Science Forum South Africa

Still Igniting Conversations About Science
https://esastap.org.za/sfsa2020/
13:45 – 15:15, Thursday, 10 December 2020

Abstract:

This session brings together leading medical, policy and civil society experts to examine the late Kofi Annan’s statement that “drugs have harmed many people, but bad government policies have harmed many more”. Its focus is on weighing-up the ethics of intervening in the lives of addicted and non-addicted users of licit and illicit drugs.

This debate is timely given South Africa’s March 27 prohibition of all alcohol sales. The country stood largely alone in also banning the sale of nicotine products. Media attention worldwide was considerable. The public health logic behind, and repercussions of, these and subsequent decisions will be scrutinised. The pandemic has brought into sharp focus how societies worldwide both professes intolerance for the use of ‘drugs’, while providing and even cherishing the social settings that enable and make legitimate their use. Taxation, jobs, sectoral interests, culture and civil liberties all come into play.

ESOF 2020 Trieste

ESOF 2020 Trieste
Keynote Panel: 10h15 – 11h45, Thursday 3rd September 2020
COVID-19: Unveiling Ground-Breaking Research on Brain Impacts & the Search for Novel, Plant-Based Vaccines

Abstract:

As an ESOF exclusive, the results of two major research programmes looking at brain impacts of COVID-19 and plant-based vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease will be presented for the first time, followed by an interactive key influencer debate moderated by the Financial Times Science Editor.

ESOF 2020 Trieste

ESOF 2020 Trieste
Keynote Panel: 08h30 – 10h00, Friday 4th September 2020
If COVID-19 is the 9/11 Moment for Global Public Health, What Needs to Happen Next?

Abstract:

This high-level panel discussion moderated by the Financial Times Science Editor brings together world leading authorities on public health practice, management and policy. They are charged with conceiving, developing, implementing and often running those invisible systems we take for granted in our everyday lives – now utterly re-written by COVID-19.

Innovation Bridge & Science Forum South Africa
4 – 6 December, 2019, CSIR Pretoria: https://www.sfsa.co.za
High-Level Consultation Event: 13h30 – 15h00, Wednesday 4th December 2019

Spotlighting Lessons Learned from the Struggle, Challenge & Regulation of Drug, Alcohol & Tobacco Use

Abstract:

This plenary unites leading medical, policy and civil society experts to underscore the late Kofi Annan’s statement that “drugs have harmed many people, but bad government policies have harmed many more”. With so many Africans dying, why are the views of African scientists so rarely taken seriously by policy-makers inside Africa, let alone in most places of the world? And what chance has Africa’s civil or ‘uncivil’ society got to have its voice heard?