SANBio shares regional perspectives at the Science, technology and Innovation Festival 2015 in Namibia, 29 June to 3 July 2015

Dr Eino Mvula, CEO of the National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST) opening the festival

Dr Ereck Chakauya, Network Manager (Acting) of the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) presented at the 1st National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) Science Technology and Innovation festival 2015, held at the Windhoek Country Club, Namibia, between June 29th and July 3rd 2015. Together with NCRST, SANBio participated on a TV interview on the Good Morning Namibia show on Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).

Namibia is one of the 12 members of the SANBio Network and hosts the Mushroom Node. The main objectives of the festival were to demonstrate that science, technology and innovation underpin everyday activities; to demystify popular misconception and create a new mindset regarding science, technology and innovation; and to create a platform where scientists, technologists and innovation are accessible to all people.

The expert panel discussion under the Biotechnology track was entitled ”The importance of biotechnology strategy for National development” was facilitated by Mr Vincent Nowaseb (NCRST),  Prof Percy Chimwamurombe  (University of Namibia) and Dr Chris Hikuam, a Pharmacologist from Namib Health Consultancy.  During his presentation, Dr Chakauya emphasised the importance of coordination and collaboration in science, technology and innovation, the need to foster partnership between government, academia and society, monitoring, evaluation and learning, protection intellectual Property rights, Knowledge sharing and technology appropriation. Science, Technology and Innovation festival was established to promote science, technology and innovation and serve as an eye-opener to the public.

During the events the participants get a hands-on experience of science, technology and innovation through testing and experimentation and by taking apart and rebuilding equipment; allowing them to realize the joys of discovery science, technology and innovation can actually entail. NCRST uses the festival to offer participants an opportunity to ask experts questions and discover opportunities and even potential career paths in the wide and varied fields comprising science, technology and innovation.