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The 2019 festival will take place in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape from 6-12 March.

The theme “Discover your element” celebrates the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements as proclaimed by the United Nations. The theme also celebrates several anniversaries in the history of chemistry including the 150th anniversary of the periodic table’s creation by Dmitry Mendeleev in 1869, 350 years since the discovery of phosphorus, the categorisation of 33 elements in 1789 by Lavoisier’s, and Döbereiner’s law of the triads in 1829.

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.