They were at the opening ceremony of the Science Forum South Africa 2018, themed Igniting Conversation About Science, at the University of Pretoria’s Hillcrest Campus. Global science stakeholders and key influencers were preparing for the summit that kicks off at the CSIR today.
Hosted by the Department of Science and Technology, the fourth edition of the event serves as an open, public platform for debating the science and society interface.
Yesterday, various speakers, including outgoing vice-chancellor of the University of Pretoria Professor Cheryl de la Rey, assistant director-general at Unesco Dr Flavia Schlegel, and Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Dr Sorena Sattari, took to the podium to share their excitement.
“For the forum to be more inclusive, more women need to be part of the conversation. Gender equality needs to be heeded in Science and Technology just like in all the other sectors” said Schlegel. De la Rey encouraged young people, especially women, to occupy the science and technology space to create better solutions for the country and globally.