NCRST launches month of science

02 Aug 2016 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 02 JUL (NAMPA) – The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) launched its ‘month of science’ in Windhoek on Tuesday.
The commission has lined up four major events for September – a national science fair (05-09 September); National Science, Technology and Innovation Festival (12-16 September); the Namport Biggest Brainer Science Quiz (19-21 September) and the National Research Symposium (21-23 September).
The Science, Technology and Innovation Festival will be held at Ongwediva.
NCRST Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eino Mvula said the month of science is in line with the commission's strategic plan which speaks of the promotion of science, technology and innovation with a view toward attracting the best and brightest into a career of science.
He explained that following the launch of the Harambee Prosperity Plan, the NCRST revised its strategic plan for the period 2014/15 to 2018/19 to ensure that it positions itself as key contributor to the achievement of the goals and objectives of the plan.
“Science, technology and innovation are cross-cutting and contribute to all five pillars of the Harambee Prosperity Plan. Our approach will however be deliberate to support the Government's strategic intent to develop and harness human resource capacity, to contribute towards economic advancement,” he said.
Mvula said the National Research Symposium will culminate in the National Research, Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation Awards on 23 September.
The awards will be hosted in recognition of individual scientists, researchers, technologists, engineers and science institutions for their contribution to the development of science, technology and innovation in Namibia.