South Africa needs more investment in biophysics and structural biology

South Africa has some excellent researchers in various branches of biophysics. However, despite lofty documents put out by the Department of Science and Technology like the Bioeconomy Strategy and the SARIR (South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap), South Africa remains woefully under-invested in biophysics and structural biology.

A more flexible curriculum approach can support student success

South Africa has very poor student throughput (that is, from enrolment to graduation) and low retention rates in undergraduate education. Only 30% of students complete a three-year bachelor’s degree in three years. And less than two-thirds complete within an additional two years.

Pump more money into research

Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi Ngubane says her department will ensure that science, technology and innovation become a catalyst for growth in all sectors of the economy.

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.


Mpumalanga Festival

21– 25 May 2018

Future Scientists on the move.

Science Unlimited

23 – 25 May 2018

ScienceUnlimited will once again be hosted at Kwalata Game Lodge in the Big 5 Dinokeng Game Reserve in Hammanskraal.

Join us as we make Chemistry and Physics fun as never before!!!!

National Science Week 2018 

28 July – 4 August 2018

The NSW 2018 national launch event will be hosted by University of Mpumalanga in Nelspruit on Saturday, 28 July. The focus week will start on Monday,30 July – 4 August 2018.Each year a different theme is chosen and activities are offered around the theme to the target audiences.

The theme for 2018 is “Deepening our democracy through science 


13– 17 August 2018



15 September 2018

Telescope and Astronomy.

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