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Invite: Sustainable development and the chemical elements, 16 May 2019   #IYPT2019

Written by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 18:18


Sustainable development and the chemical elements

Chemical elements from the perspective of the Sustainable Development Goals
16 May 2019, Midrand, Gauteng    #IYPT2019

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is hosting a national NSTF Discussion Forum on 'Sustainable development and the chemical elements'. This is aligned to the United Nations' (UN) 2019 ‘International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements 2019’ (IYPT2019).

This event is part of a series on IYPT2019. Two NSTF Discussion Forums held on 18-19 March 2019 on 'Rare elements for new technologies' and 'Managing elements for nutrition and safety'.

This event is held in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Dow Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd (material science company).



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The United Nations' (UN) proclaimed 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. The UN recognises the importance of raising global awareness around chemistry. This includes chemistry’s role in solving global challenges within the energy, agriculture, health and other critical sectors.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are of critical importance to developing countries, to Africa as a whole, and to Southern Africa. Statistics SA monitors our progress in terms of the SDGs as a country, and the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) reports on such progress, and ensures that planning is done to meet the SDGs. 
Event objective: The NSTF Discussion Forums  will focus on specific topics related to chemistry and the periodic table. This event will view chemical elements from the perspective of the UN SDGs.
The aim is to discuss the following questions:

·         What are the issues related to minerals in energy, water, food, education and economic sustainability?

·         What does this tell us about minerals that have to be mined or imported?

·         What does it tell us about nutrition and public awareness around healthy eating?

·         How can science teachers relate the elements in the periodic table to their applications and importance?

·         What opportunities are there for growing particular industries?

Envisaged outcomes: To collate feedback from all three NSTF Discussion Forums, and send recommendations to the relevant government departments, policy makers and research institutions.
Outputs: As is usual for NSTF Discussion Forums, the following outputs will be produced and made available on the NSTF website: proceedings; summary and recommendations; media release; speakers’ PowerPoint presentations; video clips of presentations; photos; concept document, and reading list.
Business Report supplement: A supplement on the three NSTF discussion forums is planned for inclusion in the Business Report (inserted in The Star, Cape Times, Pretoria News and The Mercury newspapers).  There are excellent opportunities for communicating information and branding. Contact the NSTF Office at for contact details of the Business Report representatives.  Note that the NSTF does not receive money for this supplement.  The intention is to increase awareness of the issues in the science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation community in South Africa. 

About the NSTF: The NSTF is the stakeholder forum representing the SET and innovation community in South Africa. The membership ranges from research institutions, universities and state entities to business, as well as professional societies (proSET) and civil society. The NSTF engages with policy issues across various government departments and promotes collaboration and critical thinking among the broad range of stakeholders. NSTF Discussion Forums gather stakeholders together, across the public and private sectors, to put forward recommendations to influence government policies.

Delegate registration information
Date: 16 May 2019
Venue: Maxwell Office Park, Business Centre, Magwa Crescent, Waterfall City, Midrand, Gauteng
Parking: inside the basement of the Dow building
Registration: RSVP your attendance online by no later than 13 May 2019. Limited seats available.  RSVP as soon as possible to secure your seat.
Programme: Click here for the draft programme
Time: 08:30 for 09:00 to 16:30

This is a FREE event for all employees of

NSTF Member Organisations

(sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology)

Please join us for lunch and use the opportunity for further discussion and networking.

Registration information***

Non-Member Organisations of the NSTF: Attendance is open for anyone interested which includes attendance, documentation relating to the event, conference stationery, refreshments and lunch.

Please note that if you do not RSVP, the NSTF cannot be held responsible for any unforeseen changes or cancellations of programmes. Communications are sent only via e-mail or through notifications on the
NSTF website.




Last updated Tuesday, 13 August 2019 12:05