SADAC youth living the legacy: National Science Olympiad Awards 2018

The National Science Olympiad is one of the flagship programmes of the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA). Now in its 54th year, the initiative offers learners in grades 10 to 12 from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, which include South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Namibia, an opportunity to compete in science.

South Africa is launching a new satellite to monitor our seas

The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has put out a call for South Africans to name its latest satellite. ZACube-2, as it is currently called, is expected to be launched later this year, but first it needs a new name.

Learners awarded for their dedication

By Itumeleng Sebola

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), a business unit of the National Research Foundation, awarded top learners in Natural Science Olympiads, AstroQuiz and School Science Debates.

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.


SA Science Lens Photographic Exhibition

24 October – 16 November 2018

The SA Science Lens® exhibition is a collection of photographs that capture the science behind the beauty in our universe and the beauty we discover through scientific investigation.

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….”

30th IPHE Steering Committee Meetings and Related Events

04 – 07 December 2018

The International Partnerships of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), established in 2003, is an international inter-governmental partnership currently consisting of 18-member countries and the European Commission. Its objective is to facilitate and accelerate the transition to clean and efficient energy and mobility systems using hydrogen and fuel cell technologies across applications and sectors.

FameLab Science Forum Heat

11 – 13 December 2018

FameLab is one of the foremost science communication competitions in the world, now running in over 30 countries and originally initiated by the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK. In South Africa, FameLab is made possible by a partnership between the British Council, the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement and Jive Media Africa.

Science Forum South Africa

Igniting Conversations About Science.

12 – 14 December 2018

SFSA2018 positions itself between an academic / research conference (where research papers are presented) and a science engagement meeting (where science is made popular, often with a focus on the youth). SFSA2018 is, therefore, a celebration of science, technology, and innovation where we ignite conversations about science on the middle ground between academics, policy, and popular science engagement.

Science Beyond Borders Festival

11 – 14 February 2019

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

The Working World Exhibition 2019

26 – 28 February 2019

The Working World Exhibition is the most comprehensive and cutting edge Careers Exhibition – designed to empower and position learners for the world of work. WWE attracts 10 000+ learners, 400 LO teachers and principals and over 80 exhibitors from educational institutions, government and corporates over three days and will be celebrating 20 years of empowering the youth in the Metropole in 2019.

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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