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Today marks one month to the launch of the 2017 National Science Week (NSW), and the countdown to the countrywide celebration of science has begun.


Take a tour through science with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) as it hosts the annual National Science Week 2017 from 5 August. The theme this year is "Advancing science tourism", in recognition of the United Nation's International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor. will kick off NSW 2017 in Port Elizabeth at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU), which will host the official launch event at its Missionvale campus.  The university has organised an array of exciting events in the run up to the national launch.

You will be able to take a virtual tour of CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, and find more about the Large Hadron Collider, or get a hitchhikers guide to the universe.  You can find out more about climate change and how it will affect South Africa, or join in a discussion about science and diversity issues.

These are only some of the many activities the university has planned under topics such as discoveries at the frontiers of science, ocean science, Earth stewardship, diversity and inclusion in science, indigenous knowledge systems, the history of science and the human body.

A fun-run will kick-start the annual science, technology and innovation extravaganza on 29 July. See Pre- launch Programme.

An initiative of the DST, the NSW aims to popularise science among young and old.

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) has been appointed by the DST to coordinate the countrywide celebration of science involving numerous players in science, technology, engineering, mathematics innovation.  About 100 regional and national exhibitors are expected to showcase their products and initiatives and engage with participants.

From the urban centres of Port Elizabeth, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg to the remote Vhembe District in Limpopo, NSW will see all nine provinces hosting activities at multiple sites.  The public will be able to choose from a range of events covering areas from astronomy to zoology, and palaeantology to social sciences.

The launch at NMU is expected to attract 3 500 learners, 600 students and academics, and a further 1 000 participants, including teachers, the general public and policy makers.