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.
The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) and the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), which are National Research Facilities managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF), signed a three-year Memorandum of Agreement to implement the Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for the SKA project in South Africa.
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.
NRF Facilities play an important role in the multi-messenger astronomy event; the start of a new field of astrophysics
Astronomical facilities of the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) contributed to the study of what is fast becoming one of the most widely studied events in the history of astrophysics; a direct detection of gravitational waves – ripples in space and time – in addition to light from spectacular collision of two neutron stars.