Media Alert

To all Media

01 December 2017

 SA-SWISS Nanomedicine (TB & HIV/AIDS)

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) in-collaboration with Switzerland Embassy and Nabio Consulting would like to invite the media to the HIV/AIDS and TB symposium on Tuesday and Wednesday (5 and 6 December 2017).

The aim of the symposium is to provide a platform for researchers and industry to showcase ground breaking academic and industrial research to policy makers and promote collaboration in the areas of HIV/AIDS, TB and nanomedicine in South Africa and Switzerland.

The topics to be discussed include the following:

Nanotechnology development in South Africa and Switzerland

South Africa and Switzerland cutting-edge joint research projects in TB and HIV/AIDS with a focus on nanomedicine

Nanotechnology safety, risk and ethics

The need for public awareness on nanotechnology

Opportunities provided by SA government toward innovation and commercialisation support

Venue: International Convention Centre, CSIR, Pretoria

 Dates: 5 – 6 December 2017

Time: 08h30 to 17h:00


For interviews contact:

Dr Steven Mufamadi

Tel: 071 316 8424



Dr Mthuthuzeli Zamxaka

Project Coordinator at SAASTA

Tel: 076 145 1065


About the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA)

SAASTA is a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF) with the mandate to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering and technology in South Africa.

SAASTA’s contribution to the NRF’s vision is to grow the pool of quality learners today who will become the scientists and innovators of tomorrow.

It aims to be the leading science advancement agency in the country by promoting and communicating the value and impact of science, technology and innovation in a dynamic knowledge economy. It also intends to contribute significantly towards building a science, engineering and technology (SET) human resource base. For more information on the operations and programs within the NRF please visit

About the NRF: The National Research Foundation (NRF) was established on 1 April 1999 as an independent statutory body in accordance with the National Research Foundation Act. The NRF is a key public entity responsible for supporting the development of human resources for research and innovation in all fields of science and technology. The organisation is one of the major players in educating and training a new generation of scientists able to deal with South African and African needs. The organisation encourages public awareness and appreciation of science, engineering and technology, and facilitates dialogue between science and society. Its vision is to contribute to a prosperous South Africa based on a knowledge economy. For more information on the operations and programs within the NRF please visit