Scifest Africa, South Africa’s National Science Festival, was established in 1996 to promote the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation.
The project consists of two components, namely the National Science Festival held in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape in March every year, as well as regional and national outreach programmes implemented throughout the rest of the year.
Scifest Africa identifies and designs unique interactive events and educational resources with scientific integrity to advance science, facilitate learning in an informal and non-threatening way, and provide learners with a great opportunity to discover science outside the classroom.
Scifest Africa also allows South Africa and the world’s leading scientists the opportunity to share their work, make science accessible within the reach of ordinary people, network with one another, provide career guidance and act as role models for our youth, in order to encourage the youth to embark on careers and become leaders in these fields.
Scifest Africa 2014 was held in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape from 12-18 March 2014.
Celebrating the theme “Into the space!”, the 2014 festival programme offered 68 500 visitors over 500 events that explored spaces big and small, such as anatomy and the brain, astronomy, the atmosphere, architecture, biotechnology, the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency, geographical regions, nanotechnology, psychology, underground and underwater exploration, space sciences, the SKA, the universe, and any other space you can think of, including good old parking spaces!
Supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and a growing number of embassies and sponsors in kind, Scifest Africa continues to grow from strength to strength, and welcomed contributors from 12 countries, and 22 new contributing organisations.
Scifest Africa 2015 will be held in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape from 18-24 March 2015 and will celebrate the International Year of Light. Look out for updates on www.scifest.org.za, Facebook and Twitter, or contact Scifest Africa on 046 603 1106 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.