Organised by SciCom on behalf of the Government of South Africa
- Dublin, Saturday 14 July, 2012

Turning Astronomy into Business Clusters

Astronomy is big business. South Africa, allied with eight other African countries, is planning to build the world’s most powerful radio telescope - an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10,000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope ever built.

More than 70 institutes in 20 countries, together with industry partners such as Intel, are participating in the scientific and technical design.

This science to business project is truly of global significance and a potential opportunity for ESOF delegates. The design, construction and operation of the telescope will have a potentially global impact on skills development in science, engineering and associated industries.

Organised by SciCom
- Dublin, Thursday, 12 July, 10h45 – 12h15

Exploding Myths on Reactor Security, Harm Reduction and GMO's

Session Description

Group Photo Exploding Myths
Thought-leaders from science, policy and industry came together to challenge popular perceptions and misperceptions on nuclear energy, GMOs and tobacco.

Organised by SciCom on behalf of the Government of South Africa
- Dublin, 11 – 15 July

Who's watching Africa? A scramble for natural resources


Africa is a continent rich in natural resources such as oil, gold, timber, diamonds, uranium and chrome. It also has the potential to feed itself and to become the bread basket of Europe, amongst others. Research and development coupled with the application of the latest technological advances play a key role in accessing and processing these resources. A sensible exploitation could greatly benefit the peoples of Africa and success stories are to be found. But instead, the scramble for Africa's riches has often led to mismanagement, environmental degradation, and in some instances, to conflict. Neither has the management of Africa's natural resources helped alleviate poverty. A number of important developments are, however, changing the dynamics related to resource management and exploitation in Africa. Chief among these is the determination of a number of African countries to move from a resource-dependent to a knowledge-based economy. Emerging economies such as China and others have also demonstrated a keen interest in partnerships with Africa with recent spectacular and significant investments.

Organised by SciCom on behalf of the Government of South Africa
- Dublin, Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Global science partnerships to address global challenges Africa, America, Asia, Europe: Rising on the same tide?

Session Description

This session is designed to identify best practices and pitfalls encountered by different countries when practicing science without borders. The high-level international speakers will bring unique insights into the science behind science policy-making, implementation and evaluation. Climate change, energy and resource efficiency, health and demographic change, food security and the digital divide, are opportunities for research and innovation, which will help us to create the necessary jobs and wealth to take the developed and developing world out of the current economic crisis, achieving sustainable development and alleviating poverty. Insights will be given into the strong international dimension that is required and concrete measures being taken.