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Invite: Sustainable development and the chemical elements, 16 May 2019   #IYPT2019

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 18:18

 

Sustainable development and the chemical elements

Chemical elements from the perspective of the Sustainable Development Goals
16 May 2019, Midrand, Gauteng    #IYPT2019
 

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is hosting a national NSTF Discussion Forum on 'Sustainable development and the chemical elements'. This is aligned to the United Nations' (UN) 2019 ‘International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements 2019’ (IYPT2019).

This event is part of a series on IYPT2019. Two NSTF Discussion Forums held on 18-19 March 2019 on 'Rare elements for new technologies' and 'Managing elements for nutrition and safety'.
 

This event is held in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Dow Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd (material science company).

 
   

 

Be part of the conversation.

Click here to register.

 

The United Nations' (UN) proclaimed 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. The UN recognises the importance of raising global awareness around chemistry. This includes chemistry’s role in solving global challenges within the energy, agriculture, health and other critical sectors.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are of critical importance to developing countries, to Africa as a whole, and to Southern Africa. Statistics SA monitors our progress in terms of the SDGs as a country, and the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) reports on such progress, and ensures that planning is done to meet the SDGs. 
 
Event objective: The NSTF Discussion Forums  will focus on specific topics related to chemistry and the periodic table. This event will view chemical elements from the perspective of the UN SDGs.
 
The aim is to discuss the following questions:

·         What are the issues related to minerals in energy, water, food, education and economic sustainability?

·         What does this tell us about minerals that have to be mined or imported?

·         What does it tell us about nutrition and public awareness around healthy eating?

·         How can science teachers relate the elements in the periodic table to their applications and importance?

·         What opportunities are there for growing particular industries?

Envisaged outcomes: To collate feedback from all three NSTF Discussion Forums, and send recommendations to the relevant government departments, policy makers and research institutions.
 
Outputs: As is usual for NSTF Discussion Forums, the following outputs will be produced and made available on the NSTF website: proceedings; summary and recommendations; media release; speakers’ PowerPoint presentations; video clips of presentations; photos; concept document, and reading list.
 
Business Report supplement: A supplement on the three NSTF discussion forums is planned for inclusion in the Business Report (inserted in The Star, Cape Times, Pretoria News and The Mercury newspapers).  There are excellent opportunities for communicating information and branding. Contact the NSTF Office at enquiries@nstf.co.za for contact details of the Business Report representatives.  Note that the NSTF does not receive money for this supplement.  The intention is to increase awareness of the issues in the science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation community in South Africa. 

About the NSTF: The NSTF is the stakeholder forum representing the SET and innovation community in South Africa. The membership ranges from research institutions, universities and state entities to business, as well as professional societies (proSET) and civil society. The NSTF engages with policy issues across various government departments and promotes collaboration and critical thinking among the broad range of stakeholders. NSTF Discussion Forums gather stakeholders together, across the public and private sectors, to put forward recommendations to influence government policies.

Delegate registration information
Date: 16 May 2019
Venue: Maxwell Office Park, Business Centre, Magwa Crescent, Waterfall City, Midrand, Gauteng
Parking: inside the basement of the Dow building
Registration: RSVP your attendance online by no later than 13 May 2019. Limited seats available.  RSVP as soon as possible to secure your seat.
Programme: Click here for the draft programme
Time: 08:30 for 09:00 to 16:30
 

This is a FREE event for all employees of

NSTF Member Organisations

(sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology)

 
Please join us for lunch and use the opportunity for further discussion and networking.
 

Registration information***

Non-Member Organisations of the NSTF: Attendance is open for anyone interested which includes attendance, documentation relating to the event, conference stationery, refreshments and lunch.

 
Please note that if you do not RSVP, the NSTF cannot be held responsible for any unforeseen changes or cancellations of programmes. Communications are sent only via e-mail or through notifications on the
NSTF website.

 

 

 


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Invite: Chemical elements for South Africa’s future, 18-19 March 2019

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 10:33

Chemical elements for South Africa’s future

‘Rare elements for new technologies’ & ‘Managing elements for nutrition and safety’
18-19 March 2019, Kempton Park, Gauteng #IYPT_za

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is hosting a national NSTF Discussion Forum on ‘Chemical elements for South Africa’s future’ (#IYPT_za). This is aligned to the United Nation’s 2019 ‘International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements 2019’ (IYPT). The event runs from 18-19 March 2019. Each day is devoted to a topic:

·         Day 1 (18 March 2019) Rare elements for new technologies #elements4tech

·         Day 2 (19 March 2019) Managing elements for nutrition and safety #elements4health

It’s possible to register for each day separately or to register for both days.

