Daan Du Toit: talking science diplomacy in South Africa

Science Soapbox just went global, virtually traveling to South Africa to take a deep dive into the latest science and technology developments in the nation with Daan du Doit, Deputy Director General of International Cooperation and Resources at the South African Department of Science and Technology. In this episode, we chat about South African resources, the delicate balance between diplomatic scientific cooperation and competition, and even Trevor Noah.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during the show:

  • Learn more about South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology by traveling to their official page
  • Pan African University is training a new generation of leaders in STEM to “constitute the bedrock for an African pool of higher education and research.” For more about their mission and programs, visit here
  • South Africa is a world leader in astronomy and will be host to the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the world’s largest telescope, along with Australia. Read more on SPACE.com
  • The Next Einstein Forum was held earlier this month bringing together 700 scientists, mathematicians and technologists from 80 African countries to share ideas about how to foster innovation in Africa and bring them to fruition
  • The Next Einstein Initiative is the brainchild of 2008 TED Prize winner Neil Turok, whose vision and TED talk you can find here

This episode was recorded on February 29, 2016 in Rockefeller University’s Science Outreach Lab. Special thanks to Visager for music.

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