National Science Week (NSW), an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is an annual countrywide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation (STEMI). It involves various stakeholders and/or role players who participate by conducting STEMI activities during the declared week. It is one of many initiatives conducted under the Science Engagement Strategy, which seeks to develop a society that is knowledgeable about science, able to form independent opinions about science and are scientifically literate.
For more detail, see About NSW.
National Science Week is usually held during the first week of August each year.
The dates for this year are 29 July – 03 August under the theme “Facing the harsh realities of climate change”
Applying for a grant is a great way to be a part of National Science Week although there are many other ways to participate, such as going to an event – visit SAASTA’s website for more details.
There is clear and useful information online about how to organise your own event, but the first step is to work out what you would like to do, and what you might need to make that happen.
If you are planning your own Science Week event, get in contact with Bafedile Kgwadi at SAASTA on 012 392 9300.
The Five Year Strategy that has been updated to 2020 puts emphasis on the various publics.
In order to maximise citizens’ participation in the NSW, sections of the population and entities in the society that will be targeted for participation have been identified as follows:
- Learners and educators (in the schooling system),
- Higher education institutions (students, academics, community engagement),
- Science centres, natural history museums and interpretation centres,
- Science councils (including National Research Facilities),
- Media (including journalists),
- General public,
- Politicians or decision-makers,
- Government departments involved in scientific and technological activities (STAs), and