 

 

 

Be part of the conversation.

Click here to register. You can register for one day or for both days.


The United Nations (UN) proclaimed 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.The UN recognises the importance of raising global awareness around chemistry. This includes chemistry’s role in solving global challenges within the energy, agriculture, health and other critical sectors.
 
Event objective: This discussion forum will consider issues around the periodic table. However, because of the wealth of possible topics, the NSTF Discussion Forum focuses on two specific topics related to chemistry and the periodic table.
 

Day 1 (18 March 2019)
Rare elements for new technologies

South Africa faces the demise of mining as a sustainable economic sector. This is for various reasons, including the impact on the environment and the advent of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies. Job losses are a critical issue. At the same time, there is a scramble to catch up with 4IR opportunities. South Africa is blessed with substantial mineral resources. The national aim is that there is beneficiation with these resources and not just exporting raw materials to other countries. Creating products and industrialisation are the key to our economic future. Technology hardware contains a variety of metals. It’s anticipated that these metals will become increasingly hard to access.
 
This topic looks at rare earth elements and their use in ICT hardware. Discussions will centre around:

·         What elements might be in demand now and in the future for use in 4IR technologies?

·         Does South Africa have significant deposits of such minerals? Is it feasible to extract these minerals?

·         Understanding legislation and policy around this.

Day 2 (19 March 2019)

Managing elements for nutrition and safety

There are urgent issues that lie at the foundation of creating a better future for South Africa. Prominent among them is food security. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)of the UN, food security is not only about the quantity of food but whether people are getting the required nutrition. Much is known about the essential minerals needed. However, there is also a lot of public confusion.

The topic looks at elements essential for human health (beneficial and harmful amounts), as well as harmful elements. Discussions will centre around:

·         What are the issues related to essential minerals in human nutrition? Where and how do people in South Africa suffer nutritional deficiency? What will remedy these problems?

·         What are the issues related to safety of certain elements?

·         Understanding legislation and policy around this.

Envisaged outcomes: To collate feedback and send recommendations to the relevant government departments, policy makers and research institutions.
 
Outputs: As is usual for NSTF Discussion Forums, the following outputs will be produced and made available on the NSTF website: proceedings; summary and recommendations; media release; speakers’ PowerPoint presentations; video clips of presentations; photos; concept document, and reading list.

About the NSTF: The NSTF is the stakeholder forum representing the SET and innovation community in South Africa. The membership ranges from research institutions, universities and state entities to business, as well as professional societies (proSET) and civil society. The NSTF engages with policy issues across various government departments and promotes collaboration and critical thinking among the broad range of stakeholders. NSTF Discussion Forums gather stakeholders together, across the public and private sectors, to put forward recommendations to influence government policies.
 

Delegate registration information

Date: 18-19 March 2019
Time: 08:30 for 09:00 to 16:30

Venue: Emperors Palace Convention Centre, Lucretia room, 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Gauteng (next to OR Tambo International Airport)
Programme: Day 1 (18 March 2019): Rare elements for new technologies, Day 2 (19 March 2019): Managing elements for nutrition and safety, and Day 1 and Day 2 (18-19 March 2019): Chemical elements for South Africa's future 
Registration for both days: RSVP your attendance online by no later than 14 March 2019. Note there are three registration forms for this purpose – Day 1 / Day 2 / both days.  Please only select one option to register.
 

This is a FREE event for all employees of
NSTF Member Organisations


Please join us for lunch and use the opportunity for further discussion and networking.
 

Registration information***

Non-Member Organisations of the NSTF:

Attendance is open for anyone interested but non-members of the NSTF are charged a R2,000.00 (excluding VAT) registration fee which includes attendance, documentation relating to the event, conference stationery, refreshments and lunch.

***Non-members of the NSTF – Please note, your registration fee for this Discussion Forum contributes directly to the mission of the NSTF as a non-profit company, as a consultative forum and watchdog for influencing the formulation and delivery of SET and innovation public policy in South Africa. Furthermore, the NSTF:

·         Provides information

·         Promotes SET and innovation

·         Hosts platforms for networking and debate on current SET issues

·         Engages with government on SET-related policy

Please note that if you do not RSVP, the NSTF cannot be held responsible for any unforeseen changes or cancellations of programmes. Communications are sent only via e-mail or through notifications on the NSTF website.
 

