Side events

Side events 2016-10-20T12:12:31+00:00

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5-7 December 2016
CSIR International Convention Centre (Ruby Room), Pretoria, South Africa’ tags=”]

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How can we strengthen and improve the dialogue between science and business in Africa? This is the central question which will be covered in the “Science-Business-Dialogue” Conference from 5-7 December in Pretoria, South Africa. As a collaboration event, this conference will take place immediately before the Science Forum South Africa, to enable participation in both events.

The conference organisers are the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. They are driven by the conviction that a strengthened Science-Business-Dialogue in SADC could make a considerable contribution to developing quality scientific solutions that can shape and improve the daily lives of all people in the region.

Southern Africa boasts many excellent science research centres and has an outstanding entrepreneurial community. Nevertheless, science and the private sector often sit alongside each other and there are few connections of strategic collaborations. Therefore the conference aim is to bring together the different stakeholders from universities, research centres, the private sector and relevant policy bodies. A broad range of excellent experts are invited to give deeper insights into the following topics: early stakeholder involvement, intellectual property rights, innovative funding options and relevant business initiatives. In order to gain a better practical understanding of a successful Science-Business-Dialogue, workshop sessions will form an integral part of the conference, where case studies of already implemented successful initiatives from all over Africa will be discussed.

The Science-Business-Dialogue Conference is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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[av_toggle title=’Global Change Conference
5-8 December 2016
University of KwaZulu-Natal, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa’ tags=”]
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The Global Change conferences are biennial national platforms for global change communities (researchers, business and civil society organisations, policy makers and scholars) to engage on topical issues and share experiences and possible solutions to challenges facing the country and sub-Saharan region. The conferences are organized by the DST in partnerships with the NRF (which manages the implementation of the GC Research Plan and various associated programmes and initiatives), and the Department of Environmental Affairs, and are hosted by different institutions, mainly universities, on a rotational basis. The upcoming conference is the third in the series of these biennial events and is hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban on 5-8 December 2016. The conference is split into oral presentations, poster sessions (exclusively for post-graduate students), and side events.
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[av_toggle title=’Launch of the MISTRA publication – Emergence of Systems of Innovation in South(ern) Africa: Long histories and Contemporary Debates
6 December 2016
CSIR ICC, Pretoria, South Africa’ tags=”]

09:00 – 13:00

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The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) takes pleasure in inviting you to the launch of its report titled: The Emergence of Systems of Innovation in South(ern) Africa: Long Histories and Contemporary Debates. The MISTRA publication is edited by Professor Mario Scerri, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI) and Professor of Economics at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). The launch will be part of the side events programme for the 2016 National Science Forum.

The question addressed in this study is the existence, nature and the evolution of systems of innovation in science and technology-based economies in Southern Africa. The study critically re-evaluates industrial, technological and innovation processes as well as the complexities which arise because of the interdependencies and embedded nature of these sectors within the economy.

The book is organised in two sections, the first discussing the chronological history of innovation while the second addresses several critical aspects of the post-apartheid national system of innovation. The chapters are transdisciplinary in nature ranging from, ‘Mining and metallurgical innovations in pre-colonial Southern Africa’ by Professor Shadreck Chirikure from the Archaeology Department at the University of Cape Town, to ‘The Co-Evolution of the South African National System of Innovation (1948-2014)’ by Professor Rasigan Maharajh of the  Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University and ‘The Human Factor in the Evolution of the South African System of Innovation,’ that is co-authored by Dr Lebs Mphahlele, Director at the National School of Government and Professor Mario Scerri.

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[av_toggle title=’Workshop: Next Industrial Revolution
6 December 2016
CSIR International Convention Centre (Emerald Room), Pretoria, South Africa’ tags=”]

08:00 for 08:30 – 16:00

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By invitation only

You have heard of the first industrial revolution, benefited from the second (mass production) and witnessed the third (automation). Business as we know it has launched into the fourth revolution and it is growing at an exponential rate; and you do not want to let this revolution pass you by!

