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Published: 22 November 2021

When it comes to igniting conversations around science, the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is proud of its ongoing collaboration with the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA), an initiative of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)

Published: 18 November 2021

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) calls for nominations for the 24th NSTF-South32 Awards. These prestigious awards focus on science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation in South Africa (SA). South32 is the co-branding sponsor for the past six years. As such the name of the awards is the NSTF-South32 Awards.

Published: 13 October 2021

The  South African Academy of Engineering  invites you to a webinar on As Africa burns... can we engineer a safer future at 15:00 on 26 October 2021.

Published: 13 October 2021

The new IAP Statement ‘Climate Change and Biodiversity: Interlinkages and policy options’ highlights that climate and biodiversity policies are currently insufficiently connected and addressing  climate change and biodiversity decline together is central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Published: 01 October 2021

The South African Academy of Engineering is calling on the South African Government to engage urgently with Lesotho to end the wasteful release of water from Katse and Mohale dams.

Published: 23 September 2021

The Awards are in recognition of the best scientific minds and contributions within health research – whose work reflect innovative methods and novel approaches to public health concerns, to potentially impact on policy and subsequently to the betterment of the lives of South Africans.

Published: 30 August 2021

Topic 8: Jobs or the environment? How can climate change responses address the interests of labour? Read more

Published: 11 August 2021

The contribution of the humanities and social sciences to research and public debate around the effects of Covid-19 and appropriate responses. Read more

Published: 02 August 2021

In the run-up to COP26 the International Science Council (ISC) is working together with the incoming UK Presidency of COP26 to curate material related to the conference on the Transform21 portal (, which features blogs and reports by members of the global science community.

Published: 09 July 2021

Who produces CO2 and why? What are the options and technologies for reducing greenhousegas emissions? Read more

Published: 15 June 2021

Prof Jennifer Thomson has been confirmed for a second term as OWSD President. On hearing the news, Professor Thomson said, with her characteristic enthusiasm, "Wow! That's fantastic - I am absolutely thrilled. I look forward to working with the new executive board and, of course, with our fabulous staff in Trieste and to engaging with as many members as I can."

Published: 01 June 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has made people behave differently. For more than a year, wearing mouth-nose protection, adhering to special distance and hygiene rules, and limited freedom of movement have influenced daily life.

Published: 11 May 2021

CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB is excited to announce the DGHT Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Global HIV & TB. The goal of this fellowship is to attract and support recent recipients of doctoral degrees to understand the underpinnings of interventional epidemiology and to prepare them for a career operating at the intersection of science and practice in global public health.

Published: 09 April 2021

The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (a centre of the University of Johannesburg) is delighted to invite you to the first lecture in a 10-part Climate Change Series. This seminar is titled ‘What is Climate Change About? Issues and Implications for Sub-Saharan Africa’.

Published: 26 March 2021

The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), a centre of the University of Johannesburg is delighted to host a10-part series on climate changetitled‘Climate Change Leadership: Bringing Science, People and Policy Together’. The series is organized by a team of multi-disciplinary academics who have collaborated across the universities in Johannesburg.

The series will include leading speakers and panelists with a range of expertise and perspectives demonstrating the approaches that different disciplines and sectors take.The seminar series covers what climate change is, why it matters and what must be done to address it.

Please find attached more information on the series and concerning the 10 topics that will be covered and the dates on which the seminars will be held.

The series will commence online on15 Aprilat17h30 to 18h30(SA Time – GMT plus 2) with a talk by Prof Francois Engelbrecht (Distinguished Professor of Climatology at the Global Change Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand). Please RSVP toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.More details to follow soon.

Published: 08 March 2021

The Joint Centre for Bioethics and the Centre for Global Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto are pleased to co-host this virtual book launch of Global Health Ethical Challenges (2nd edition) by Solomon Benatar and Gillian Brock, eds. 

This talk will feature reflections on the book from Eric M. Meslin followed by three brief commentaries from authors Ross Upshur, Angela Mashford-Pringle, and Isabella Bakker who contributed chapters to it. The session will be introduced by Jennifer Gibson, and the Q&A will be facilitated by Erica Di Ruggiero.

Individuals wishing to purchase the book in Canada can place orders through local bookstore Caversham at Caversham is offering a 10% discount and free shipping to orders placed in Canada. International orders can be placed directly through the Cambridge website to receive 20% off (please note: they do charge for shipping) via To receive the discount be sure to enter code ‘GLH2021’ at checkout.

For more information and to RSVP please visit -

Published: 05 March 2021

The workshop will discuss the role of the Global Research Council (GRC) in science diplomacy to promote and strengthen basic research and international collaboration. Read more.

Published: 04 February 2021

The United Nations declared 11 February to be a day to celebrate women and girls in science. The day celebrates that science and gender equality play a pivotal role in achieving the 2030 agenda for sustainable development goals.

Published: 21 January 2021

The Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) Secretariat is glad to announce the launch of the Policy Support Facility (PSF), an innovative mechanism to boost research and innovation (R&I) in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.