Communicating Discovery Science

symposium on ‘Communicating Discovery Science’ is set to take place from 18 – 20 November 2024 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The event is organised by the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University, with support from The Kavli Foundation.

Discovery science includes basic, foundation, curiosity-driven, blue-sky or fundamental scientific research across all disciplines. Public engagement around discovery science is essential to combat certain public perceptions that it is too abstract and removed from society to be worthy of funding.

The symposium aims to deepen understanding of effective public engagement around discovery science. We will explore ways to improve the practice of communicating discovery science, sharing insights and creating a supportive community for scientists and science communication practitioners and researchers focused on basic science. We will also explore the relevance and importance of communicating basic science in relation to applied science.

We invite you to explore the symposium website – – and consider responding to the call for proposals. We are asking for proposals of maximum 500 words by 31 May 2024.

A six-member scientific advisory committee will review the proposals and lead the programme development.

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Topology for Tomorrow at Siyakhula

Topology for Tomorrow (T4T) will run from 18-19 March 2024 during the AIMS Siyakhula festival. We invite all topologists – current and future – to join us for two days of topology and to take part in the entire Siyakhula festival.

To register for the event (and/or Siyakhula) please visit the following website


SANUM2024 Conference

Registration is now open for the 2024 South African Numerical and 
Applied Mathematics Symposium, SANUM2024

The conference will be held from Weds 03 to Friday 05 April, 2024 
in Stellenbosch, with a pre-conference workshop Tues 02 to Weds 
03 April on the Julia programming language and its SciML and DiffEq

Plenary speakers include:

  • Annie Cuyt (University of Antwerp)
  • Charis Harley (UJ)
  • Jean Lubuma (Wits)
  • Sibusiso Moyo (SU)
  • Sheehan Olver (Imperial College London)

See the conference website, for further details.


Functional Analysis and Operator Theory South Africa 2024 Workshop

Functional Analysis and Operator Theory South Africa 2024 Workshop

This workshop will be held at the AIMS Centre in Muizenberg, Cape Town, from 17 to 19 March 2024. The abstract submission deadline is 17 February 2024. Please see the announcement file below, for more information.

Note that there was a slight change of plan. The organizers of the Siyakhula festival at AIMS asked us to arrange the registration for the workshop ourselves. The FAOTSA 2024 website

has now been updated, and registration is possible by going to the registration page (button in the right-upper corner). There is only limited capacity for the workshop, so please register soon. The attached file is an updated version of the announcement that was circulated with the earlier e-mail.

The Siyakhula festival program includes a poster presentation session, and students that do not plan to give a talk in the workshop are encouraged to present a poster in this session.


66th Annual SAMS Congress, 5-7 December 2023!

The 66th annual SAMS Congress will run from 5 to 7 December 2023 on the Bunting Road campus of the University of Johannesburg. The website is SAMS Congress 2023.

Early bird registration closes 27 September 2023 . For further information, please see the above-mentioned website.