SAASTA is a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF), with a mandate to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI) in South Africa.
SAASTA contributes to the NRF’s mandate and key strategic objectives by supporting the communication and engagement of research and contributing to human capacity development in the critical areas of STEMI through science education, science communication and science awareness or engagement activities.
In the same vein, SAASTA contributes to the DST’s Ten Year Innovation Plan (2008) and Youth into Science Strategy (2006) and, thus, plays a key role in contributing to the National System of Innovation (NSI).
All science engagement programmes’ within SAASTA reside under one of the three key strategic areas that combine to form a seamless approach. The areas are interdependent, each enhancing the effectiveness of the other as follows: