National Science Week, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is a countrywide celebration of science involving various stakeholders and/or role players conducting science-based activities. National Science Week is run in all nine provinces simultaneously at multiple sites per province.
The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF), will continue to play the role of National Project Manager for the National Science Week 2012 (NSW 2012).
The focus week will run from Monday 30 July to Saturday 4 August 2012. In addition to contributing to science, engineering and technology among various sections of the population, the National Science Week is intended to expose the public, educators and learners to science-based careers, particularly disadvantaged sections of the population.
National Launch of Science Week takes place on 28 July 2012 in Gauteng.
The National Science week will focus on “The Role of Science in Economic Development” from 30 July to 4 August 2012 and, in Port Elizabeth, will be led by Bayworld’s Dr. Dicken Matthew – contact number 041 584 0650.
Four events are planned for National Science Week in Port Elizabeth:
- 31 July – Science Cafe. You are invited to a discussion on; “Climate change – is it really happening?” at the Bayworld Conference Centre from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Light snacks will be served and RSVP to Karen Binning on 084 581 1828
- 1 August – SAMREC Open Day. Learn more about saving, washing oiled and tube feeding penguins. A hand on interactive morning at SAMREC, situated in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve has limited space available for 30 persons. Book with Eddie on 041 583 1830.
- 2 August – Swartkops System and Algoa Bay. Find out what scientific research is taking place in Algoa Bay. Scientists will share what research they are currently involved with, including alien fish invasion in the Swartkops River, pollution status of the Swartkops, long term monitoring and some insights into the whales and dolphins in Algoa Bay. Presentations at Bayworld Conference Centre from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Bookings essential with Karen Binning on 084 581 1828.
- 4 August – Ramble in the Reserve. A fun, leisurely and educational ramble through the Cape Rceife Nature Reserve led by WESSA which will allow you to learn more about the area and environment. The three hour stroll starts at 8:30 a.m from SAMREC in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve. Bring beach shoes, hats, sunscreen, windbreaker and water bottle.
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