Devonian, these specimens lived within the Antarctic circle", explains lead author, Dr Robert Gess of the [...]

Scifest Africa celebrates 22nd anniversary

2018-08-28T13:05:05+02:00Feb 19th, 2018|

Scifest Africa 2018 7th March 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 [...]

National Science Week 2017

2018-08-28T09:34:19+02:00Aug 2nd, 2017|

National Science Week 2017 Scifest Africa will be "Advancing Science Tourism" this August for National Science Week (NSW). The Scifest team will be bringing science demonstrations to your nearest mall, while Scifest-on-the-road will be ensuring young minds are stimulated as the team "Tour de Science" in the Eastern Cape. NSW, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is a countrywide celebration of science involving various stakeholders and/or role players conducting science-based activities from 5-12 August.