An initiative to establish an African Open Science Platform to promote the value and exploit the potential of Open Data for science was announced by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, at the Science Forum South Africa 2016 (SFSA).
The second Science Forum South Africa opened this morning at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria to a packed audience. More than 1 600 people are attending the platform which has become a premier forum for scientific debate.
The Department of Science and Technology's Ten-Year Innovation Plan for South Africa (2008-2018) identified science and technology in response to global change, especially climate change, as one of five "Grand Challenges" for the national system of innovation (NSI) to tackle over the next decade.
If you want to model weather systems, perform advanced computational mechanics, simulate the impact of climate change, study the interaction of lithium and manganese in batteries at the atomic level, or conduct the next experiment of your latest in vitro biomedical technique virtually — and you want to do it in Africa — then there is only one place to go; the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC).
Church Square in Pretoria will be abuzz withexcitement from 08 – 09 December, as scientists demonstrate to the public, the value of science and technology in society.
"How can indigenous knowledge and science co-exist better in South Africa?"
Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, challenged the 2016 Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Interface Conference, currently under way at the University of Venda in Limpopo, to discuss the question.
The second edition of Science Forum South Africa kicks off next week with an interesting array of national and international speakers, engaging exhibitions and science in the streets.