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13/04/2012

German-South African Science Year to be given a ceremonial launch

Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan, the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, and Naledi Pandor, South Africa's Minister of Science and Technology, are going to jointly open the German-South African Science Year 2012/2013 in Cape Town on monday, April 16th. 

This joint initiative by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) pays tribute to the important relationship between the two countries in the fields of science and research, which the Science Year is designed to enhance still further.

In line with the slogan "Enhancing science partnerships for innovation and sustainable development" the seven thematic areas of astronomy, bioeconomics, humanities and social sciences, human capital development, health innovation, climate change and urbanisation/megacities are the Science Year's focal points.

The objective of the Science Year is to pool the potential of the two scientific locations and strengthen existing research partnerships. German and South African research institutions, universities, colleges and companies are being urged to get involved in projects and events within the framework of the German-South African Science Year 2012/2013.