Scientists and policy – the role of a civil society forum

14 February 2022

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) brings South African science stakeholders and government together regularly to discuss science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation policies and critical issues. The NSTF welcomes the new engagement with the European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit and AERAP Science.

The Africa-Europe Science Collaboration and Innovation Platform (AERAP) will host side events to the EU-AU Summit from Monday 14th to Friday 18th February 2022. It will take place on a digital platform, enabling remote but active participation from across the world. Attendance is free.

The NSTF’s panel discussion at the AERAP at the EU-AU Summit: The NSTF will host one panel session at the EU-AU Summit on Scientists and policy – the role of a civil society forum. This 2-hour session will take place on 14 February 2022 from 16:00-18:00.

Register now for the NSTF Panel Session.

You will be directed to the page to also register for the EU-AU Summit 2022.

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See the programme for the panel session.

About the topic for the NSTF panel session: This session will consider the role of scientists in policy advice, as well as the importance of constructive interaction and discussion between civil society and government on key priority areas. The NSTF, an independent civil society forum, brings South African experts in various positions and disciplines to share their insights. Among the key strategic objectives of the NSTF are:

“To influence and monitor public SET-related policy; and to promote dialogue,

among SET stakeholders, between the public and private sectors, and

between Government and other stakeholders”

The NSTF Discussion Forums are one type of platform that provides constructive interaction and discussion with government and stakeholders on key priority areas of concern to the SET community.

The questions are:

  • Are there enough significant opportunities for scientists and professionals to make policy input and reviews?
  • Are there enough such opportunities to participate in international bodies?
  • Are they taken seriously and does their advice make a positive impact?
  • How do scientists and various professionals make their voices heard when they are not asked for their advice?
  • Is it useful to have a civil society forum like the NSTF?

The speakers at this NSTF session on 14 February will speak from various points of view, including on these topics:

  1. Preparing for pandemics in South Africa (SA)
  2. The future of plant health in SA
  3. The energy transition in SA

EU-AU Summit info:

 Outputs: As is usual for NSTF Discussion Forums, a media release will be issued which summarises the most important issues and conclusions. This and other outputs will be made available on the event page on the NSTF website and video recordings on the NSTF YouTube channel

We encourage all NSTF members to attend the EU-AU Sumit. This is an important SET-related event on the  EU-AU calendar.

Please note that if you do not RSVP, the NSTF cannot be held responsible for any unforeseen changes or cancellations of programmes. Communications are sent only via e-mail or through notifications on the NSTF website. 

About the NSTF: The NSTF is a non-profit stakeholder forum representing the science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation community in South Africa. The membership consists of 120 organisations, and ranges from research institutions, universities and state entities to business, professional societies (proSET) and civil society. The NSTF engages with policy issues across various government departments and promotes collaboration and critical thinking among a broad range of stakeholders. NSTF Discussion Forums gather stakeholders together, across the public and private sectors, to exchange knowledge and ideas, and put forward recommendations for government and relevant authorities.

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