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Curtain-raiser: Science Forum South Africa 2021


Registration opens for next week’s hybrid virtual and in-person event

South Africa’s science department has published the programme of its annual end-of-year conference, which this time will feature a deep dive into using social science in the Covid-19 response.

The three-day Science Forum South Africa will start on 1 December. It will be a hybrid virtual and in-person event, with in-person networking sessions taking place at the Council of Science and Industrial Research International Convention Centre in Pretoria.

Wednesday starts with a set of parallel sessions followed by a welcome by science minister Blade Nzimande, keynote speeches on disease surveillance and mRNA vaccine development, and a science policy panel discussion.

Wednesday afternoon will see parallel sessions with topics ranging from smart transport solutions to ways of boosting tourism in South Africa after the pandemic.

Topics for parallel sessions running throughout Thursday 2 December include the fourth industrial revolution, climate change, open science, and making science careers less precarious..

Friday morning will feature a session on integrating the humanities and social sciences into the Covid-19 response. Buti Manamela, the deputy science minister, will close the conference at midday.

Registration for the event is open on the website link next to this article.

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