Strengthening Science Popularization: China-South Africa Collaboration

23 April 2024

Representatives from the Chinese Embassy in South Africa and NRF-SAASTA Management

In a significant step towards fostering international cooperation in science popularization, a meeting was held between representatives from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of South Africa and NRF-SAASTA. Led by Shen Long, Minister Counselor for Science and Technology, and Li Yan, First Secretary for Science and Technology, the Chinese delegation engaged in discussions with NRF-SAASTA, headed by Managing Director Dr. Mamoeletsi Mosia. The focal point of the meeting was the standardization of science popularization in South Africa, with particular emphasis on the science center network and accreditation process outlined in the “Framework for the promotion of excellence in a National Network of Science Centres.”

The meeting served as a platform for both parties to exchange ideas, share best practices, and explore avenues for collaboration in advancing science communication, awareness and education. Recognizing the importance of science popularization in promoting public understanding of science and fostering scientific literacy, the delegates delved into the intricacies of establishing a robust science center network in South Africa.

Throughout the meeting, both parties expressed a shared commitment to advancing science popularization and fostering international collaboration in this domain. The exchange of ideas and experiences served to strengthen mutual understanding and lay the groundwork for future partnerships. Recognizing the potential for joint initiatives, the delegates explored possibilities for joint projects, staff exchanges, and collaborative programs aimed at promoting science literacy and innovation.

As the meeting drew to a close, Shen Long, on behalf of the Chinese delegation, expressed optimism about the prospects of collaboration between China and South Africa in science popularization. He underscored the importance of leveraging each other’s strengths and resources to address common challenges and seize opportunities for mutual benefit. Dr. Mamoeletsi Mosia reciprocated the sentiment, highlighting the significance of international cooperation in advancing science communication, awareness and education for the betterment of society.