BMBF Panel Discussion on ‘Public Engagement’ at the South Africa Science Forum

This year, the Africa Unit of the BMBF, together with the Museum für Naturkunde, is participating in the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) with a panel discussion entitled ‘Engaging global publics - challenges, values and opportunities from South African and German perspective’. It is supported by the Africa division of DLR Projektträger, the project management agency of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). This year's SFSA will take place in digital format from 1-3 December 2021.

Mhairi StewartHead of Public Engagement at the University of St Andrews will moderate the panel with panellists Erik Hansalek (BMBF, Head of Unit Africa and Middle East), Alina Loth (Head of the Berlin School of Public Engagement and Open Science), Marina Joubert (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), Adivhaho Bridgette Mphaphuli (winner of the Falling Walls Lab Johannesburg) and Johannes Vogel (Director Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin).

Public Engagement is a topic the organisers want to develop further with their South African partners. The Science Forum offers an excellent platform to discuss the topic with German and South African experts and to engage in conversation with an international audience. How can we strengthen and promote Public Engagement and Science Communication across national borders? What are the different requirements and approaches to Public Engagement?

This year, the Science Forum will take place digitally from 1 to 3 December 2021. The BMBF session will take place on 2 December 2021 from 8 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. CET (9 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. South Africa local time) in room 6.

On the event website  you will be able to register for the Science Forum and find all necessary informationcan.

As always, 'Ignite Conversations about Science' is the motto of the Science Forum - the Africa Unit of the BMBF is looking forward to sparking conversations on Public Engagement with you!


Dr. Kerstin Silvestre Garcia
Tel.: +49 228 3821 1480