 

 

Disclaimer

The NSTF has taken all practical measures to ensure that the material contained in this newsletter is correct. The NSTF reserves the right to make changes as it deems necessary.

Privacy

Registration details submitted to the NSTF will be treated confidentially and will only be used by NSTF to communicate with its members and subscribers.

 

For more information

www.nstf.org.za
E-mail: enquiries@nstf.co.za
Tel: 27 12 841 3987
Fax: 27 12 841 3025
Non Profit Company Registration Number: 2007/029165/08
NPO Registration Number: 92042
Donor tax exemption for all donations to the NSTF

 
   
   

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SFSA_2018_Invitation_SDG and Gender Equality Session: 14 Dec 2018: Pretoria

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 3 December 2018 13:03


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INVITATION: Transport Forum SIG: ETC Road Funding Working Group: 6 Dec 2018: Pretoria

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 3 December 2018 11:55


You are invited to join Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) and the Transport Forum at the very first session of the ETC Road Funding Working Group. This is the first of four planned sessions where we will be discussing the future of roads in Gauteng and South Africa. Earn 1 CPD point. See attachment for more information and to register. 

 


 


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Last updated Monday, 3 December 2018 09:55

Road to Registration: Public Courses for 2019

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 3 December 2018 09:59

Please find attached the schedule for various Road to Registration Courses (Public courses) during 2019. Please contact Lizelle du Preez from Candidate Academy at lizelle@ally.co.za for more information and to register. Please notify Lynette at the SAIIE office if you have registered for one of the public Road to Registration Courses. SAIIE will assist SAIIE members with securing a mentor as well as the Discipline Specific Training Guidelines upon request. 


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INVITATION: Transport Forum's month of transport celebrations: 11 October 2018: Johannesburg

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 28 September 2018 18:07

 

The Transport Forum will be hosting the annual Month of Transport Celebrations Event under proud sponsorship of The University of Johannesburg’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (Africa).

DATE:    11 October 2018

THEME: Rail Day

VENUE:   University of Johannesburg
               School of Tourism and Hospitality
               Bunting Road Campus
               Auckland Park

TIMES: 08h00 – 16h30

Over the years, this prestigious annual event has grown from strength to strength and has contributed to the Transport Forum becoming an aggregator for networking and content provision to industry decision makers within the transport sector.

The event will take on a complete networking function and will be transformed into a round-table conference room with more than 20 communication desks strategically placed around the perimeter of the room to optimise engagement and networking. 

The preliminary agenda currently stands as follows: 

08h00-09h00

Registration, networking and visiting the communication desks

 

09h00-09h15

Welcome

 

09h15-09h45

Introduction to Communication Desks

 

 

Forwarding and Clearing in the Rail Industry

Chair: Mr. David Logan: CEO: SAAFF

09h45-10h00

Topic to be advised

David Logan: CEO: SAAF

10h00-10h15

Topic to be advised

Marcus Balzereit: CEO: Kuehne-Nagel

10h15-10h30

TBC

 

10h30-10h50

Panel discussion

 

Diversification and Expansion

Chair: Mr. Ravi Nair: Chief Executive: TFR

11h00-11h15

Transnet Freight Rail Diversification and Expansion

Mr. Ravi Nair: Chief Executive: TFR

11h15-11h30

PRASA diversification and Expansion

Mr. Mr. Pieter Sebola: Head: Strategic Asset Development: PRASA

11h30-11h45

Integration of Marine Ports with Rail and Dry Ports

Mr. Saleem Peterson: Head of Strategy: TPT

11h45-12h05

Panel Discussion

12h05-12h35

Refreshments, networking and visiting the communication desks

 

 

The Future of Rail in South Africa

Chair: Mr. Jan-David de Villiers: Acting DDG: Rail
Department of Transport

12h35-12h50

The Future of Rail in South Africa

Mr. Jan-David de Villiers: Acting Deputy Director General: Rail: DOT

12h50-13h05

Gauteng MAP and plan for Rail

Mr. Jack van der Merwe: CEO: GMA

13h05-13h20

The future of Commodities and Rail 

Dr. Roger Baxter: CEO: The Minerals Council South Africa 

13h20-13h35

Topic and presenter to be confirmed

AgriSA

13h35-14h05

Panel discussion

 

