Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) 4th Pan-African Science Forum 2018 for African-based journalists (Fully Funded to Pretoria, South Africa)

Application Deadline: Sunday 30 September 2018, 18:00 pm CET.

Created by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) of the government of South Africa, the annual Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) meeting is the largest pan-African general science gathering dedicated to scientific research and innovation. The two-and-a-half-day programme will bring more than 3500 participants together for discussion and debate in plenary sessions, panel discussions and interactive talks.

SFSA2018 will, like the previous editions, serve as an open, public platform to debate the science and society interface. Leading scientists, researchers, young researchers, journalists, business people, entrepreneurs and innovators, policy makers, science and technology communicators and the general public discuss new discoveries and debate the direction that research is taking in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.

Speakers and panelists are distinguished and carefully chosen thought-leaders from around the world, drawn from science, academia, government, policy and industry. The focus is predominantly about pan-African developments and how they interlink with global trends. In this regard, an increasing number of continental groups such as the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) or the African Union Panel on Emerging Technologies (APET) etc. attend SFSA in force. Yet, the meeting also attracts a significant number of non-African speakers and partner organisations from Brussels to Beijing and from Toronto to Tokyo.

Requirements:

  • African-based journalists irrespective of their gender, age, nationality, place of residence and media (paper, radio, TV, web) are welcome to apply.
  • Media accreditation will be required, as will proof of intention or commission to cover the conference programme.

Benefits:

In addition to ample interviewing opportunities and a reserved media working area, successful candidates will be provided with:

  • free conference registration;
  • free accommodation from 12 – 14 December inclusive;
  • free onsite catering;
  • free access to all programme and side-event activities;
  • airport shuttles to and from Pretoria;
  • hotel shuttles to and from the conference; &
  • a lump sum of maximum $750 towards proven travel costs.

Please note that the pre-agreed economy flight costs up to a maximum of $750 will only be reimbursed to grantees onsite at SFSA2018. This means that all applicants must be able to finance their own travel first with reimbursement later. Please think this through carefully.

Application procedure

To submit an application, complete the form below.

On submitting the application form for travel grants, you agree to the full acceptance of the rules and to the decision taken by the Selection Committee.

 The deadline for submitting an application is Sunday 30 September 2018, 18:00 pm CET.

The selection of candidates will be based on:

  • The applicant’s CV;
  • Motivation statement & interest in the conference programme; &
  • Impact of the proposed media outlet.

The Selection Committee reserves the right to remove incomplete applications or candidates failing to adequately prove that they are employed communicators.

Candidates contacting or directly lobbying members of the Selection Committee will be disqualified.

A list of 15 successful candidates will be posted on the SFSA conference site on Monday 15th October.

Those selected will be given a liaison person at the Department of Science & Technology and must immediately research flight options and take care of any visa requirements.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) 4th Pan-African Science Forum 2018

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