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27 October 2017

Igniting conversations about science: HSRC to host Mini Science Forum South Africa 2017

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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HSRC to host Mini Science Forum South Africa 2017

Pretoria, Friday 27 October 2017 – The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will, with Cape Town Science Centre, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development and the SKA Africa Square Kilometre Array, host the Department of Science and Technology’s annual Mini Science Forum South Africa 2017 on 1 November 2017.

The Mini Science Forum which will be held in Cape Town under the theme, igniting conversations about science, aims to bring together local institutions and government agencies to create an interest in science.

The event will include an outreach programme involving grade 9 learners from Masibambisane Secondary School in Delft, Cape Town. Masibambisane Secondary is one of the schools benefitting from a Chevron South Africa sponsored schools programme developed by the Cape Town Science Centre that is aimed at boosting levels of maths and science.

A short panel discussion where scientists will present their work demonstrating its impact on society will be part of the programme. The sub-theme for this panel session will be, Science Transforming Society.

Panel presentations will include:

  • Dr Thierry Luescher – Igniting interest in STEM for young children – what we have learnt so far and what kinds of interventions seem to work…
  • Dr Wanda Diaz Merced –  Accessibility in science, specifically astronomy.
  • Dr Anton Binneman – Large Science Infrastructure Projects such as SKA and its impacts on local communities.

The Mini Science Forum is a community engagement ahead of the Science Forum South Africa which takes place at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria from 7th to 8th of December 2017.

Details of the event

Date:                           Wednesday 1 November 2017
Time:                           09h00 – 13h00
Venue:                        Cape Town Science Centre

For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Adziliwi Nematandani, 082 765 9191 or; Karabo Makola, 072 457 8516 or

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Notes to the Editor

About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:
Manusha Pillai
Mobile:  082 389 3587

Adziliwi Nematandani
Mobile: 082 765 9191