Broschüre zur Abschlussveranstaltung des Wissenschaftsjahres
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Abschlussfilm zum Wissenschaftsjahr
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Brochure for the conclusion of the Year of Science
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Germany and South Africa look to more advanced partnerships in science and technology
South Africa and Germany have further intensified their cooperation in science and technology, providing opportunities for more sustainable and strengthened relations. This comes as the two countries culminate the celebration of the year-long German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013 themed “Enhancing Science Partnerships for Innovation and Sustainable Development” on 16 April 2013 in Berlin. A joint initiative between the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Year of Science celebrated the two countries’ intense relations in science and research, and sought more innovative ways to strengthen the relations further.
Interview with the special ambassador of the Year of Science, Motsi Mabuse
Motshegetsi "Motsi" Mabuse was born in 1981 in Mankwe, which is today part of South Africa. At the early age of 17, she was the runner-up in the South African championship for Latin American dance and gave up her law studies to pursue an international career in dance. One year later, the successful dancer moved with her dance partner and husband-to-be to Germany. Together, they won the German championship in 2009 and 2010. A few days ago she won the German championship 2013 with her current dance partner Evgenij Voznyuk in the category Latin American dance. In Germany, Motsi Mabuse is mainly known for her appearances on TV shows such as "Let’s Dance" and "Das Supertalent" and as an expert on South Africa for the ARD television channel during the 2010 football world cup.
As a special ambassador for the German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013, Motsi Mabuse also supports the scientific cooperation of the two countries. You can read about where she thinks the partner countries can learn from one another and which challenges the two countries will have to overcome in the future in our interview here.
Brochure for the conclusion of the Year of Science
Institutions from both countries have now been working together in a variety of scientific fields for more than 17 years. A brochure produced for the conclusion of the Year of Science documents this successful collaboration between universities, science and intermediary organisations, companies and participating scientists, whose dedication and knowledge have contributed to German-South African cooperation and a successful “German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013”. Based around the seven thematic topics of the Year of Science, the brochure illustrates selected examples of the successful, long-standing joint research as well as activities within the context of the Year of Science. Interviews and profiles complete the picture. The brochure provides a summary of the diverse links between the two countries and impressively demonstrates this diversity.
“Women in Science” conference to promote equal opportunities
The percentage of women who hold top positions in science is relatively low in Germany and South Africa, particularly in the so-called MINT specialist areas (mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology). In order to identify the reasons for this and to work out how the situation could be improved, scientists from both countries exchanged ideas at the conference “Women in Science – Promoting Excellence and Innovation for Future Development”, held at Kiel University of Applied Sciences from 21 to 23 March.
SANO: Workshop on the disposal of waste and wastewater
In order to meet the challenges faced, particularly by South Africa in relation to the handling of waste and wastewater, a Young Scientist Workshop for the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the North-West University took place in South Africa at the beginning of March. In the context of the SANO project, “Sustainable Resource Based Sanitation and Organic Waste Utilisation”, the young scientists held their discussions in Potchefstroom in South Africa. The objectives of the bilateral cooperation are to exchange knowledge and experiences on the subject, to strengthen networking between the participating universities and to promote international mobility among young scientists.
Series of reports about the German-South African Year of Science started
Health, human rights and the advancement of children - these and other topics are reflected in the different events and projects of the German-South African Science Year. The website of the German newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung" highlights the cooperation in detail in a separate series of articles.
Concluding film on the Year of Science
To conclude the German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013, a documentary film has been produced. Camera crews in Germany and South Africa were present at numerous activities to record the highlights. The campaign film features various different voices from the worlds of science, research and politics offering insights into the wide variety of projects from the joint year. The six-minute film was first shown to guests of the closing event for the Year of Science on 16 April 2013 at the Museum of Technology in Berlin. It is now available for download from the website.
Interview with the winners of the ACCTA "Year of Science Awards"
As part of a special session at the ACCTA 2013 conference "Advances in Cement and Concrete Technologies in Africa", the "Year of Science Award" was awarded for outstanding achievements by young scientists in the field of cement and concrete technology. The winners were Yared Assefa Abebe of the Leibniz Universität Hannover and Suvash Chandra Paul of Stellenbosch University, both of whom can now look forward to a scholarship for a research placement in their respective partner country.
Celebratory closing event for the Year of Science on 16 April 2013
After twelve months of productive collaboration during the German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013, the key players from both countries have a lot to celebrate. The official closing event of the Year, taking place on 16 April 2013 at the Museum of Technology in Berlin, provides a great opportunity for this. Guests will be welcomed by Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister for Education and Research, and her colleague Derek Hanekom, South African Minister of Science and Technology.