Youth urged to participate in science to advance humanity – SABC News

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande has urged young people to take interest in research and careers related to science to increase the needs of humanity.

Nzimande was speaking at the 10th World Science Forum (WSF), the first for Africa, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The event brings together scientists from around the world to discuss challenges and solutions related to science.

Nzimande’s speech preceded President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address.

Nzimande says: “Mr President, it is for this reason that I deeply appreciate the participation of young scientists in the World Science Forum. They told us that one thing they bring to this forum is energy. If our generation and the generations before it have brought the world to the brink of environmental and climate catastrophe, perhaps we should place much greater faith and responsibility in young people to become stewards of the earth.”

The WSF has a packed program that includes 28 thematic sessions that cover topics such as climate change, the science of human dignity, the Sustainable Development Goals, science for Africa and science diplomacy.

A series of pre-events included a science journalism programme, discussions on the green hydrogen economy, air quality fun in Sea Point and Khayelitsha, tours of science facilities in and around Cape Town, a robotics boot camp for learners, a Women in Science Film Festival and breakfast with the international Square Kilometer Array Organization.

President Ramaphosa delivers the keynote address at the World Science Forum 2022:

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