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Nominees: 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 announced

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 3 May 2017 14:10

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Nominees announced: 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Awards

Recognising outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is pleased to announce the 19th group of nominees contending for the prestigious NSTF Awards.


The NSTF-South32 Awards: The NSTF-South32 Awards were established in 1998 as a collaborative effort to recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation in South Africa for researchers and other SET-related professionals. This includes experienced scientists, engineers, innovators, science communicators, research and engineering capacity builders, organisational managers/leaders, and research managers.

The NSTF-South32 Awards is referred to as the ‘Science Oscars’ of South Africa, as it is the largest, most comprehensive, and most sought-after national awards of its kind. The NSTF Awards was also the first science awards in the country.

What’s new this year? This year’s NSTF-South32 Awards proudly present the following new features:
  • The NSTF and the Water Research Commission (WRC) forged a new partnership to launch the NSTF-WRC Award. This new award recognises individuals and researchers in teams and organisations working towards sustainable water management, knowledge generation and solutions that demonstrates leadership and impact.

  • A second new award recognises Data for Research by individuals and teams for advancing the availability, management and use of data for research.
  • This year, the NSTF is making a special award for a SET and innovation contribution to or that supports Sustainable Tourism for Development, in recognition of the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (#IY2017) declared by the United Nations (UN).
The Vision of the NSTF is: A transformed country where SET and innovation contribute to a high quality of life for all who live in SA, where the profile of SET professionals is representative of the population’s profile and where the education system is effective, particularly in terms of performance in SET subjects and promoting innovation.

The NSTF-South32 Awards are one of the ways in which the NSTF realise this vision. Partnerships for specific awards such as that with the WRC, GreenMatter, and Eskom lead to recognition of contributions that have the potential to make a positive impact on South Africa, and on the world.

Join the NSTF membership and its partners/sponsors, in applauding the 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Award nominees. These comprise individuals, teams and organisations, as applicable, that have made an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation in South Africa under the categories below:
  • An asterisk (*) at the end of the citation of the nominee indicate that a nominee has been nominated under more than one category
  • Listed alphabetical according to surname of nominee or name of team/organisation under each category

Lifetime Award


(by an individual over a period of 15 years or more)
  • Beukes, Prof. Nicolas - Director, Department of Science and Technology (DST) / National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA), Department of Geology, University of Johannesburg
  • Downs, Prof. Colleen Thelma - Professor and DST/NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, University of KwaZulu-Natal (*)
  • Ekama, Prof. George - Professor of Water Quality Engineering, University of Cape Town (*)
  • Makinde, Prof. Oluwole Daniel - Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computations, Faculty of Military Science, University of Stellenbosch (SU) (*)
  • Pattinson, Prof. Robert - Chief Specialist and Clinical Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Director, Unit for Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies, South African Medical Research Council
  • Prodinger, Prof. Helmut - Department of Mathematical Sciences, SU
  • Raal, Prof. Frederick - Professor and Head, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism; and Director: Carbohydrate and Lipid Metabolism Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, Wits; and Principal Specialist and Head of Division of Endocrinology, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital
  • Ray, Prof. Sekhar Chandra - Professor of Physics, University of South Africa (UNISA)
  • Saayman, Prof. Melville - Director: Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society Unit, North-West University (*)
  • Sadiku, Prof. Emmanuel Rotimi - Research Professor, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) (*)
  • Snyman, Prof. Lukas - Director: School of Engineering, College for Science, Engineering and Technology; UNISA (*)
  • Steyn, Prof. Gerald - Research Professor, Department of Architecture, TUT
  • Von Backstrom, Prof. Theodor - Emeritus Professor and Senior Researcher, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, SU
  • Wehmeyer, Mr Matthys - Chief Executive Officer, Hazleton Pumps (Pty) Ltd (*)

