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Africa’s leading research facility for accelerator based science. Probing fundamental structure and the origins of matter; Advancing the understanding of condensed matter; Impacting the Societal need through provision for the health and environmental sector
The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences is the continents' biggest facility for particle and nuclear research.
The SAAO is a national facility of the NRF and the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa.
SAEON is a national platform for detecting, translating and predicting environmental change.
SAIAB provides unique skills and infrastructure support in marine, estuarine and freshwater ecosystems research, molecular research, collections and bioinformatics.
SARAO is a national facility of the NRF and incorporates radio astronomy instruments and programmes such as MeerKAT and KAT-7 telescopes in the Karoo, (HartRAO) in Gauteng...
South Africa’s innovation revolution must assist in solving our society’s deep and pressing socio-economic challenges. Global competitiveness, shrinking resource availability, and the requirements of a skilled labour force mean that, increasingly, an awareness and understanding of why science and research are critical to our lives is essential for developing an innovation culture.
Within the next five years, the aim is to begin to more fully embed engagement in and with science in the core NRF missions of supporting and promoting new knowledge and growing new knowledge workers. This is led by the formulation of an acceptable NRF position on engaged research which will guide the NRF approach…
NRF | SAASTA is the NRF business division tasked with leading and coordinating the science engagement programme across the NRF and beyond. The NRF is equally committed to ensuring that the science engagement leadership and national coordination role…
The NRF provides leading-edge research infrastructure platforms that ensure that the national research enterprise has the requisite infrastructure to undertake globally competitive discovery science, train the next generation of researchers, support engagement with science by and with the public and promote innovation that positively impacts society, the environment, the economy.
The annual NRF Awards recognize and celebrate South African research excellence. The awards presented to researchers are in two categories, the ratings linked awards and special recognition awards.
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The National Research Foundation (NRF) is guided by its Supply Chain Management Policy in its procurement of goods and services. The Policy sets out the prescripts issued by National Treasury with the exact note referenced in the footnotes. The Supply Chain Management policy adheres to the National Treasury’s prescribed supply chain system framework.
The NRF’s Supply Chain Management Policy and the conduct of supply chain management at the NRF seeks to give effect to section 217 of the South African Constitution which requires that all procurement of goods and services must be done in a manner that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective.
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The South African Consortium of Air Quality Monitoring (SACAQM) today announces that Nordic Semiconductor—a specialist in ultra-low power wireless technology that powers the IoT—is throwing its support behind the consortium with the provision of development kits, samples and technical expertise.
SACAQM is an international consortium that was founded with the goal of bringing together government institutions, research institutions, and the private sector into a mutually beneficial ecosystem in order to deliver an industry-disrupting AI-powered IoT air quality monitoring and prediction system.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), each year 3.2 million people die prematurely from illnesses attributable to household air pollution. Among these, 32 percent are from ischaemic heart disease, 23 percent are from stroke and 21 percent are due to lower respiratory infection. Poor air quality is also responsible for chronic disease.
Due to the high cost and complexity associated with the deployment of a traditional air quality monitoring systems, countries are forced to allocate their limited resources to monitor certain ‘priority’ sites which necessitates the omission of others. This problem is one faced by many countries such as with the South African Air Quality Information System (SAAQIS) and Swiss National Air Pollution Monitoring Network (NABEL).
SACAQM’s AI-powered IoT system is envisioned to address shortcomings in currently available commercial systems allowing for the global proliferation of affordable air quality monitoring systems. Enabled by low cost IoT end nodes, the addition of thousands of additional sensors provides the necessary data for the inclusion of AI that allows for real time analytics and ability to predict future air quality.
Nordic Semiconductor has brought its industry-leading expertise and support to the initiative with its ultra-low-power wireless IoT product range that includes Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE), cellular IoT and Wi-Fi. This enables the development of air quality sensor nodes that can communicate using any or all of the world’s three most popular wireless IoT technologies.
“Technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and IoT, provide the ability to make decisions and predictions around public health preparedness and risk management,” says Professor Mellado from Wits University and iThemba LABS. “This project is a good example of spin-off activities from fundamental research performed at the European Laboratory CERN.” Professor Mellado is the Co-President of the Africa-Canada Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Consortium (ACADIC), which is funded by the Canadian IDRC, the Swedish SIDA and other sources.
“Nordic Semiconductor is delighted to add its support and technical expertise to this SAAQI initiative,” says Magnus Pedersen, VP of Sales EMEA, Nordic Semiconductor. “As a company we fully recognize the continuous need to consider our impact on the environment and on the communities in which we work. We hope the supply of Nordic development kits and technical expertise will help the overall goal of tackling air pollution.”
ACADIC is excited that Nordic Semiconductor backing SACAQM, which ACADIC is part of. This timely collaboration will allow our researchers to access the practical skills, perspectives and sensitivity that only a company like Nordic Semiconductor can provide, enhancing clinical public health outcomes and creating positive change in local communities” says Prof. Jude Kong, the Director of ACADIC. “This will enable us to strengthen equitable and responsive health systems that leverage Southern-led responsible AI solutions to improve prevention, preparedness, and response to respiratory infectious disease outbreaks”
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Young People and Relational Wellbeing in 12 Countries in the Global South
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