First African World Science Forum to focus on science for social justice

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, invites members of the media to the soft launch of the first World Science Forum (WSF) to be hosted in Africa.

The soft Launch is a precursor to the official launch of the World Science Forum  aimed at providing members of the media and key partners with a taste of what the first World Science Forum to be hosted in Africa will offer.

South Africa will host the World Science Forum from the 5th to 9th December 2022 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

South Africa will be the fourth country in the world and the first in Africa to host the WSF outside Hungary.

WSF is an international conference series on global science policy organised biannually in Budapest, Hungary or any country wishing to be the host nation in alternate years.


It brings together leading scientists, researchers, private sector, civil society and global media to discuss the challenges facing science in the 21st century. Since its inception in 2009, it has been organised in Hungary, Brazil, and Jordan only.


Over 1 000 people are expected to attend the event. This first African gathering will be held under the theme "Science for Social Justice".  


There will be an exhibition with 100 stands showcasing South Africa's scientific excellence.


The DSI will have the soft launch of this global science gathering tomorrow at the Iziko Museum in Cape Town.  


Minister Nzimande will officially launch this event tomorrow which will then be followed by a panel discussion which will including the Director-General of Science and Innovation, Dr Phil Mjwara, and Prof. Moenieba Isaacs, academic coordinator at the University of the Western Cape's Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies.  


The WSF will replace the DSI's annual Science Forum South Africa this year. 


The media are invited as follows:


Date:       10 November 2022

Time:       08:45-12:00

Venue:   Iziko Museum, Cape Town


To attend the launch, RSVP Veronica Mohapeloa at 083 400 5750 or Thabang Setlhare at 072 659 9690.


Issued by:

Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation
Meiring Naude Road
Enquiries: Ishmael Mnisi 0660378859


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