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Research and its outputs


(by an individual over a period of up to 15 years after award of a PhD or equivalent, predominantly in South Africa)
  • Langdon, Prof. Genevieve - Professor and Deputy Head: Department of Mechanical Engineering and Blast Impact and Survivability Research Unit, University of Cape Town
  • Mancama, Dr Dalu - Research Group Leader, Bioscience Division, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Mbohwa, Prof. Charles - Professor and Dean: Post Graduate Studies, Research and Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg
  • Mellado, Prof. Bruce - Professor, Faculty of Science, School of Physics, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
  • Msagati, Prof. Titus - Professor: Research Unit of Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability, College of Science, Design and Technology, University of South Africa
  • Phaswana-Mafuya, Prof. Nancy (Refilwe) - Research Director, Human Sciences Research Council; and Honorary Professor, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (*)
  • Pretorius, Prof. Etheresia - Professor: Department of Physical Sciences and Director: Applied Morphology Research Centre, Department of Physiology, Stellenbosch University
  • Schutte, Prof. Alleta -Unit Director: Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease, South African Medical Research Council; and Department of Science and Technology / National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair: Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Africa; and Professor in Physiology, Hypertension in Africa Research Team, North-West University

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging researchers


(by an individual - post-doctoral in a period of up to 6 years after award of a PhD or equivalent in research)
  • Aigbavboa, Prof. Clinton - Associate Professor in Construction Management, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg
  • Ataguba, Prof. John - Associate Professor: Health Economics Unit, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Bankole, Prof. Felix - Associate Professor (Computing): School of Computing, College of Science, Engineering and Technology and Coordinator of Information Resource Management Programme, University of South Africa; and Research Professor, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
  • Becker, Dr Thorsten - Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University; and Visiting Lecturer: Department of Mechanical Engineering, UCT
  • Bilibana, Dr Mawethu – National Research Foundation Scarce Skills Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Department of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape
  • Bradfield, Dr Justin - Postdoctoral Fellow, Evolutionary Sciences Institute, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
  • Coetzee, Dr Vinet - Senior Lecturer, Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria (UP)
  • Diale, Prof. Mmantsae - Associate Professor, Department of Physics, UP (*)
  • Emuze, Prof. Fidelis - Associate Professor and Head of Department: Built Environment; and Head: Unit for Lean Construction, Central University of Technology
  • Fanucchi, Dr Stephanie - Senior Scientist: Biomedical Translational Research Initiative, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Fitchett, Dr Jennifer - Lecturer in Physical Geography: School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, Wits (*)
  • Govender, Dr Nicolin - Senior Scientist, CSIR
  • Lemmer, Dr Yolandy - Senior Researcher, Material Science and Manufacturing, CSIR
  • Masindi, Dr Vhahangwele - Senior Researcher, Hydraulic Infrastructure Engineering, Built Environment, CSIR (*)
  • Mpofu, Prof. Khumbulani - Professor and Head of Department of Industrial Engineering, TUT (*)
  • Phulukdaree, Dr Alisa - Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, UP
  • Pickering, Dr Robyn - Lecturer, Department of Geological Sciences, UCT
  • Smart, Dr Katie - Lecturer, School of Geosciences, Wits
  • Stander, Dr Tinus - Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, UP

Management and related activities


(by an individual over the last 5-10 years)
  • Bosman, Ms Anujah – Chief Executive Officer: Chillisoft (Pty) Ltd (*)
  • Debba, Prof. Pravesh - Competence Area Manager of Spatial Planning and Systems, Built Environment, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); and Visiting Professor, School of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
  • Gardiner, Dr Dusty - Manager: Bio-manufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC), and Competence Area Manager: Bio-Manufacturing Technologies, CSIR (*)
  • Ongoye Buhle Bemvelo Foods - Team Leader: Prof. Unathi Kolanisi, Head of Department and Lecturer, Consumer Sciences, University of Zululand (*)
  • Rodrigues, Prof. João - Professor of Theoretical Physics and Head of School of Physics; and Deputy Director: National Institute of Theoretical Physics, Wits; and Director: Mandelstam Institute of Theoretical Physics
  • Sinha, Prof. Saurabh - Professor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg

