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A resounding success

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The 7th edition of the Science Forum South Africa 2021 was a resounding success. In his wrap-up report, Thapelo Kepadisa, assistant director at the DSI said although the three-day event was hybrid, it was well-attended. Kepadisa added that more than 3 983 individual participan­ts joined via digital platforms from more than 48 countries and that attendees were spoilt for choice as there were over 59 sessions to choose from with more than 200 speakers tackling wide-ranging topics. Kepadisa said scientists from humanities and social sciences and natural sciences, who made presentati­ons at the forum, were helping to harness science to address societal challenges such as key themes that were covered, includ ing:

• Covid-19, poverty, climate change and many others

• Advance open science agenda – research should be conducted and there shouldn’t be a monopoly of the findings, they should be shared

• Science diplomacy – this means partnershi­ps are important as no one will go very far working alone, but as a collective there is more to achieve

Kepadisa said the forum’s mission was accomplish­ed in four ways as it:

• Focused on enhancing the impact of science on society

• Fostered cooperatio­n advance science

• Showcased excellence in African science, and

• Ignited conversati­ons about science

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