The NRF's Knowledge Advancement and Support (KAS) Directorate, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), made a Ministerial visit to Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran on 11-12 November 2017. The South African delegation was led by H.E. Minister Naledi Pandor who met with different Iranian Ministers including H.E. Prof Mansour Gholami, Minister of Science, Research and Technology, Vice President for Science and Technology, Minister of Health and Medical Education, and Minister of Energy.
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 Third South Africa-Japan University Forum (SAJU) was held during 15 and 16 July 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. The Forum, established in 2007, provides a dedicated and strategic platform for research and development engagement between higher education institutions in the two countries.
The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mr Yukiya Amano (front row 5th from the right in the picture) visited South Africa to attend the IRPA (International Radiation Protection Association) Conference in Cape Town. At the special invitation by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Mr Amano had the opportunity to undertake a tour of iThemba LABS facilities on 09 May 2016. During the visit, Mr Amano was treated to a warm reception by the newly appointed Director of iThemba Dr Faiҫal Azaiez (second from the right).
The Minister of Science and Technology, the Honourable Naledi Pandor, officially launched the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC) on 22 May 2016 at an event hosted by the University of the Western Cape.
South Africa and the United Kingdom have established the first three bilateral research chairs to strengthen research and innovation capacity between the two countries.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, and the British High Commissioner to South Africa, Dame Judith Macgregor, launched the research chairs in Cape Town today.
The NRF and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) led a delegation to Oman to participate in the Agri-biotech and Water Researchers’ Conference and Workshop from 23 to 25 February 2016. Eight South African researchers and experts participated in this innovative event held at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Muscat.
Black women in the United States of America and South Africa remain on the fringes of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Continued exclusion from these fields will affect innovation and undermine development, said Dr Beverley Damonse, Acting CEO of the National Research Foundation (NRF).
According to Dr Damonse, STEM is crucial in providing solutions and improving efficiencies across emerging and developing economies, and women have a significant contribution to make in this regard.