10 December 2020

Science Forum South Africa 2020 (SFSA2020)

The South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) is a statutory Council responsible for the registration and regulation of natural scientists in different fields of practices. One of the key strategic objectives of SACNASP is to promote professional development through lifelong learning in the natural science sector through Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The focus of the discussion will be on determining the role that stakeholders can play in supporting natural scientists’ lifelong learning, and the benefits. In this context, the following questions can arise: Can CPD be used as a tool for career progression in face of rapid expansion of scientific and technological knowledge? Will CPD ensure a lifelong career through upskilling, access to knowledge and the ability to adapt to new and novel approaches? Furthermore, can stakeholders use CPD as a vehicle to stay ahead of competitors and improve productivity? The key deliverable of this session is to provide an opportunity for all participants to highlight the role that CPD can play in the interests of scientists, the natural science profession and in the broader context of its contribution to society.
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