Feast of innovation for young scientiists

Scifest favourite, Dr Stephen Ashworth, will be presenting his mind-blowing experimental displays

YOUNG scientists can put their thinking caps on and be blown away by the displays and lectures set to take place at South Africa’s National Science Festival, Scifest Africa, in Grahamstown in March.

The festival was established by the Grahamstown Foundation in 1996 to promote public awareness, understanding and appreciation of science, technology and innovation.

The theme for 2018 is ‘Innovation 4.0’, with reference to the fourth industrial revolution.

Participating organisations are encouraged to think of artificial intelligence, 3D printing, nanotechnology, digital, quantum computing and the unlimited possibilities of emerging technology breakthroughs.

Last year the event attracted more than 62 000 visitors and offered a festival programme that consisted of 58 exhibitions and 726 events, presented by 291 contributors from 75 organisations in South Africa and the international STI sector.

Dr Tiisetso Lephoto from Wits University is one of the youngest PhD graduates in the field of cell and molecular biology and will present lectures at the SciFest

Scifest Africa identifies and designs unique interactive events and educational resources to advance science, facilitate learning in an informal way and provide learners with an opportunity to discover science outside the classroom.

The festival lecture programme offers a remarkable list of lecturers and young researchers from South Africa and abroad, who will be sharing their wealth of knowledge with learners.

Among them are Mintek geologist and 2017 FameLab International winner Tshiamo Legoale, Dr Tiisetso Lephoto of Wits University, who is one of the youngest PhD graduates in the field of cell and molecular biology, and Dr Jeanita Pritchard of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Prof Mike Bruton, author of the newly released book ‘What a great idea! Awesome South African inventions’ will be giving a talk, as well as Professor Petri Vaisanen of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO).

A plethora of exhibitions and workshops include a virtual tour of NASA’s Robotics Lab with Jim Adams, SAASTA’s insightful ‘Wonders of Nanotech’ and more exciting workshops with a Scifest favourite, Dr Stephen Ashworth.

The electronic programme is available at www.scifest.org.za.

For more information, contact Hayley Axford on 046 6031159 or [email protected]

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