14h05-15h00

Lunch, networking and visiting the communication desks

 

 

Rail and the 4th Industrial Revolution

Chair: Mr. Tommie Snyman: ITS Solutions Expert: Huawei Technologies South Africa

15h00-15h15

IoT and Future Rail

Mr. Tommie Snyman: ITS Solutions Expert: Huawei Technologies South Africa

15h15-15h30

Topic to be advised

Mr. Evert de Ruiter: Enterprise Solution Sales Executive: GE Transportation

15h30-15h45

Topic to be advised

Mr. Kevin Pillay: Vice President: Siemens Ltd

15h45-16h05

Panel discussion

16h05-16h30

Closure and lucky draws

 


Cancellation Policy:

Please take note that a penalty fee of R570 (Including VAT) will be charged, should you book and do not attend without cancellation at least 24-hours prior to the event. Substitution is acceptable. Cancellations should be done by email to:  harryvh@transportsig.com or fax at: 086 530 6431. 

 

How to become a sponsor and get great exposure:
Download the Transport Forum Sponsorship Agreement from “Sponsorship Documentation” available under “Downloads” on the Transport Forum’s website: http://www.transportsig.com

 

Transport SIG Background:
The state-owned arivia.kom established a Transport Forum in 2005 with the main goal of enhancing the transport process in South Africa.  This necessitated the establishment of a Transport Special Interest Group within the organisation to address challenges with participants who are passionate about the transport sector. At the end of 2009, arivia.kom was acquired by T-Systems SA (Pty)Ltd who now acts as the Platinum Sponsor of the Transport Forum. 


Kind regards

 

Harry van Huyssteen

Custodian: Transport Forum

Fax: 086 530 6431

Mobile: 082 654 6736

www.transportsig.com

 

 

 


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Last updated Friday, 28 September 2018 16:07

Leadership Development Workshop: NMU

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 6 July 2018 13:41

For more information and to register contact:

Dr Ann Lourens
HoD Industrial Engineering

Project Leader: wela
Department of Industrial Engineering

Summerstrand Campus North

Tel: +27 (0)41 5049124
Fax: +27 (0)41 5049246

Cell: 083 658 1084

 


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ORSSA Lean Analytics Meet-ups

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 08:36

A new type of ORSSA event – a meet-up - was launched mid-2014. Meet-ups bring people together to learn something, do something and share something. These meetings are arranged through a site called Meetup (www.meetup.com), and follow an agenda-less format developed in Seattle called Lean Coffee. The core idea is to be able to host peer discussions of between 5-10 people without necessarily requiring anyone to prepare or be in charge of the meeting itself. At the start, attendees submit topics they would like to discuss with the group. Each person then provides a short introduction to their topics, and then everyone votes on them in order to prioritise the order in which they will be discussed. The discussion then focusses on each topic in turn and runs for about 5 minutes, after which a quick visual poll is conducted to establish if the group should continue the discussion or move to the next one. This allows time to be spent on topics that people are finding the most interesting during the course of the 1.5-2 hour long meeting. This simple lightweight format provides a forum for people involved in Operations Research and Data Analytics to make contact with people who share a common curiosity and passion for the fields in which they work. Given the current hype around big data and the increasing sophistication of tools available, ORSSA decided to take advantage of the current interest in these fields by hosting and facilitating a series of meet-ups around the country. This enables people to find out about the role ORSSA plays in both academia and industry, and for ORSSA to understand and receive feedback on the issues faced by people engaged in problems which fall under its scope.

ORRSA has so far registered and launched 2 such meet-ups; in Rosebank (Jhb) and in Cape Town. They have been very well received and the networking and mentoring opportunities amongst attendees of different ages and both backgrounds are endless. The topics discussed so far have been quite varied and have included the use (or lack thereof) of different tools and technologies, issues related to client management in projects and even book recommendations. The meetings are really very cost effective since there is no venue fee and the attendees buy their own drinks and food.

We would like to invite SAIIE members to join us at these events so that many more contacts will be established in future between people who share a passion and curiosity for this field of science. So far, coffee and ideas have come together quite well! Check out http://www.meetup.com/Lean-Analytics-ORSSA-JHB/ for more info or contact David Clark (david.clark@opsi.co.za) or Angela Rademeyer (angela.rademeyer@gmail.com).

 


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