1 to 6 August
Theme: Celebrating the role of basic sciences in the modern world
National Science Week (NSW) is an annual event aiming to exhibit and communicate awareness in science. It is an initiative of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), a countrywide celebration of science connecting various stakeholders and role players conducting science-based activities during the week, an annual celebration of the role and value of science and technology in people’s daily lives.
The NSW was established in 2000 and has developed over years towards national coverage. As the coordinator, NRF-SAASTA is responsible for the national coordination of the NSW through deployment of resources, reports and overall bringing together of the project.
The NSW 2022 will be launched on Saturday, 30 July 2022 and will run from 01 - 06 August 2022. Keeping up with the practice of recognizing the United Nations (UN) international observances, the NSW 2022 will incorporate activities to celebrate the UN’s International Year of Basic Sciences 2022.
The objectives of celebrating the NSW 2022 under the aforementioned theme are to:
(a) illustrate the role of science in tackling problems and challenges encountered in creating and sustaining a prosperous society;
(b) demystify the myths surrounding some of the innovations that are important to the advancement of society;
(c) display that South Africa is a home of some discoveries and innovations that influence the world; and
(d) raise science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career awareness.