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The Department of Science and Technology has launched a Public Understanding of Biotechnology (PUB) programme to ensure a clear, balanced understanding of the scientific principles, related issues and potential of biotechnology and to stimulate public debate around its applications in society.
 

Upcoming events

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2014 from the PUB programme! We have activities going on all over the country. Be sure not to miss out on any of the action! View our events page for more information.

PUB has recently put together a Facebook page!  You can find it by searching for "Public Understanding of Biotechnology". The page is constantly updated with useful information on Biotechnology. Please spend time looking at the page and hit the "like" button if you do!

PUB is also now on Twitter! Please follow us on @pub_outreach

The Department of Science and Technology has a newly launched Bioeconomy strategy. Click here to read the strategy.

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International Conference on Tissue  Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Tshwane University of Technology
27-31 August 2014
www.tut.ac.za/goto/icte

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South African Human Genome Programme Newsletter (Download) and information on two upcoming workshops (Workshop 1, Workshop 2).

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Call for proposals

Invitation to the Biotechnology Sector to recommend critical topics and innovative ideas for potential public dialogue sessions. Kindly see attached call (Download here) and application form.  The closing date for submissions is the close of business (16h00) on Thursday, 31 July 2014. Feedback on submissions will be provided a month after the closing date.

Appointment of a service provider to conduct a national survey of the South African Public’s perceptions of biotechnology (national 9 provinces). Kindly download the invitation, and the bid document. Note: The closing date is 25 July 2014 @ 11am.


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PUB News

A note to the Educators: We have developed a fantastic Educators Resource Pack which contains all the PUB resources that can be valuable aides in the classroom, helping learners understand the concepts of biotechnology better. These include posters, factsheets, curriculum-aligned classroom activities (Grades 9, 11, 12), an interactive CD ROM for Grades 6 - 8, a BBT DVD and many other useful resources!

Feel free to contact us for more information.
 

Funding

The PUB programme does not provide funding or scholarships for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees. For more information on funding opportunities visit the National Research Foundation (NRF) website.

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DST Ministerial Report 

DST ministerial report on the Science, Technology and Innovation Landscape in South Africa. The public has been invited to comment on the attached report
 
For more information, please visit this webpage.

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Bioentrepreneurship

Interested in knowing more about Bioentrepreneurship? Click here to find out about fantastic online courses offered by XCell Bioconsulting.

 

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Click here to read an excellent article related to science communication.

 

 


 

 

Young Science Communicators Writing Initiative:

In an initiative to offer a platform to exercise skills in science communication, PUB commissioned a group of young scientists to write popular articles on various topics relating to biotechnology applications. Read their on articles on topics including sustainable energy, aquaculture, palaeogenomics, and more... Click here to view.


Previous PUB Quarterly Newsletters:

PUB's fourth quarterly newsletter 
The
third PUB Quarterly Newsletter 
The
second PUB Quarterly Newsletter
The first edition



Press release

Shedding Light on Human Genetic Diversity

A paper detailing the the Southern African Genome Sequencing Project and its results was published in the journal Nature.

Read more



Easy learning!

A range of teaching aids are available in a number of different languages



Careers

Interested in a career in the exciting field of biotechnology?

Find out more!