October 2015
Contents / home
Global science engagement project
National Science Week activities
Science breaks barriers
Hydrogen fuel cell technology
Science that no classroom can teach
SAASTA empowers community
New CEO takes over reins at NRF
Hydrogen awareness website
Work shadowing at SAIAB
Field school for students
Meet Dr Zikhona Tetana
Improving technology education
Weather stations in schools
Street science
Space science appreciation
International Year of Light
Monitoring river health
Sasol Techno X prizes
In the news
Upcoming events
It's a fact!


Global partners seal ground-breaking science engagement project

SAASTA is the first African institution to be accepted as a partner in the European Union's multi-million euro initiative to create dialogue between science and society. More

National Science Week rolls out feast of activities

SA citizens were intrigued by the exhibitions, quizzes, competitions and lectures on a variety of science topics that were presented at venues throughout the country. More

Science breaks barriers

What does Gyotaku have in common with the concept of time? Both formed part of a captivating science awareness programme aimed at learners, educators and the general public. More

Opinion poll

Do you think scientists should wage debates via the media?

Rural region gains hydrogen fuel cell technology education

Schools in the rural Cofimvaba region have each received a set of practical demonstration kits of hydrogen fuel cell technology for ongoing education. More

Science that no classroom can teach

The four top-performing learners in the National Science Olympiad jetted off to the UK to attend the prestigious London International Youth Science Forum. More

SAASTA empowers community media

A series of successful workshops covering various facets of science communication were presented to community print and broadcast media in Limpopo. More


New CEO takes over reins at NRF

A good strategic leader and a seasoned executive with extensive policy and administration experience, Dr Molapo Qhobela is well placed to lead the NRF as it rolls out its new strategy, Vision 2020. More

Hydrogen awareness platform launches website

The HySA website targets researchers, scientists, industry, science centres, educators and learners contributing to the realisation of the Hydrogen Economy in SA. More

Work shadowing at SAIAB

After spending an action-packed week at SAIAB to gain experience in aquatic biodiversity, Grade 11 learner Jamie Ayliffe has her sights firmly set on a career in ichthyology. More

Introducing students to environmental monitoring

A field school for Geography students raised awareness of the importance of long-term ecological research in answering crucial questions about global change. More


Meet nano-researcher and prolific science writer – Dr Zikhona Tetana

Dr Tetana draws on "the science of the very small" to seek solutions to some of our planet's biggest problems, particularly those facing health and the environment. More

Partnership to improve technology education takes off

The overall vision of the project is to drive technological innovation at school level that will result in new inventions – for the benefit of society at large. More



Three schools in Kimberley will always know from where the wind blows!

By donating weather stations to the schools, SAEON is challenging learners to investigate changes in climate in relation to changes observed in the arid lands. More



Street science

Postdocs from SAEON's Fynbos Node set up a street science stand at the Langa Open Streets Festival in Cape Town and invited passers-by to ask questions, with interesting results. More



Northern Cape learners encouraged to appreciate space science

More than 1 000 high school learners were taken on a voyage of discovery to celebrate World Space Week. More

SAAO celebrates the International Year of Light

SAAO outreach teams ran a series of workshops and learners bore witness to enthralling experiments, such as those on fibre optics used in communication. More

Young water ambassadors use miniSASS to monitor river health

The sites sampled by the would-be scientists demonstrate the trade-off between biodiversity and productivity. More

SAAO and HartRAO scoop first prize at Sasol Techno X

This year's Sasol Techno X, the largest career expo in the country, attracted visitors from seven provinces and more than 20 000 learners from as far as Lesotho. More

In the news

Find out what may have spurred the recent influx of migrants into Europe, and read more about hi-tech solutions to thwart poachers. More

Diarise these dates

From the SA Science Lens competition to a genetic engineering workshop ... don't miss out on any of the exciting events on the SAASTA science advancement calendar. More

It's a fact!

More than 30 specimens of Africa's earliest known coelacanth have been found in the Eastern Cape. Here are five interesting facts about the discovery. More