The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, is to be honoured for her role in science diplomacy in Boston, United States on Friday, 17 February 2017.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with over 120 000 members, is the world's largest scientific society and will bestow upon Minister Pandor, the prestigious 2016 Award for Science Diplomacy.

Minister Pandor is being honored not only for integrating science in policymaking within South Africa, but also for her advocacy for young scientists and female scientists by supporting initiatives that encourage international collaboration for both groups locally, in Africa and internationally.

The award ceremony will take place during the 183rd AAAS Annual Meeting in Massachusetts, which will be held from 16 to 20 February. In addition to receiving the Award, Minister Pandor will address the AAAS Executive Board and speak during several sessions of the Meeting.

The Minister’s attendance of this meeting will contribute immensely to South Africa’s efforts to position itself as a preferred international partner for science and technology. 

The Minister’s participation at the AAA’s annual meeting will take place as follows:

DATE:   Friday, 17 February

TIME:  10:00.  Minister speaks on Ethics and Principles of Science Policymaking

           18:30.  Minister receives the 2016 Award for Science Diplomacy   


DATE:      Saturday, 18 February

TIME:       10:00. Minister speaks on Inclusive Science and Society Engagement

                and shares experiences from Science Forum South Africa.


VENUE:  Hynes Convention Centre, Boston, United States

Issued by the Department of Science and Technology

For enquiries, contact Lunga Ngqengelele at 082 566 0446