The fourth industrial revolution, often referred to as Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation integration and digital technologies, often within manufacturing industries. It includes the Internet of Things and cloud computing. The emergence of “smart factories” is a fast growing trend within Industry 4.0.

Join the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the CSIR as we dive into the Next Industrial Revolution with various guest speakers on a two day workshop that seeks to drive and share Industry 4.0 trends, opportunities and tips that will help position local business for exponential growth.

Join the Next Industrial Revolution!

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[av_toggle title=’African Open Science Platform: Coordination Through the Creation of Open Science Fora
7 December 2016
CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa’ tags=”]

09:00-17:00

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The Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World presents an inclusive vision of the need for and the benefits of Open Data for science internationally, and in particular for Lower and Middle Income Countries.  This side event will assess the progress achieved around the Accord and present for discussion an African Open Science Platform initiative, supported by the South African Department of Science and Technology, directed by CODATA and implemented by ASSAf.

The development of an open science and innovation platform depends not only on the physical infrastructure for acquiring, curating and disseminating data and information, but also on protocols, policies and procedures in the science system that provide the structure and support to ensure that science objectives are achieved. An open science platform is conceived as an integrated set of arrangements that provides an policy, capacity-building and infrastructural framework for enhanced accessibility and impact.  Above all, the initiative focuses on the creation of Open Science fora through which policies and coordination can be discussed and established.

Several open science activities are underway across Africa, but a great deal would be gained if, in the context of developing inter-regional links, these activities were to be coordinated and developed through such a coordinating initiative. Outcomes of the side event will include input on the approach and opportunities to connect regional partners with the African Open Science Platform Initiative.

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[av_toggle title=’Meeting: Advisory Committee of the SARIMA Professionalisation Project
7 December 2016
Department of Science and Technology (Bunga Auditorium), Pretoria, South Africa’ tags=”]

10:00-13:00

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Closed event

The Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) commenced with a project on the professionalisation of research management in Southern Africa in 2015 with financial support from the South African Department of Science and Technology, and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) at the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The project has been designed to have two phases of implementation.

The first phase will deliver a Professional Competency Framework (PCF), outlining key competency areas and related competency requirements for current and future of the southern African research management environment.

The second phase of the project will focus on the implementation of professionalisation routes for professional recognition of research managers.

A Project Advisory Committee with representation from key stakeholders, including government, funding agencies, private sector and public research institutions, was established to advise on the implementation of the first phase of the project.

At the Project Advisory Committee meeting on 7 December 2016, SARIMA will present the final project report and the PCF to the Project Advisory Committee for discussion, finalisation and endorsement.

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[av_toggle title=’Meeting: Trilateral cooperation in STI between France, South Africa and third trilateral African Francophone Countries: opportunities and challenges
7 December 2016
The Innovation Hub, Pretoria, South Africa’ tags=”]

08:30-17:00

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The 4th bilateral Committee France-South Africa on Science, Technology and Innovation cooperation highlighted the willingness of the parties to develop a new form of cooperation involving a Francophone African Countries. During this meeting, 3 countries were selected according to the wish expressed by the parties: Algeria, Madagascar and Senegal. Following this meeting, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) raised the idea of organising a side event on this trilateral cooperation aside the Science Forum South Africa on the 7th of December.

The purpose of this workshop is to jointly identify thematic areas and tools on which such a trilateral cooperation can be developed. This trilateral cooperation may take place in a new area of cooperation for the 3 countries or it can be based on a current bilateral cooperation between 2 of these countries.
The title of this workshop is: “Trilateral cooperation in STI between France, South Africa and third trilateral African Francophone Countries: opportunities and challenges”. It highlights and summarizes the general ideas of this workshop: discuss current trilateral cooperation experiences and identified how to implement such cooperation between France-South Africa and a third francophone African country.

On the 6th of December, the opening of this workshop will take place at the French Residence with opening speeches and cocktails and on the 7th of December, the session and discussion will take place at the Innovation Hub.

To conclude this workshop, a brainstorming session and conclusion will be presented at the end of day.

