The NSTF-South32 Awards were held at a gala dinner in Gauteng. It is the 21st celebration of excellence through the flagship project of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF).
Outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation were awarded and celebrated in the following broad areas under 13 categories:
- Scientific research
- Management and related activities
- Capacity development in engineering research
- Environmental sustainability, biodiversity conservation and the green economy
- Water research and innovation
- Data management
- Science Communication
The NSTF is the most representative multi-stakeholder non-profit forum in South Africa, promoting SET and innovation. The NSTF-South32 Awards showcases the research and development capacity of South Africa. The excellent output of the winners supports the country’s advancement, economic growth and the social upliftment of citizens.
The special annual theme award was made for an outstanding contribution to ‘Materials for inclusive economic development’, in recognition of the ‘International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements’ declared by the United Nations.
The national NSTF-South32 Awards is the largest SET and innovation awards in South Africa. They are known as the ‘Science Oscars’ and were the first science awards in the country. The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande, is the event’s patron. The focus is on spreading information about SET to the public, which includes the year-long engagement programme with students and learners called the ‘Share ‘n Dare Programme’. The NSTF Brilliants Programme recognises the outstanding Grade 12 performers in physical science and mathematics, exposing them to the SET network and future career opportunities.
Click here for all the 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Award winners.