French presence at the Science Forum South Africa 2016
From December 8 to December 9 2016, the French Embassy in South Africa and the joint office IRD-CNRS-CIRAD showcased science, technology and innovation cooperation between France and South Africa at the Science Forum South Africa.
The Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) 2016 took place on 8 and 9 December at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. Organised by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the theme for 2016 was “Ignite Conversations about Science”.
The forum served as a large, open, public platform to debate the science and society interface. The 2016 forum focused specifically on the social sciences and humanities, as well as the role of science in Africa’s development. The key objective of the forum was to create a platform for a vibrant debate on the role of science, technology and innovation in society, to promote international science, technology and innovation (STI) partnerships, and to provide a platform for key stakeholders, including senior government leaders, academics, scientists, industry, civil society and students, to interact.
The forum offered the French Embassy in South Africa and the joint office IRD-CNRS-CIRAD an opportunity to share information about current cooperation activities. In addition, future partnerships were discussed.
On December 9 2016, a high-level panel discussion on trilateral cooperation between France, South Africa, and African countries (Algeria, Madagascar, Senegal) took place. This panel discussion followed a workshop organised on 7 December 2016 by the South African Department of Science and Technology, the French Embassy in South Africa and the Joint Office IRD-CNRS-CIRAD. Presentations by experts from the different countries involved highlighted the impact of current partnerships and opportunities for future cooperation.