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Make Science Communication A Mission

Feb 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 [...]

‘World’s Oldest Known Periodic Table Found’

Jan 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 [...]

Scifest Africa 2019

Aug 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 [...]

2018 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists: Regional Final

Aug 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 [...]

The SCIFEST-BASF Tour is coming your way!

Aug 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 [...]

First tetrapods of Africa lived within the Devonian Antarctic Circle

Jun 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 [...]

Scifest Africa celebrates 22nd anniversary

Feb 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 [...]

National Science Week 2017

Aug 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 [...]