Center of Excellence in Palaeosciences

The Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences based at the University of the Witwatersrand  announced the discovery of two new Devonian tetrapod species and the first Devonian tetrapods discovered in Africa. The species have been named Tutusius umlambo (named in honour of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu) and Umzantsia amazana and were discovered by Dr Rob Gess of the Albany Museum and supported by the Millenium Trust.

Youth Science Journalism Programme creates science and technology awareness in communities

For many learners across the country, mathematics and science continue to be difficult subjects to pass, and as a result they tend not to pursue them at post-matric level. Not so for Phelo Lakitika, who grew up in rural Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape.

Student finds a way to control the spin transport in networks of the smallest conductor known

By chemically attaching nano-particles of the rare earth element, gadolinium, to carbon nanotubes, the researchers have found that the electrical conductivity in the nanotubes can be increased by incorporating the spin properties of the gadolinium which arises from its magnetic nature.

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) aims to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering and technology in South Africa.

DIARISE THESE DATES

Eding! International Science Festival

27– 31 August 2018

A platform showcasing Africa’s excellence on the scientific world.

ScopeX

15 September 2018

Telescope and Astronomy.

20th SAASTEC Conference

26 – 29 November 2018

The 20th SAASTEC Conference will be held at the Vuwani Science Resource Centre, University of Venda, Thohoyandou.

In celebration of 2018 being Nelson Mandela’s Centenary Year, the theme for  the conference is: “Making Madiba Proud….”

Science Beyond Borders Festival

11 – 14 February 2019

Breaking borders between the community and science by rebuilding the culture of learning beyond limit.

Scifest Africa

6 – 12 March 2019

Scifest Africa is the largest science festival in Africa, and the 2018 National Science Festival offered an interactive festival programme consisting of 64 exhibitions and 701 events. The 2019 theme will celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements as proclaimed by the United Nations.

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