20th SAASTEC Conference
26 – 29th November 2018

Vuwani Science Resource Centre
University of Venda
Thohoyandou ~ Limpopo

It is with great pleasure that Vuwani Science Resource Centre invites you to attend the 20th SAASTEC Conference.
In celebration of 2018 being Nelson Mandela’s Centenary Year, the theme for the conference is:
“Making Madiba Proud….”

This theme allows us to make a critical assessment of the achievements of our science
centres in the past, to identify our strengths and weaknesses as well as our opportunities
and threats in the present, and to develop our institutions in such a way that they make an
even bigger impact in the future, as part of the Mandela legacy.

Call for Papers, Poster Presentations and Exhibitions

Delegates are invited to submit proposals for oral and/or poster presentations. Your
presentation(s) should focus on the theme above. Posters are again encouraged this year.
There will be dedicated poster sessions included in the programme with prizes for the most
innovative posters. Deadline for the submission of proposals is 30 August 2018.
Commercial displays are also welcome. Please see the SAASTEC web site for more details.

Venue, Date and Registration Fees
Venue: Vuwani Science Resource Centre, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, Limpopo
Date: Monday 26 – Thursday 29 November 2018
Registration: Monday afternoon ~ 26 November 2018
Cost: SAASTEC Members R1800.00 / NON-SAASTEC Members R2500.00

Accompanying persons are welcome to attend the social functions at an additional
cost. Please indicate your interest on the registration form. Final cost will be provided
at a later stage.

Conference Objectives
Papers & posters are invited in line with the following objectives:
Ÿ To share experiences on the themes of the conference and catalyse future
exchange of knowledge among colleagues in the SADC countries and the
world networks.

Ÿ To focus on the impact of science and technology centres in the regions
they serve.

Ÿ To stimulate the development of science and technology centres and to
present models that could enhance education and change in Southern

Ÿ To interact with the relevant regional and national government
officials, partners from the private sector, academics and students
from HEI’s (Higher Education Institutions, e.g. universities),
principals, teachers, interested stakeholders and members of the

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