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The NRF receives its mandate from the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998, as amended). According to Section 3 of the Act, the object of the NRF is to contribute to national development by:
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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.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) conducts its procurement of goods, services, and works in accordance with its Supply Chain Management Policy in a manner that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive, and cost-effective
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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Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 March 2023— The third annual conference of the African Astronomical Society (AfAS) will take place as a hybrid event from 13 to 17 March 2023 at the University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Astrophysics, Johannesburg. The conference talks will cover science, outreach, communication, development and education activities originating from astronomy in Africa. The purpose of the gathering is to enhance further collaborations among African countries as well as the rest of the world. The conference is organised by AfAS in partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), the University of the Witwatersrand, the African Science Stars Awareness Publication (ASSAP), the African Planetarium Association (APA), and the African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP). The conference will be opened by the University of the Witwatersrand Vice-Chancellor Zeblon Vilakazi.
Some of the topics that are very important to AfAS are looking at “the status of astronomy infrastructure and AfAS-led flagship projects. Since Africa has a huge astronomy footprint, it is vital to use astronomy for development to create opportunities and initiatives to attract and retain youth together with women in astronomy while also strengthening existing activities in the field” said Prof Thebe Medupe, president of AfAS. The conference will bring together over 300 participants, with some 100 participants attending in person at the University of the Witwatersrand Origins Centre in Johannesburg, and the remainder will be attending virtually. Even though our Society comprises mostly African members, the registrations reveal that attendees will also be from other countries outside the continent. Each year, the annual conference attracts representatives from government, policymakers, inter-governmental, and other international partners from across the continent and the diaspora who enrich our discussions.
The conference will have numerous special sessions, including a session organised by the African Network for Women in Astronomy (AfNWA), one of the AfAS committees that has recently announced the newly named “Prof. Carolina Ödman Early Career Award” awarded to Dr. Al-Shaimaa Hassanin. The National Organising Committee of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly will also have a session, focusing on flagship projects for the development of astronomy in Africa aligned with the goals of the IAU-GA2024 and beyond.
The last day of the AfAS-2023 conference is dedicated to the astronomy in Africa business meeting, which will allow the AfAS Executive Committee and its sub-committees, together with its partners (ASSAP & AERAP), to report on activities over the last three years and the planned activities for the coming three years. In addition, DARA Big Data, in conjunction with AfAS and partners of the Hack4dev project, are organising a three-day Data Science hackathon event at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct. The hackathon event follows the conference and will take place from 18 to 20 March 2023; it targets undergraduate and postgraduate students and young professionals residing from across Africa to develop skills in data science and machine learning and focus on how they can use the skills to contribute to addressing the challenges faced by Africa. The conference will also feature a mobile planetarium playing Sida Tsoatsoas (Our Beginning), the first African-produced digital planetarium film to feature Indigenous African Starlore, as well as a Wits Centenary film commissioned for the ground-breaking event of the Wits Anglo-American Digital Dome.
Registration for the conference is free and open to astronomers from Africa and the rest of the world; several keynote speakers who are internationally recognised have been invited, as well as the Ministry of Science and Innovation in South Africa.
More information is available at https://afas2023.sched.com/ .
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