The Board of the National Research Foundation (NRF) has appointed Dr Beverley Damonse as acting CEO with effect from 01 February 2015. Dr Damonse will lead the organisation as it continues with the development and implementation of its new strategic plan. The appointment follows the departure of Dr Albert van Jaarsveld who has taken up an appointment as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Sutherland will be abuzz with excitement and celebration on February 4-5 as SAAO hands over the 0.5 and 0.75 metre telescopes to their proud new owners, the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and the University of Free State (UFS), Boyden Observatory, respectively chosen by the SAAO as having provided the best motivations for why the telescopes should be donated to them.
Statement on Open Access to Research Publications from the National Research Foundation (NRF)-Funded Research
The National Research Foundation (NRF) was established through the National Research Foundation Act (Act No.23 of 1998). As an independent statutory agency, the organisation promotes and supports research in South Africa largely through the country’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), National Research Facilities and Science Councils with a view to generating knowledge and promoting high-level research capacity within the National System of Innovation (NSI).
The African Doctoral Academy (ADA) hosted 25 doctoral students for a week-long seminar on research-policy-practice during the first week of January 2015. These young scholars, representing 20 nationalities, are part of the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Programme (SA-YSSP) – an initiative of the NRF, DST and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) (http://www.iiasa.ac.at/).