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Italian research day in the world – Event of the 15th of April 2021

The Embassy of Italy in South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa, on the occasion of the “Italian research day in the world 2021“, have organized an event on the research activities carried out at the Sterkfontein caves world heritage site.

Organized at the Wits Origins Centre, the event will involve 60 grade ten and eleven students attending the Mamelodi High School, Ivory Park High School and Edward Pathudi Secondary School and will aim at creating inspiration towards STEM as well as at opening a window on the roots, mystery and beauty of our common origin as human beings.

The Italy-South Africa research cooperation at the Sterkfontein site will be presented, unveiling the exceptional cultural and scientific value of the Sterkfontein caves – “the UNESCO world heritage site next door”.


Event details

Date: 15th of April 2021
Time: 9:00am-12:15pm
Venue: The Origins Centre – University of the Witwatersrand (open with google maps).

Event partners

Italian Embassy in South Africa
Italian Research day in the world (click here to discover more).
ASSAf – Academy of Science of South Africa
SAASTA – South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement
University of the Witwatersrand
University of Cambridge
University of Padua


H.E. Paolo Cuculi, Ambassador of Italy
Prof Himla Soodyall, Executive Officer, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
Prof Dominic Stratford, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa
Dr Stefania Merlo, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Prof Giuseppe Salemi, University of Padua, Italy