Water World 2016
SAIAB is the proud host of Water World at Scifest Africa, the official main festival venue which hosts all water-related activities of the festival programme including lectures, workshops and exhibitions.
Wander through watery wonders at Water World - 2-8 March: Opening hours: 2-4, 7,8 March 09h00-16h00; 5-6 March 10h00-17h00
Water World first appeared on the Scifest scene as an official venue in 2013.
Professor Mike Bruton, who is a long-standing contributor and well-known face at Scifest and who has spent a life-time studying fish and things that live in water, is also an expert science communicator. After the first Water World in 2013, he had this to say,
"Congratulations on this excellent initiative, which works very well. I am sometimes concerned that science festivals (and science centres) underplay the biological and environmental sciences but, with the addition of Water World, there is no danger that SciFest will do this. After all, the sea covers about 2/3 of the world but, more importantly, being the most three-dimensional environment, it provides more than 90% of the habitable volume on our planet.”
Sibuya Game Reserve and the Sustainable Seas Trust team up to show you the links between the animals and plants of our estuaries and coasts and are also offering a half-day excusion to the coast (Bookings are essential through the Scifest ticket office).
The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) monitors ecosystems to predict and react to environmental change. Come and see what the SAEON Elwandle (Coastal) Node is doing in the Algoa Bay Sentinel Site.
The Acoustic Tracking Array Platform (ATAP) a marine science project which monitors the movements of marine animals along the South African coastline;
The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) Marine Science Platform which provides a science platform and specialised equipment to enable marine scientits in South Africa to do groundbreaking research which would otherwise be unavailable or too costly.
The ACEP Phuhlisa Programme which is making major contributions to the transformation of the marine science community - come and meet some of the postgraduates on this programme and hear about their adventures.
What is Water?? What makes water so important? Come and learn more about the properties of water and do some experiments.
And...Come and meet the SASSI singing fish...The demand for fish throughout the world has become so great that we are overfishing them to a frightening extent. What would we do in a world without fish? If the fish can't speak for themselves, learn what YOU can do to help them.
Vanessa Rouhani is the Water World event organiser. Asked where people can find Water World she explains,
Download the Water World 2016 programme
Tel: 046 6035800