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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 [...]

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 [...]