Innovation Bridge and Science Forum South Africa to be held together




CSIR Convention Centre, Pretoria

2 to 6 December 2019

For the first time in 2019, the Department of Science and Innovation will host the Science Forum South Africa together with the Innovation Bridge Technology Matchmaking and Showcasing Event.


Taking place under the theme "Igniting conversations about science for innovation with impact", this joint collaboration will create a unique platform for debate on the role of science, technology and innovation in society.  At the same time, local technologies generated from publicly financed research and development will be showcased with the aim of securing partners to convert these technologies into products and services that impact on the lives of ordinary people.


The five-day programme will kick off with side-events on 2 and 3 December 2019, followed on 4 December by a high-level plenary marking the opening of the 5th Science Forum South Africa.  The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande, will host the plenary session under the topic "The South Africa, Africa and world we want to leave our children:  A technologically wise next generation".  The plenary will be followed by three rounds of parallel sessions, with a Science Forum Sunset Discussion rounding off the day.


On 5 December, the Innovation Bridge will host business-to-business meetings and speed networking sessions focused on specific technology sectors and geared at concluding deals for technology advancement.


And on 6 December, the collaboration of Science Forum South Africa and Innovation Bridge will be evident as the conversations of the preceding days come together in the closing plenary, where a high-level panel will discuss the role of innovation in society from the perspective of driving local technological advancements while ensuring increased foreign direct investment.


We look forward to having you as part of this inaugural collaboration.


Igniting conversations about science for innovation with impact