SAIAB News » DST Minister and DG visit Water World at SAIAB during Scifest Africa 2018

Scifest Africa 2018  

A very special space evolves each year at NRF-SAIAB's pop-up science centre Water World at Scifest Africa.

2018 was made extra special as we had the honour this year to be visited by the newly appointed Minister of the Department of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, and the Deputy General, Dr Phil Mjwara.

Fig. 1: DST Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, accompanied by Dr Angus Paterson, MD of NRF-SAIAB, stops at the Innovative Control of Invasive Species exhibit. This exhibit, from the Centre of Biological Control at Rhodes University, introduces visitors to Water World to biological control as being by far the most innovative way of reducing invasive species infestations.


As an Embedded NUCLEUS of the EU-funded NUCLEUS Project, of which NRF-SAASTA is a consortium partner, Water World provides an amazing platform for NRF-SAIAB and other organisations involved in aquatic biodiversity research which otherwise may not be in a position to attend Scifest Africa, to engage with civil society.


Fig. 2: At the NRF-SAEON Elwandle Node’s stand, Research Intern Grant van der Heever demonstrates how the SkiMonkey, an underwater benthic camera system is deployed from the research vessel.


Fig. 3: Christopher Hale and  Edwin Greyling, Honours Students at the Rhodes University Institute for Water Research’s stand: Water, the Connector of all Life, discuss the quality of drinking water with learners.

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