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Scifest Africa 2019

The 23rd edition of South Africa’s National Science Festival will be celebrated from 6-12 March 2019 in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

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. We, therefore, encourage you to unearth the characteristic elements of your field of science. 

The 2018 festival attracted more than 62,000 visitors and offered a festival programme that consisted of 64 exhibitions and 701 events, presented by 291 contributors from 77 organisations in South Africa and the international STI sector. The national science festival received media coverage to the value of ZAR 3.7 million from 1 January – 31 March 2018.

Scifest Africa identifies and designs unique interactive events and educational resources with scientific integrity to advance science, facilitate learning in an informal and non-threatening way, and provide learners with an opportunity to discover science outside the classroom.

With continued support from the Department of Science and Technology, the festival makes science accessible to the public, encouraging parents and schools from across the country to bring learners to the event. Scifest Africa provides a platform for leading scientists, both locally and globally, to engage with the youth and inspire them to embark on careers in science and become leaders in these fields.

Register now to be a part of the 2019 festival.