Science Week 2020
Sustainable Development Goals

  • Science Week 2020 banner ©Goethe-Institut

Education, Activities and Films

The Goethe-Institut Namibia and local partners have united for Science Week 2020 under the theme ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ and in collaboration with the United Nations (UN) Environment Programme to highlight the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Due to social distancing and COVID-19 regulations, this project’s components of experiments for learners and a competition will be available online to reach a large audience. The series of activities and experiments were supported by Imani Scietechnology Investment and the Ministry of Mines and Energy.


Learners will this year explore a selection of experiments that have been selected in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic and due to their practicality, relevance to Namibia and the SDGs. The experiments were recorded in a professional laboratory and these videos will premiere on the Goethe-Institut Namibia YouTube channel from 12-16 October 2020.

Parents and teachers may rent a set of DVDs with corresponding experiment descriptions (Science Packs) to bring some scientific fun into the kitchen and class. The videos made in Namibia are part of the Science Pack. Science Packs are available at the Goethe-Institut Namibia Library in Windhoek until mid-December. Contact for more information.

Greenhouse in a jar ©Goethe-Institut Namibia The Greenhouse Effect in a Jar
Premiere on Mon 12 Oct 2020, 10h00
The greenhouse effect is the rise in temperature that the Earth experiences because certain gases in the atmosphere trap heat from the sun. Without these gases, heat would escape into space and the earth would be a lot colder but too much of them also makes the earth inhabitable. In this episode watch Whitney and Zappa experiment with the Greenhouse effect in a Jar.

Rock properties ©Goethe-Institut Namibia Rock Properties
Premiere on Tue 13 Oct 2020, 10h00
Rocks are made of minerals and there exist three types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. Geologists use several methods to identify the rocks and minerals. Different rocks and minerals have different physical and chemical properties. For example, rocks that contain carbonate react with acid (substances with a pH less than 7). In this episode, we demonstrate some geological tools to investigate the properties of rocks.

Ocean acidifictaion ©Goethe-Institut Namibia Climate Change - Ocean Acidification
Premiere on Wed 14 Oct 2020, 10:00 
Since the Industrial Revolution, human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels and the use of coal power plants have affected the climate. For instance, the emission of greenhouse gases has increased Earth’s atmospheric temperature. The emissions from burning fossil fuels increase the greenhouse effect and make oceans more acidic when carbon dioxide dissolves in water. In this episode, we investigate how acidic water affects eggshells, representing oceanic organisms and limestone.

Soil properties ©Goethe-Institut Namibia Soil Properties and pH
Premiere on Thurs 15 Oct 2020, 10:00)
pH is the measurement of acidity or alkalinity. It is an important indicator of soil health and affects the types of plants that grow in the soil, the availability of nutrients and the activity of micro-organisms.  In warm areas with high rainfall, soil tends to be acidic due to leaching and in dry environments, the soil pH may be neutral or alkaline. There are three common types of soil – sand, silt and clay. Join us as we investigate the properties of soil.

UN SDG Banner ©UN Films - science film week 2020

The films of this project’s subcomponent, Science Film Week, were sourced from the Goethe-Institut’s Science Film Festival – an initiative that through short films promotes science education and aims to raise awareness of topics including sustainability, climate change and environmental issues. Click here for more information on the Goethe-Institut Science Film Festival.

The screening of films for Namibia will be open to the public at the Namibian Scientific Society in Windhoek and the Swakopmund Museum (Scientific Society Swakopmund). Click here for the schedule.

Poetry Competition

Namibia is invited to participate in the Science Week 2020 Poetry Competition and stand a chance to win an ABC Stationers voucher to the value of NAD250.
How to enter:

Write a poem about any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  The poems can be in any form: rhymed, free verse, epics etc Authors of the 5 (five) best poems will be awarded a prize after the ruling of an independent jury that examines the following:
  • Word count (minimum 50 words)
  • Creativity
  • Rhythm
  • Rhyme
  • Presentation of the poem
Complete the form below and submit your poem (maximum 2 per person) with "science" as the subject to before 30. October 2020, 12h00. 
Winners will be announced on our social media platforms before 20th November 2020.

Learn more about the SDG’s here​ 

UN SDG Poster ©UN


14 October 2020 19h00
Local Innovations for Sustainable Development

Namibia in 2004 created Vision 2030 as an outline and set of goals for the government and the country’s development plans. Namibia plans to become a place of peace and prosperity. This ambition is built on the foundation of a healthy natural environment that supports systems such as improved health services, quality education, rewarding jobs and reduced inequalities.

Local innovators and developers will present their ideas and how their innovations are a contribution towards Namibia achieving the goals of Vision 2030.

Kombada Mhopenjeni from Namibia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy will moderate the discussion with the followings creators:
  1. AwehDoctor created a Smart phone application that logs and stores data relevant to tracing COVID-19 contact.
  2. Kaveto Tjatjara founded Flushh and created sanitation facilities that do not require water.
  3. Ndaudika Mulundileni and Andreas Leonard cofounded MindsInAction that promotes integrative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning at school level.

The discussion will be streamed live on Facebook.

Seats are limited. Kindly RSVP a seat by sending your name and number to with “science” as the subject by 13th October 2020, 12h00.

This year’s partners include: UN Environment Programme, Namibia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Namibian Scientific Society (NSS) and the Scientific Society Swakopmund.