Innovation Bridge & Science Forum South Africa
4 – 6 December, 2019, CSIR Pretoria:
High-Level Consultation Event: 13h30 – 15h00, Wednesday 4th December 2019

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


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?

AAAS, 10h00 – 11h30, Friday 15th February 2019, Washington DC, USA.

Session Summary:

This session spotlights what is happening right now in Europe, Japan and South Africa towards building and sustaining national, regional and global ties as the bedrock of science. While managing the world’s largest public R&I funds, speakers share a mandate to place discovery at the core of international politics. Their success is measured on creating the necessary knowledge, jobs and wealth to keep tax-payers happy, while supporting a trade climate favouring developing and least developed countries.

Science Forum South Africa

11h00 – 12h30, Thursday 13th December 2018, Ruby Room, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa.


There are over 52 million cannabis, 6 million amphetamine-type stimulant (ATS), 3 million cocaine, 2 million opioid and 1.5 million ecstasy (MDMA) users in Africa today. With a clear pan-African focus, this high-level panel will evidence how the goal of a ‘drug-free world’ backed up by a ‘war on drugs’ anchored in ‘science’ and enshrined in the international drug control treaties is both naïve and dangerous. Naïve, in that prohibition has had little impact on drug use with the number of consumers increasing, particularly in the developing world. Dangerous, in that prohibition fuels inhuman and coerced drug treatments, massive incarcerations, extrajudicial killings and the death penalty in contravention of international law.

09h00 – 13h15, Monday 9th July 2018, Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Toulouse.

Organised by SciCom – Making Sense of Science, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Toulouse and facilitated by the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) this select, but balanced, gathering of 35 key global influencers working at the industry & policy-making interface is planned as a summit-style, curtain-raiser to ESOF 2018.