Charting the future of science, technology and innovation (STI), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) jointly hosted a workshop on the Decadal Plan from 22 to 23 November 2021. This workshop, which took place at the CSIR’s Knowledge Commons, with key CSIR and DSI drivers, largely focussed on STI priority areas in support of the societal grand challenges.
The Decadal Plan covers the period 2022–2031 and is the implementation plan for South Africa’s new White Paper on STI, approved by Cabinet in 2019.
The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) will host this year's Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) at its traditional home, with a number of exciting in-person sessions set to take place at the CSIR International Convention Centre (ICC) in Pretoria.
Proposals for grant funding are hereby invited for the following three separate and independent elements within the RISP:
A. Regional Innovation Networking platforms
B. Feasibility study or business plan
C. Innovation Baseline Studies
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This year saw the integration of two key South African partners in the 4IR space namely, Robotics and Mechatronics (RobMech) and the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa (PRASA). The conference was attended by experts in the fields of additive manufacturing, electrical engineering, pattern recognition, robotics, and mechatronics.
With the modernisation of South African mining taking shape, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI); and the Minerals Council South Africa – through the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP), established the MMP - Organised Labour Consultative Forum. The forum was formally established at a Terms of Reference signing ceremony yesterday, 26 October 2021, at the CSIR International Convention Centre (ICC) in Pretoria.
This EoI call is targeted at companies, including SMMEs entering the biocatalysis sector, to grow and expand biomanufacturing capacity. This initiative is aligned with the National Bio-economy Strategy of the DSI which aims to drive economic growth and socio-economic development in South Africa.
Closing date for applications: Wednesday, 17 November 2021
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