Research or Engineering Capacity Development


(by an individual over the last 5-10 years - Eskom sponsors two awards for a male and a female for contributions in Engineering and the NSTF will make an award for a contribution in other disciplines)
  • Aoyi, Prof. Ochieng - Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering, and Director of CREW - Centre for Renewable Energy and Water, Vaal University of Technology (*)
  • CREW - Centre for Renewable Energy and Water - Director: Prof. Ochieng Aoyi, Vaal University of Technology (*)
  • De Boer, Miss Kim - General Manager, Human Capital Development, Square Kilometre Array, South Africa
  • Diale, Prof. Mmantsae - Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Pretoria (UP) (*)
  • Downs, Prof. Colleen Thelma - Professor and South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, University of KwaZulu-Natal (*)
  • Du Toit, Mrs Marie - Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, and Co-Leader of the Mylab® Project, University of the North-West
  • Hamam, Prof. Yskandar - Professor in Department of Electrical Engineering, and Leader of the Control, Image Processing and Machine Intelligence Niche Area, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
  • Hildebrandt, Prof. Diane - Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Director: Material and Process Synthesis Research Unit, University of South Africa; and Director: JMDD Energy (Pty) Ltd
  • Kalombo, Mr Lonji - Principal Engineer, Centre of Polymers and Composites, Department of Materials Science and Manufacturing, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Korsten, Prof. Lise - Professor of Plant Pathology, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, UP
  • Makinde, Prof. Oluwole Daniel - Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computations, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University (*)
  • Momoniat, Prof. Ebrahim - Professor, School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics; and Assistant Dean for Research; and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of the Witswatersrand
  • Moshobane, Mr Moleseng - Candidate Scientist, Risk Assessment Research Assistant, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Kirstenbosch, Cape Town (*)
  • Mpofu, Prof. Khumbulani - Professor and Head of Department of Industrial Engineering, TUT (*)

NSTF-GreenMatter Award: Biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy


(by an individual or an organisation - sponsored by GreenMatter)
  • Brown, Prof. Leslie - Professor and Head, Applied Behavioural Ecology and Ecosystem Research Unit, University of South Africa
  • Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies - Director: Prof. Johannes van Niekerk, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch University (SU) (*)
  • Climate Studies, Modelling and Environmental Health Research Group - Group Head and Chief Researcher: Prof. Francois Engelbrecht, Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE) Division, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • De Bruyn, Prof. Nicholas (Nico) - Associate Professor and Researcher, Department of Zoology; and Ex-situ Field Operations Manager: Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme, Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria
  • Downs, Prof. Colleen Thelma - Professor and South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape, University of KwaZulu-Natal (*)
  • Godfrey, Prof. Linda - Principal Scientist, Waste for Development Research Group, NRE, CSIR; and Manager: Waste Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap Implementation Unit managed by the CSIR on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology; and Extraordinary Associate Professor, Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, North-West University
  • Laubscher, Prof. Jacques - Professor, Department of Architecture, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Midgley, Prof. Guy - Professor in the Department of Botany and Zoology, SU (formerly of the South African National Biodiversity Institute)

