Events FY2017

07-08 Dec SFSA2017
07 DecSolar to Hydrogen Workshop
27 NovJoint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology
24-26 NovScience Agora 2017
01-03 OctSTS Forum 2017
15-16 JulySAJU Forum
14-19 JulySATN Visit
26 MayGender Summit 10
26 MayFCDIC Symposium

See S&T Office Events 2016
See S&T Office Events 2015
See S&T Office Events 2014


07-08 Dec 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa

3rd SFSA

The S&T Office led a delegation from Tokyo Gas/Cabinet Office - Energy Carrier and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) to attend the 3rd annual Science Forum: South Africa (SF: SA) held in Pretoria on 7-8 December 2017.
At the Forum the JST held a session on SDG's and the Cabinet Office presented another session on "How Japan plans to demonstrate a new technology (Hydrogen Society) to the world during the 2020 Olympics games".
The Japanese delegation through the Embassy of Japan also had an exhibition booth.
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07 Oct 2017 in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Solar to Hydrogen Workshop and Site visit to the Helio 100 CSP

On the margins of the Science Forum a workshop on Solar to Hydrogen also took place. The workshop exchanged information on the latest South African activities on producing Hydrogen from renewable sources. The South African participants included stakeholders from the DST, HySA, CSIR, Mintek, Eskom, Sasol, North West University and Stellenbosch University. The Japanese delegation was represented by Mr Shigeru Muraki who is an Executive Advisor for Tokyo Gas and is also the Program Director for the Energy Carrier project under the Cabinet Office. A site visit to the Helio 100 CSP in Stellenbosch also took place.
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27 Nov 2017

Joint Committee Meeting:
Science and Technology Cooperation
between Japan and South Africa

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24-26 Nov 2017

Science Agora 2017

at Tokyo Telecom Centre

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01-03 Oct 2017

14th STS Forum

On 1-3 October Minister Grace Naledi Pandor delivered remarks during a plenary session titled "Population and Resources" that took place at the 14th Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum. The Forum looks at the "The Lights and Shadows" of science and technology. The explosive progress of science and technology up to the 20th century brought prosperity and enriched the quality of life for much of mankind. However, the advance of science and technology raises important ethical, safety and environmental issues: possible negative applications are threatening mankind’s own future. Since progress in science and technology is expected to accelerate and will be necessary for sustainable human development in the 21st century, wisdom must be exercised to keep it under proper control.
Mr Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan Mrs Naledi Pandor, S&T Minister Mr Koji Omi, Chairman of the STS Forum
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15-16 July 2017

SAJU Forum

The re-launch and 3rd SAJU meeting took place on 15-16 July in Tokyo. The meeting assumed "Cooperation between South African and Japanese universities towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)" as the main theme, where representatives of universities such as presidents and vice-chancellors from 21 SA universities and 30 Japanese universities discussed opportunities and possible academic cooperation between the two countries for solving local and global issues for a sustainable society.
A couple of plenary keynote lectures were delivered and parallel thematic session were held to share and discuss prospects of academic cooperation in the following six strategic areas related to the sixteen goals identified as SDGs: Agriculture and Food; Health; Education, Humanity and Society; and Environment and Energy.
The meeting concluded with the presentation of a Joint Statement as a way forward for cooperation between the two countries.
SAJU has reconfirmed the following plan of action:
  • Establish periodically opportunities such as joint academic seminars to share research interests, achievements and perspectives and to discuss possibilities for collaboration;
  • Actively share information on funding programmes to promote academic cooperation and joint projects;
  • Establish, share, and implement concrete programmes and projects for academic exchange, human development, and cooperation with society, including the private sector, international organizations, and NGO;
  • Provide continuous opportunities for dialogue between South African and Japanese universities; and
  • Establish secretariats in South Africa and Japan to serve as nodal points for communication and coordination.
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14-19 July 2017

SATN Visit

A delegation of Vice Chancellors of the Universities of Technology under the South African Technology Network (SATN) had several meetings around the 3rd South Africa-Japan University (SAJU) Forum.
Re-tem in Tokyo
The delegation visited the Nagaoka University of Technology to exchange information and collaborative opportunities on student exchange and dual degree programmes.
They also visited the (innovation school) at the University of Tokyo to learn about the linkage of innovation across all disciplines including in social sciences.
In addition, an e-waste (electronic) management seminar was co-hosted by the Embassy and Ministry of Environment Affairs in Japan where the SATN delegation participated.
Coupled to the seminar the delegation visited two waste treatment facilities in Japan namely, Howa Trading in Nagaoka City and Re-Tem in Tokyo.
Howa Trading in Nagaoka City
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26 May 2017

Gender Summit 10

On 25- 26 May 2017, the Embassy participated at the Asia-Pacific Gender Summit 10 which took place on Tokyo. The Summit is an international movement to discuss science and gender. The Gender Summit intends to encourage a higher quality of innovation, in which we consider the difference of gender as an important factor, discuss the better research and development and utilize the discussion outcomes actively and practically for education, human development, basic research and commercialisation. Minister Counsellor: Science and Technology, Ms Eudy Mabuza presented on the "Next steps for International Collaboration between Science Institutions".
Dr Teruo Kishi, Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Yuko Harayama, Member of Council for Science, Technology and Innovaiton, Cabinet Office Dr Miyoko Watanabe, Deputy Executive Director, JST
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26 May 2017

FCDIC International Symposium

On 25 - 26 May the Fuel Cell Development Information Centre (FCDIC) hosted its 24th Fuel Cell Symposium in Tokyo. The Symposium was attended by international experts in the fuel cell domain. South Africa was represented by Ms Eudy Mabuza - Minister Counsellor: Science and Technology and Dr Shiro Tanaka - Key Technology Specialist Fuel Cell from HySA Catalysis at the University of Cape Town.
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