SJ Van Der Merwe Technical High School crowned National Schools Debates champions

SJ Van Der Merwe Technical High School from Limpopo Province beat eight schools to be awarded the title of the 2017 South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement National Schools Debates champions on Friday evening at a glittering award function, at the Southern Sun Hotel in Pretoria.

National Schools Debates and AstroQuiz finals: 5 and 6 October 2017

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) would like to invite the media to the AstroQuizTM finals today at the National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria and the SAASTA Schools Debates national finals tomorrow (6 October 2017) at the National Research Foundation Auditorium in Pretoria.

05 October 2017

Nanotechnology Facility Tour: 29 September 2017

Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC) in-collaboration with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) would like to invite the media to the Nanotechnology Facility Tour at Mintek, Randburg on 29 September 2017.

26 September 2017

Nanotechnology Facility Tour: 20 September 2017

The University of the Free State (UFS) in-collaboration with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) would like to invite the media to the Nanotechnology Facility Tour at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein) on 20 September 2017.

18 September 2017

National Schools Debates 2017 provincial competitions to focus on Square Kilometer Array Telescope

Ten schools in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Western Cape will pick up their proverbial telescopes and focus in on the Square Kilometer Array Telescope, a massive global science project, during the National Schools Debates provincial competitions on Saturday, 26 August 2017.

25 August 2017

Seeing science through photography

The South Africa Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) has launched the 2017 SA Science Lens photography competition and there are great prizes up for grabs. The competition is open for anyone with an enthusiasm for science, professional and amateur photographers, professional and amateur scientists, and science communicators to participate.

Click here to view SA Science Lens postcards.

21 August 2017

Top grade 12 science learners to jet off to London

The top National Science Olympiad performers in grade 12 will be jetting off to the United Kingdom on Tuesday 25 July to attend the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF).

24 July 2017

Top Science learners honoured at the National Science Olympiad awards

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) announced the top learners of the 53rd National Science Olympiad last week on Thursday (6 July 2017) at the glittering awards ceremony held at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, in Gauteng.

7 July 2017

Minister Pandor to deliver keynote address at the National Science Olympiad awards

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor, will deliver the keynote address at the 53rd National Science Olympiad awards evening taking place on 6 July 2017 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand in Gauteng.

30 June 2017

Opening 27 May 2017 – The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome

Experience a New Dimension and the Dawn of a Digital Era 

The long awaited launch of the revamped Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is imminent and Iziko will finally open the doors of this unique new facility to the public on 27 May 2017.The new Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome will offer perspective-3D edu-tainment and a unique experience unlike anything local audiences have ever encountered before.

26 May 2017

She’s no ordinary Gold Digger!

Geologist, Tshiamo Legoale Wins the FameLab South Africa competition: Taking African Science to the World.

Tshiamo Legoale from Mintek earned her spot as the national winner of the FameLab South Africa competition, as she captivated the audience yesterday (19 April 2017) at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, with her riveting 3 minutes talk on phytomining, or in simpler terms, how we can harvest gold from wheat crops grown on mine dumps.

20 April 2017


South African biotechnology perceptions survey shows improved awareness

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor, will launch the results of the Public Perceptions of Biotechnology survey in South Africa tomorrow (1st of November 2016) at the Government Communication and Information Systems, Press Room Tshedimosetso in Pretoria..

31 October 2016


Randfontein High School to take a bite of the Big Apple

Randfontein High School from Gauteng scooped the 2016 South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) National Schools Debates Competition coveted top prize last night (06 October 2016).

7 October 2016


SAASTA to honour top science learners

The 52nd National Science Olympiad awards ceremony will take place on 30 June 2016 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, in Gauteng. The awards ceremony will honour South Africa’s top young science learners in 2016 in various categories.

28 June 2016


SAASTA caught up with Nozipho for a Q&A just before the semis

A 26-year-old Nozipho Gumbi sat with SAASTA’s Zama Matiwana this week just before the semis, and she spoke about her feelings, expectations and preparations as the Fame Lab International semi-finals draws closer and closer.

7 June 2016


Nozipho ready to dazzle the world

A 26-year-old Nozipho Gumbi from Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is ready to dazzle the audience and the judges with her engaging talk on water filtration using carbon nanotubes. She will be competing against her peers from 27 countries on a world stage at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in the United Kingdom on 8 June 2016.

6 June 2016


Gumbi wins FameLab South Africa 2016 award

Nozipho Gumbi from Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) scooped the International FameLab South Africa award at the recent finals in front of a capacity audience at the glittering Cape Town International Convention Centre, at the Going Global conference on Wednesday night (4 May 2016).

12 May 2016


Who is going to be the next South African ‘Pop Idol of Science’?

On 4 May 2016, at the Going Global Conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the heat will be on, when the 10 finalists compete for the coveted title, ‘South Africa’s Pop Idol of Science’.

3 May 2016


Top ten FameLab SA finalists to compete for the chance to share their research on an international stage

Ten finalists will compete at the national finals for the coveted title, ‘South Africa’s Pop Idol of Science’, at the Going Global Conference in Cape Town on 4 May 2016.

16 March 2016


Top South African Young Science Communicators to Compete in the FameLab SA Semi-Finals
Nineteen top young science communicators in South Africa in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics will compete in the FameLab SA semi-finals at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre on Saturday, 12 March 2016.

8 March 2016


Science Communication Training Programme for Female Scientists and Researchers

Science Communication Training Programme for Female Scientists and Researchers.
Workshop Date: 16th- 18th of March 2016
Venue: The Capital Empire, Sandton, Johannesburg

25 February 2016


SAASTA and MDDA join forces to promote science

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) this week signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) through which they will promote science journalism.

19 February 2016


Communication is Key for Responsible Research and Innovation

Major Horizon 2020 project “NUCLEUS” investigates governance and cultures in scientific institutions to foster the science-society dialogue / 24 project partners from Europe, Asia and Africa.

19 February 2016 


FameLab: Auditioning for the next ‘Pop Idols of Science’

The British Council, in partnership with Jive Media Africa and the South Africa Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), invite young professionals and enthusiastic researchers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to sign up for FameLab 2016.

26 January 2016


DAAD/SAASTA symposium to inspire the next generation of science communicators

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), in collaboration with the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) (or German Academic Exchange Service), will host the first DAAD/SAASTA Science Communication Symposium tomorrow and Saturday, 2-3 October 2015.

1 October 2015


Top learners to attend London International Youth Science Forum

The top four National Science Olympiad performers in grade 12 will be jetting off to the United Kingdom to attend the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) from the 22nd of July to 5th of August 2015.

16 July 2015 


National Science Olympiad honours Hamandishe Mathivha

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement announced the top learners of the 51st National Science Olympiad at the glittering awards ceremony at Emperors Palace on 02 July 2015. Outstanding winners were recognised from a range of categories such as Physical Science and Life Science.

6 July 2015