Inkaba is a Xhosa word that encapsulates a sense of total interconnectivity. Literally it means navel, the central point from which all energy, material and knowledge emerges and is recycled. Uniting this with yeAfrika adds the regional perspective to what is a major initiative of the German and South African Earth science communities.
The rating of individuals is based primarily on the quality and impact of their research outputs over the past eight years, taking into consideration the evaluation made by local and international peers.
The NRF rating system is a key driver in the NRF’s aim to build a globally competitive science system in South Africa. It is a valuable tool for benchmarking the quality of our researchers against the best in the world. NRF ratings are allocated based on a researcher’s recent research outputs and impact as perceived by international peer reviewers. The rating system encourages researchers to publish high quality outputs in high impact journals/outlets. Rated researchers as supervisors will impart cutting-edge skills to the next generation of researchers.
ACEP is a flagship programme of the DST and NRF, initiated to provide infrastructure and associated funding support for ecosystem research centred on coelacanths. The initiative was triggered by the discovery of this rare species off Sodwana Bay, South Africa but the scope has since extended beyond coelacanths
The Global Change Research Programme is structured around four interrelated knowledge challenges namely: (i) Understanding a changing planet; (ii) Reducing the human footprint; (iii) Adapting the way we live; and (iv) Innovation for sustainability. The overall Global Change Research Programme is made up of a number of related research programmes.