SASSCAL hosted a vibrant and very interactive exhibition stand at the South Africa Science Forum. The SASF was held at the CSIR in Pretoria from 12 to 14 November 2018. The forum attracted more than 3.000 delegates and more than 70 exhibitors. The SASF served as a large, open, public platform for debating the “science and society interface”. The forum is an initiative of the South African Department of Science and Technology and attracts scientists, students, public and private sector representatives as well as civil society.

Dr Phil Mjwara, Director General of the South African Department of Science and Technology (far right) during his visit to the SASSCAL exhibit, pictured with SASSCAL Executive Director Dr Jane Olwoch (second from right) and SASSCAL South Africa Director Mr Peter Shisani (far left)

The SASSCAL exhibition stand created further space for future-shaping conversations. SASSCAL also hosted a special session where Mr Gabin Ananou from the Project Management Agency (PT-DLR) made a presentation. Mr Ananou, in his presentation, highlighted the activities of SASSCAL and WASCAL in light of Climate Change Challenges in Africa. He further discussed the ‘state of the Art and New perspectives’ of climate change initiatives and strategies. The session was facilitated by the SASSCAL Executive Director Dr Jane Olwoch and the South Africa Node Director Mr Peter Shisani. The special session was concluded with a quiz session where some delegates won the SASSCAL Book. The exhibition stand was featured in the SABC broadcast of the event through an interview with Dr Olwoch and a BMBF representative, Dr Karsten Hess.

Impressions from the Forum

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