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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 2015 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.

Please also visit us on social media for updates.


FameLab 2015

Download the FameLab 2015 Application form and Promo Brochure

Bioeconomy Strategy

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

Click here (.PDF 8mb) to view the PUB 10 year celebratory book which profiles 25 biotechnologists who have made noteworthy contributions in the global understanding of biotechnology

PUB Newsletter

Issue 5: June 2015 Click here

Issue 4: April 2015 Click here

Issue 3 : February 2015 Click here

Issue 2 : December 2014 Click here

Issue 1 : September 2014 Click here

Call for proposals



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.


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.


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.




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



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.

Click here to view archived newsletters.

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


Interested in a career in the exciting field of biotechnology?

Find out more!