The National Research Foundation regrets to announce the passing of Gerhard von Gruenewaldt, a former vice-president of the organisation and one of its driving forces in its progress since its establishment.
The Labour Market Intelligence Partnership has released its latest report entitled Skills Supply & Demand in South Africa.
The NRF and the DST, together with the Swiss Leading House (University of Basel), and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) co-organised a series of strategic engagements in Basel from 21-23 October in support of the Swiss-SA cooperation framework. Alumni and networking events, as well as the Midterm Review Workshop, brought together twenty five projects funded under the 2014 – 2016 Swiss-South Africa Joint Research Programme (SSAJRP).
The International Relations and Cooperation (IRC) directorate has partnered with the Grants Management and Systems Administration (GMSA) directorate of the National Research Foundation (NRF) in hosting a cocktail function on 01 October 2015 during the GMSA’s Research Administrators’ Workshop which took place from 30 September to 02 October 2015 at Summerstrand Hotel, Port Elizabeth.
On 23 July 2015, the NRF hosted a Public Lecture by Dr Jane Lubchenco, Distinguished Professor of Marine Biology at Oregon State University and U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean. Entitled "US Experience in Managing Ocean Resources", the lecture was organised by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). Dr Lubchenco is a world renowned environmental scientist with experience in the areas of science, academia, government, and conservation. She is a champion of science and of the stronger engagement of scientists in key issues of our time.
The NRF's International Relations and Cooperation (IRC) business unit hosted a delegation from Iran 29 July 2015. The purpose of the visit by the group, which consisted of representatives of the Iranian Ministry of Science, Reseach and Technology (MSRT), the National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (NIGEB) and the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, was to discuss joint research collaboration between the two countries as well as the Researchers’ Workshop on Biotechnology which is to be held in Tehran, Iran in November.
The NRF, together with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC); Department of Science and Technology (DST); and other partners, held the 5th African Unity for Renaissance Conference and Africa Day celebrations from 22 to 25 May 2015, hosted by the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
The National Research Foundation Acting CEO, Dr Beverley Damonse, hosted the Japanese delegation led by the founder and chairman of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum, former Japanese Minister of Science and Technology Policy and former Minister of Finance, Koji Omi, on 27 March 2015 at the NRF offices.