April 2014
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FameLabSA 2014
Science Lens winners
Young, innovative and gifted
Intern receives Fellowship in Paris
Transformation in marine science
Looking for the brainiacs of yesteryear
Skies alive with space activities
Training the trainers
On your marks ... Get SET Go!
Schools debates advisory committee
Science community volunteers
The science of giving back
New science communication resource
Bringing nanotech to the disabled
Meet media guru Daryl Ilbury
Water World @ Scifest Africa 2014
Exploring marine science
Sharks, vegetables and alien fish
SAIAB cares
In the news
Upcoming events
It's a fact!


FameLabSA 2014 - Pop idols for scientists

South Africa is producing world-class research in a myriad of different disciplines. Now young scientists are finding ways to share their passion for science on a global platform. More

Winners of Science Lens competition announced

Science Lens brings scientists and photography enthusiasts, as artists, together to create a fascinating tool for communicating science. More

Young, innovative and gifted

Three of the country's bright young learners attended the Australian National Youth Science Forum and gained insight into new technologies and sciences. More

Opinion poll

Given that South Africa's science and maths education performance was ranked second last in the world last year according to a World Economic Forum Report, do you think that South Africa is doing enough to build vital capacity in science, engineering and technology?

SAEON intern receives prestigious international Fellowship in Paris

Emma Gray is one of 15 women from around the world awarded a $20,000 UNESCO-L'Oréal Fellowship, which supports talented young women scientists to take up research positions in other countries. More



The coelacanth, women and transformation in marine science

Two female scientists forged the growth of marine research in South Africa. Today, researchers involved in the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme include more than 27 female collaborators and students. More



Looking for the brainiacs of yesteryear

SAASTA is producing a book to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Science Olympiad. Please contact us if you were one of the past top achievers in this competition from 1964 onwards. More



Bloemfontein skies alive with space activities

Water rockets blasted off into the sky, telescopes were devised, the stars were studied, and learners, educators and members of the public met South Africa's next space traveller, Mandla Maseko. More


Meet the new schools debates advisory committee

The committee will structure the topics of each of the debates for the provincial and national tournaments. This year's scientific focus will be on Crystallography. More

On your marks ... Get SET Go!

A new career guide for high school learners and early tertiary students offers practical steps to help steer young minds towards careers in science, engineering, technology and innovation. More

Training the trainers of our future biotechnologists

The PUB programme is equipping educators to convey the intricate concepts of biotechnology and nanotechnology to their learners. More

Volunteers bring a breath of fresh air to the science community

Each year a group of fresh young faces joins the SA science community, eager to learn and participate in the activities of the 43 organisations where they work as volunteers. More


Touchscreen computers and Braille plates bring nanotechnology to disabled learners

Three touchscreen computers featuring nanotechnology information were unveiled at the National Museum in Bloemfontein, courtesy of the Nanotechnology Public Engagement Programme. More

Exploring marine science

Amy Weeber reports on her many and varied experiences as a DST/NRF intern at the SAEON Egagasini Node. More

Water World @ Scifest Africa 2014

Why do sharks have so many teeth? How big is the ocean? Visitors young and old came to Water World to find answers to some intriguing questions about water. More

Meet media guru Daryl Ilbury

A media man never rests, says Daryl, and admits that he is continually reading, tweeting or writing. More

New science communication resource

Find out more about a new weekly radio show devoted to improving the public understanding of science. More



The science of giving back

Giving back to our communities is an important part of SAASTA's goal to help make the world a better place. One example is our "Science of Giving Back" crusades in Olievenhoutbosch. More



Sharks, vegetables and alien fish make for fun learning

Dr Karen Anderson's research focuses on lionfish. Since this alien species was discovered in the coral reefs of Mexico, they have been wreaking havoc on the fragile ecosystem. More



SAIAB cares

The SAIAB Wellness Committee took the Lebone Day Care Centre under its wing. What started as a small activity has grown into a full-fledged outreach exercise and science awareness project. More

In the news

Find out what caused the death of the fierce samurai warriors and read all about a new aircraft that was inspired by jellyfish. More

Upcoming events

Don't miss out on these exciting science advancement programmes on the SAASTA calendar. More

It's a fact!

A bus stop in Montreal, Quebec, provides heated respite from the cold winter weather - but only if the passengers inside hold hands. More