Background

National Science Week (NSW) is an annual event aiming to exhibit and communicate awareness in science. It is an initiative of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), a countrywide celebration of science involving various stakeholders and role players conducting science-based activities during the week.

The NSW 2021 will be conducted through information and communications technologies (ICT). Investigation conducted has revealed interesting association of South Africans with various ICTs, which if adequately exploited would exponentially expand the reach of the science engagement campaign. It has become a tradition that the NSW takes place during the first week of August. Sustaining this practice, the NSW 2021 will take place from 1 – 7 August 2021.

Theme

The NSW 2021 will be conducted under the theme “Making it possible through science”.

Objectives

The objectives of celebrating the NSW 2021 under the aforementioned theme are to:

(a) illustrate the role of science in tackling problems and challenges encountered in creating and sustaining a prosperous society;
(b) demystify the myths surrounding some of the innovations that are important to the advancement of society;
(c) display that South Africa is a home of some discoveries and innovations that influence the world; and
(d) raise science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career awareness.

Keeping up with the practice of recognising the United Nations (UN) international observances, the NSW 2021 will incorporate activities to celebrate the UN’s International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV) 2021. Attention will be given to local discoveries and innovations in plant production or sciences.

Implementation Plan

National Science Week Grants

Did you know that there are grants available to run National Science Week events?

Pre-National Science Week 30 July 2021 (Friday)

starting time type of activity description of activity online link
09:00 Webinar ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) AND 4IR IN AGRICULTURE : TACKLING FOOD INSECURITY

How technologies are changing the future of work - understanding 4IR and the use of Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture to tackle food insecurity. Qinisani Qwabe (Rural Development)

Host : Nelson Mandela University (NMU)
Artificial intelligence & 4ir in agriculture: tackling food insecurity

Upcoming Webinars

Topic : Artificial Intelligence (Ai) and 4ir In Agriculture: Tackling Food Insecurity

Host: Nelson Mandela University
30 July

Topic : From the discovery of the Higgs boson to modelling COVID-19: The role of AI. Professor Bruce Mellado


Host: Wits University
3 August

Topic : Essential facts about Covid-19

Host: Academy of Science of SA
2 August

Topic : Poetry in Science Communication



Host: SAASTA
4 August
  • Webinars Navigation
  • Exhibitions

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Documentaries

Univen & HSRC

Physics in my village: a Biogas documentary

University of Cape Town

Vaccines: Everyday fears and answers: The film uncovers, normalises and responds to
Khayelitsha-based residents’ concerns around COVID-19 vaccination.

North-West University Potchefstroom

Air Quality

University of Limpopo

Science, Technology and Innovation in a rural context: Highlights from the University of
Limpopo

North-West University Potchefstroom

Aerodynamics Manufacturing & Design & Weight management Electric Components of the
solar car. Telemetry, electronics & Race strategy. Technology behind the NWU Solar Car-
Naledi 2.0

Walter Sisulu University

Isinuka healing water

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

Profiling women in Science

Exhibitions

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02 AUGUST 2021 (Monday)

Learn more about stars

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02 AUGUST 2021 (Monday)

Star gazing at Mahikeng Observatory

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02 AUGUST 2021 (Monday)

Energy and matter

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02 AUGUST 2021 (Monday)

Impact of changes to trophic pyramids

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02 AUGUST 2021 (Monday)

AET AFRICA, South Africa - SEED Low Carbon Award 2019 Finalist

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02 AUGUST 2021 (Monday)

Dr Petro Erasmus - Math Whartels

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02 AUGUST 2021 (Monday)

Animations on Covid-19

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03 AUGUST 2021 (Tuesday)

KwaZulu Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP)

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For more information

Bafedile Kgwadi

Bafedile Kgwadi

bafedile@saasta.ac.za
(083) 569 3275

Brenda Edwards

Brenda Edwards

brenda@saasta.ac.za