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[av_toggle title=’Workshop: Establishing Joint Collaborative Programmes that can further enhance South Africa-EU Cooperation in Research and Innovation for enhanced impact
7 December 2016
Pretoria, South Africa’ tags=”]

18:00-21:00

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Closed event

The ESASTAP 2020 program partners would like to convene a workshop with all EU MS and AC to explore possible Joint Collaborative Programmes that can further enhance South Africa-EU Cooperation in Research and Innovation. The workshop is aligned to ESASTAP 2020 programme’s main objective which seeks to ensure coordination of EU MS and AC’s research and innovation policies and programmes with South Africa in order to maximise synergy for bigger impact and value add. To reach this goal, ESASTAP partners have undertaken studies analysing and monitoring the current status of the SA-EU bilateral programmes led by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). The workshop will be opportune to meet, share information, and discuss the future SA-EU S&T cooperation programmes on the side-lines of the Science Forum.

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[av_toggle title=’Discussion – UK: Global Science and Innovation Leadership Now and Post-Brexit
7 December 2016
CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa’ tags=”]

16:00-17:00

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Robin Grimes, will be giving a presentation followed by Q&As on the UK’s leading role in global research and the value it places on international collaboration. This discussion is aimed at the Science and Innovation community, including academia, the private sector and government.

Prof Grimes will be providing an overview highlighting the value the UK places on both research and international collaboration, and what this means in a post-Brexit world. This will be followed by a Q&A session.

Come along and hear how British government policy backs science and what this means for international collaboration in the future, specifically looking at South(ern) Africa – UK relations.

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[av_toggle title=’Gender Equality in Research Seminar: a South Africa – Sweden Cooperation
7 December 2016
Embassy of Sweden, Pretoria, South Africa’ tags=”]

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Closed to the public / by invitation only

Both South Africa and Sweden realise that there remains significant challenges in ensuring that women researchers are able to have fulfilling research careers with increasing levels of responsibility, eventually taking up leadership and decision-making positions. They also recognise the increasing importance of conversations and actions in relation to the gender dimension of research so that the findings, conclusions, products, services, technologies and innovations take into consideration the needs, abilities and concerns of both men and women. These should be rooted in an enabling policy environment. As such, the focus of the seminar is mutual learning on methods of strengthening gender equality in research. The three main pillars are: gender in science and research policy; gender and participation in STI and research; and the gender dimension in research.

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[av_toggle title=’South African Japan Universities Forum (SAJU) Re-Launch at the SFSA 2016
7 December 2016
CSIR ICC, Pretoria, South Africa’ tags=”]

15:00 – 16:45

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The Department of Science and Technology has the pleasure of inviting all interested parties to a special pre-event to the Science Forum South Africa 2016, which will present new flagship international partnership initiatives to develop South Africa’s human capital development for science, technology and innovation. The event will take place on Wednesday afternoon 7 December 2016 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, venue of the Forum from 15:00 to 16:45.

The event will see a presentation of the plans for the launch in 2017 of the “Global Knowledge Partnerships” platform, which will seek to enhance the coordination and implementation of researcher training and mobility programmes, the Department and the National Research Foundation implement. In order to illustrate the multiple partnership opportunities available, a second presentation will provide an overview of the recently launched STORM project, funded by the European Union, to strengthen collaboration, leadership and professionalisation in research management in Southern Africa and European higher education institutions.

The programme will conclude with an announcement of the re-launch in 2017 of the South Africa Japan Universities Forum, a platform which will promote intensified research and academic cooperation between South African and Japanese universities. International cooperation and human capital development will be in the spotlight in a number of sessions at the Science Forum South Africa and we are confident that the pre-event will be a fitting precursor for the conversations, which will be ignited at the SFSA.

Kindly RSVP to Ms Kediemetse Mnisi, at Kediemetse.Mnisi@dst.gov.za or on +27 (0)12 843 6818.

Thank you for your interest and support. We look forward to see you at Science Forum South Africa 2016.

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