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June 2012
Contents / home
Hornbills get taste of the wild
International Year of the Rhino
DIY: Build a bat box
Holiday courses
Biodiversity Youth Symposium
Community produce animal food
Debunking myths around owls
Air Force knee deep in mud!
NZG display draws crowds
Solving wildebeest dilemma
Tick-borne disease mystery
Inspiring aspirant vets
ZooClub in scientific mode
Science going places
Talkin' about takins
Conservation Grapevine

Register NOW for the Biodiversity Youth Symposium

The third Biodiversity Youth Symposium will be held at the National Zoo in Pretoria on 4 August 2012 to coincide with National Science Week. This year's theme is "Sustainable Energy for All".

Learners are invited to register and submit abstracts. The best abstracts will be selected for oral presentations. Learners may still register and attend the symposium without doing presentations. The deadline for abstracts and registration is 20 July. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, visit the National Science Week web page.   Lucky Masilo of Tsogo Secondary School, one of last year's winners.   Nabeelah Rasad and Khairoonisa Hoorzook of Laudium Secondary School prepare for their presentation.

Learners will be competing for the following exciting prizes:

  • First prize: A science-related prize to the value of R2 500 for the learner and a camera to the value of R2 500 for the learner's school.
  • Second prize: A science-related prize to the value of R1 500 for the learner and a printer to the value of R1 500 for the learner's school.
  • Third prize: A science-related prize to the value of R750 for the learner and a scientific calculator to the value of R750 for the learner's school.

Themes for oral presentations:

  • Food for the future
  • Renewable energy technologies (finding an alternative for burning fuel/wood in Africa - be innovative!)
  • Using biodiversity for energy production

The Symposium is sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa.

For more information and registration forms, contact Elize de Jager on, 012 339 2734.

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