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Change the world

12/06/2024

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) hosted the World Science Forum (WSF) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC). Co-hosted by the Science Diplomacy Capital for Africa initiative, the forum took place from 6-8 December, focusing on how science, technology, and innovation (STI) can address challenges such as climate change, food security, healthcare, and energy. 

The theme, "Igniting Conversations about Science – People, Partnerships, and Priorities for the Decadal Plan," aimed to unite the scientific community, government, industry, and civil society to discuss the role of science in society.

Nelson Mandela Unversity’s Innovation Office participated by exhibiting and sharing information about ongoing innovations and research at the university. In addition to the exhibitions, the Innovation Office staff attended, several plenary sessions featuring leading South African and international scientists, experts, and thought leaders.

The forum also included various side events, such as the BRICS STI Policy and Foresight Symposium, the Launch of the Review of Research, Development, and Innovation of Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technologies in South Africa Study, the Southern African Science Journalism Programme, the African Union Decade of African Roots and Diaspora: Southern Africa Regional Preparatory Conference for the 9th Pan-African Congress, and discussions on the role of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in education, training, and funding for Africa.

The Innovation Office considers its participation in the forum a success, having established valuable connections with potential investors and industry partnersand acknowledges NIPMO for their ongoing support and recognition of our efforts to advance and commercialise intellectual property.