In celebration of Women’s Day on 9 August 2021, this edition of ScienceScope focuses on CSIR women.

This edition highlights some key issues that will be of significance as the country starts to implement its fourth industrial revolution strategy. It also covers articles about CSIR people, research and development and infrastructure developments.

The mandate of the CSIR ties us to work that truly matters. We are about supporting industrial development and competitiveness in the country, as well as the creation of a capable state. Simply put, we touch people’s lives through innovation.

In this edition of ScienceScope, we share four case studies in which the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative has helped industry to improve its competitiveness.

Read about some of the impactful research and development undertaken at the CSIR.

Stories about the achievements of our people, our research and technological breakthroughs, partnerships, as well as the licensing of our technologies.

The CSIR is acutely aware of the important role of infrastructure in innovation. This edition of ScienceScope focuses on CSIR facilities and large-scale equipment and how this infrastructure can contribute to industry competitiveness.

The CSIR has taken a strategic decision to reposition its innovation portfolio to make a direct contribution to industrial development.

The CSIR is committed to supporting small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). In this edition of ScienceScope, the different aspects of the CSIR's support to SMMEs are outlined.

The CSIR's strength lies in the quality of scientists, researchers and support staff it attracts, the opportunities it creates for career development, its commitment to excellence and working together to create a better future through science.