Science Forum South Africa 2018 – Science diplomacy in practice: bridging the European and African continents

05/12/2018 - Admin Sudafrica

Dove: International Convention Center - Council for Scientific and Industrial Research; Pretoria - South Africa

Quando: 13/12/2018

The Science Forum South Africa is an annual event with high level representation from the scientific communities in South Africa and globally. The 2015 event was attended by nearly 2000 delegates with an ever increasing number of visitors in the following editions of the Forum.

This year, the Embassies of Italy, Switzerland and Germany are organizing a scientific session on Science diplomacy “Science diplomacy in practice – Bridging the European and African continents” in which the South African Minister of Science and Technology is also invited as a panelist. The session will be broadcasted live on 13th December 2018 by the national TV SABC during the Morning Live show (6:00 am-9:00 am) and will reach approximately 1 million viewers. The link to the programme is:


In the last few decades, science and technology have had an ever increasing role in foreign policy, defining and consolidating international relations, cooperation agendas and entrepreneurial partnerships between countries. One of the latest ongoing examples of multilateral scientific cooperation, expression of science diplomacy at its best, is the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a ground-braking radio-astronomical project centred in Africa that is paving the road to the development of African science and technological infrastructures. Several nations have established tools to boost bilateral and multilateral scientific cooperation to develop projects, common high-tech research and ease joint technology transfer and innovation. Germany, Italy and Switzerland are no exception.

The session will focus on practical examples of science diplomacy with South Africa and the African continent: health innovation, where Germany is investing 50 million Euros in five years to establish networks in Sub-Saharan Africa, bio-tech and genetic engineering, in which Italy is steadily investing to support the activities of the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) and Innovation, where Switzerland collaborates with South Africa in supporting South African and Swiss entrepreneurs through joint initiatives with a vision of enhancing the knowledge economy.

Italy, Germany and Switzerland are among the “big” players of European research. In the previous editions of the Forum, the Embassies organized sessions with a focus on International networks for Public Health Advancement (2015), Climate Change (2016) and Food security in urban areas (2017). This year’s session will focus on their vision on Science diplomacy and Innovation diplomacy, taking as practical examples some major cooperation sectors with South Africa and the African continent: Health, Biotechnologies and Innovation.

Fonte: Italian Embassy in Pretoria

Paese: Sudafrica

SSD: 00 - Diplomazia scientifica