Neso South Africa Receives Award

Publication date: Dec 14, 2018 03:00 PM

The Netherlands Education Support Office (Neso) South Africa took part in the exhibition at the Science Forum South Africa 2018, hosted by The South African Department of Science and Technology, at the CSIR in Pretoria from the 12th - 14th of December 2018.

The key objectives of the Forum were:

  • 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 partnerships; and
  • To create a network platform for key science, technology and innovation actors, including senior government leaders, academics, scientists, industry, civil society, and students.

The Science Forum South Africa 2018 played host to 73 exhibitors to showcase the National System of Innovation and international partnerships - 38% of the exhibitors were international partners and 13% were youth focussed.

At the exhibition Neso South Africa presented opportunities for academic development and cooperation with the Netherlands. Examples are the NRF-Nuffic PhD programme, the Orange Tulip Scholarship programme and other study opportunities and innovative ways of triple helix cooperation like a South African-Netherlands Living Lab Smart Cities.

Best Exhibitor went to HySA Infrastructure for its work in renewable hydrogen. Runners-up were Neso South Africa and  SpringBots (an e-commerce company). Now in its fourth year, the event was praised for continuing to ignite conversation on the role of science, technology and innovation in society. The Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, congratulated all the winners and praised everyone for the turnout at the event. More than 2500 people attended and participated in the various activities laid out for them. Ngubane said the forum had earned its reputation as Africa’s premier science event and helped African countries to shape policies and strategies.

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