The Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will deliver the keynote address at the 20th National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards Gala Dinner on 28 June 2018.

 

The NSTF Awards, also known as South Africa's "Science Oscars", are the most significant science, engineering, technology and innovation awards in the country.

 

The theme for this year's NSTF-South32 Awards Gala Dinner, "Sustainable energy for all", is aligned with the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, as declared by the United Nations.

 

All NSTF Awards finalists have made ground-breaking progress – among others through the introduction of new products or processes – in business and industry, environmental sustainability, education, medicine and science in general.

 

The Awards place a strong emphasis on women, with female winners and finalists across the categories.  This is of particular importance, as science, engineering and technology have traditionally been seen as male domains.

 

The Awards also focus on the youth through the Brilliants Programme, which honours students who achieved top results in matric science and maths.  Their stories are highlighted as part of the ceremony.  There are also awards for young emerging researchers.  The winners of these awards become part of a youth outreach programme that helps to communicate science and provide role models for young people.  This youth focus is particularly relevant during national Youth Month.

 

The NSTF-South32 Awards honour and celebrate outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation by encouraging and rewarding excellence in the following fields:

  • Scientific research.
  • Innovation.
  • Environmental sustainability/Green economy.
  • Technology transfer.
  • Education and training.
  • Research or engineering capacity building.
  • Management.
  • Communication and outreach.

Over 500 guests, including high-ranking officials and executives across all sectors of NSTF membership, as well as members of the Diplomatic Corps and award finalists, will attend the event.

 

Media are invited as follows:

Date:       Thursday, 28 June 2018

Time:       19:00 – 22:30

Venue:   Emperors Palace, Centre Court (through the Convention Centre)

 

For media enquiries, contact Veronica Mohapeloa at 083 400 5750 or Taslima Viljoen at 082 990 1685.

 

Issued by the Department of Science and Technology.