Effective research and innovation partnerships with both academic and non-academic partners; and across borders are an increasingly strategic component in the internationalisation agenda of nations and regions. The implementation of African Union’s Agenda 2063, and its Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Strategy (STISA 2024) will be further enhanced through strategic partnerships and collaborations within and beyond the region.
The NRF in collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) hosted the 20-year Celebration of their partnership, including collaboration on a joint In-Country Postgraduate Scholarship Programme. The event was held on 1 November 2017 at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and highlighted successes of the partnership since its inception.
Prof Samuel Agbola, Chairperson of the Regional Committee for Africa; Mrs Sibongile Mabasa, Deputy-Representative of the SA Liaison Office to Taipei; Dr Saths Cooper, Executive Board of the ISSC; Mr Seraki Matsebe, Representative of the Liaison Office of SA to Taipei; Dr Molapo Qhobela, Chief Executive Officer of the NRF; Mrs Matsebe; Prof Daya Reddy, Executive Board of ICSU; Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Executive Board of ICSU
The NRF is the member organisation to both the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social sciences Council (ISSC). Two respective General Assemblies are currently convened in Taipei regarding the future relationship between ICSU and the ISSC, following the recommendation of its Executive Boards to merge the two organisations.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are hosting the first global conference on Transformative Innovation Policy in Pretoria during 20-21 September 2017. The conference, hosted on behalf of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) has attracted 120 participants from 20 countries (including 6 countries from the continent).
The NRF and DST congratulate Dr Carina Schlebusch who has just been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. Dr Schlebusch is the third ERC award holder from South Africa, following another Starting Grant award to Dr Lindsay Bremner, Director of Architectural Research at the University of Westminster, UK in 2015.
Dr Aldo Stroebel, Executive Director Strategic Partnerships at the NRF, is South Africa’s National Contact Point (NCP) for the ERC, appointed by the Department of Science and Technology.
The second iteration of the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre’s (SASAC) Emerging Researchers Programme was launched on Sunday, 20 August 2017. The three-week, high level engagement drew 27 participants on a competitive basis from 6 countries, and focusses on advanced methodology, research skills and writing opportunity within a systems analysis framework.