French presence at the Science Forum South Africa
The 4th edition of the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA2018) has been held in Pretoria on 12-14 December at the CSIR International Convention Centre. Hosted by the Department of Science and Technology, this event gathered thousands of participants, including scientists, policy-makers, industrials and students. SFSA2018 served as a large, open, public platform for debating the science and society interface.
This open-science Forum offered the French Embassy in South Africa and IRD-CNRS-Cirad joint Office an opportunity to showcase their cooperation activities and tools.
Many students visited the French eco-friendly and paperless stand to be informed about scholarship opportunities to study in France at Master’s and PhD’s levels.
Potential avenues for cooperation were discussed with our South African counterparts.
Dr Jean Albergel, former Director of the IRD-CNRS-Cirad joint Office for Southern Africa, participated to the science talk “A broader discussion about SDG6 “Clean Water and Sanitation in Africa””.
Dr Jean-Paul Toutain, Attaché for Science and Technology at the French Embassy, was invited to debate on the impact of internationalization on higher education in a panel discussion entitled “Empowering Internationalisation of South Africa’s Knowledge Enterprise”.
This session showcased various models available for student and staff exchanges on the African continent and with partners in the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom.