Minister Pandor to be honoured for role in science in SA

The American Association for the Advancement of Science will award Science Minister Naledi Pandor the prestigious award for science diplomacy for her work in integrating science in policymaking.

Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor will on Friday receive the prestigious award for science diplomacy by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston, in the United States.

Minister Pandor is being honoured for integrating science in policymaking within South Africa.

She is also honoured for her advocacy for young scientists and female scientists by supporting initiatives that encourage international collaboration for both groups locally, in Africa and internationally.

The award ceremony will take place during the association’s annual meeting in Massachusetts, where Minister Pandor is expected to address the AAAS executive board and speak during several sessions of the meeting.

Minister’s spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele said: “The minister is quite happy with this award because it recognises the role that has been played by the Department of Science and Technology, together with her, in terms of advancing science, not just in South Africa, but in Africa, as well as throughout the world. So this is an acknowledgement of the role that science plays globally, according to her.”

(Edited by Refilwe Thobega)