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.

This ScienceScope edition features reflections by a former CEO on aspects of the organisation’s history since its establishment in 1945 and its significant re-orientation during the last 20 years.

Using its multidisciplinary skills, the CSIR cooperates with the private and public sectors to foster scientific and industrial development. This ScienceScope edition features partnerships in areas such as energy, health, industry, the natural and built environments, and defence and security.

Over the years, the CSIR’s research and development have resulted in many successful innovations and interventions in response to national priorities. This ScienceScope features work based on innovative ideas that can be practically applied to better the lives of South Africans.

The CSIR relies on its most important asset – its people – to successfully meet its mandate to improve the quality of life of all South Africans. This ScienceScope features the CSIR’s experts who apply their specialist knowledge in scientific and technological research and development.

One of the underlying cornerstones of the CSIR’s ability to be innovative and globally competitive in science and technology, is its state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment.

The CSIR is determined to ensure that its work has quantifiable economic, environmental and social benefits, therefore that its innovations are taken up by society.

Manufacturing plays a vital role in our economy as a significant contributor to Gross Domestic Product. To support global competitiveness, the CSIR contributes research and development to master advanced manufacturing approaches, some of which are featured in this edition of the ScienceScope.

In this ScienceScope, we focus on science and technology that contribute to a better understanding of our changing planet. The CSIR’s work in this area comprises atmospheric modelling, oceanic and terrestrial measurements and observing our climate from outer space.

The CSIR supports an information society in which everyone can benefit from better access to information.