NSTF-WRC Award: Sustainable water management, knowledge generation and solutions


(by an individual or an organisation to be awarded in recognition of demonstrated leadership and impact - sponsored by the Water Research Commission)
  • Benade, Dr Nico - Managing Director, NB Systems cc (*)
  • Bosman, Ms Anujah – Chief Executive Officer: Chillisoft (Pty) Ltd (*)
  • Centre for Renewable Energy and Water - Director: Prof. Ochieng Aoyi, Vaal University of Technology (*)
  • Dennis, Prof. Ingrid - Professor and Director: Centre for Water Sciences and Management, North-West University
  • Duvenage, Dr Stacey - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Plant and Social Sciences, University of Pretoria (UP)
  • Ekama, Prof. George - Professor of Water Quality Engineering, University of Cape Town (*)
  • Gold Recovery Team - Drs Volha Yahorava and Olha Bazhko, Chief Scientists, Hyrdometallurgy Division, Mintek
  • Mamba, Prof. Bhekie - Executive Dean and Director Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Unit, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, University of South Africa
  • Sheridan, Prof. Craig - Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Taylor, Prof. Maureen Beatrice - Professor and Rand Water Chair in Public Health, UP
  • Tlotleng, Dr Monnamme - Senior Researcher, and Primary Invesigator: National Laser Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Water2Africa, BiODX and other projects - Team leader: Prof. Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies, Stellenbosch University (*)

Data for Research Award: Availability, management and use of data for research


(by an individual or an organisation)
  • Archer, Dr Elizabeth - Specialist Institutional Researcher, University of South Africa (*)
  • Datafirst - Director: Prof. Martin Wittenberg, Professor in the School of Economics, University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Eddy Covariance Flux Towers Database - Team Leader: Mr Azwitamisi Mudau, Researcher, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Gauteng City Region Observatory - Team Leader: Ms Christine Culwick, Researcher
  • Health Information Systems Program, South Africa - Executive Director: Dr Vincent Shaw (*)
  • Phaswana-Mafuya, Prof. Nancy (Refilwe) - Research Director, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC); and Honorary Professor, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (*)
  • Skatulla, Dr Sebastian - Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics; and Centre for Research in Computational and Applied Mechanics, UCT (*)
  • South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) - Team Leader: Mr Benjamin Roberts, Research Specialist: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery Division, HSRC
  • Southern African Universities Radiometric Network (SAURAN) - Director: Prof. Johannes van Niekerk, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch University (SU) (*)
  • TEARS Foundation - Gender-Based Violence Helpline, Team Leader and Founder: Mrs Mara Glennie (*)

Research for innovation - Corporate organisation


(by a team or individual)
  • Azimuth Team, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) - Team Leader: Dr Jeanine Engelbrecht
  • Bio-Manufacturing Industry Development Centre, CSIR Biosciences - Team Leader: Dr Dusty Gardiner, Technology Manager, CSIR (*)
  • Carbon Activity Analyser Team - Team leader: Mr Stefan Smit, Senior Technical Specialist, Measurement and Control Division, Mintek
  • Carbon Concentration (C²M) Meter Team - Mr Stefan Smit, Senior Technical Specialist, Measurement and Control Division, Mintek
  • Department of Science and Technology-Water Research Commission Passive Algae Waste Water Treatment System - Team leader: Dr Paul Oberholster, Chief Researcher, CSIR
  • Geo-location based dynamic spectrum allocation (GL-DSA), CSIR Meraka Institute - Team Leader: Dr Fisseha Mekuria
  • Hazleton Pumps (Pty) Ltd – Chief Executive Officer: Mr Matthys Wehmeyer (*)
  • IEC, Elections Forecasting Team - Team Leader: Dr Peter Schmitz, Principal Researcher, CSIR Built Environment
  • Makinde, Prof. Oluwole Daniel - Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computations, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University (SU) (*)
  • Mpofu, Prof. Khumbulani - Professor and Head of Department of Industrial Engineering, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) (*)
  • Monazite Ore Treatment Team - Team Leader: Mr Christoph Pawlik, Senior Technical Specialist, Mintek
  • Revaprasadu, Prof Neeresh - Professor of Chemistry; Department of Science and Technology / National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) in Nanotechnology, University of Zululand
  • Sadiku, Prof. Emmanuel Rotimi - Research Professor, TUT (*)
  • Skatulla, Dr Sebastian - Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics; and Centre for Research in Computational and Applied Mechanics, University of Cape Town (UCT) (*)
  • Snyman, Prof. Lukas - Director: School of Engineering, College for Science, Engineering and Technology, University of South Africa (*)
  • The Abalobi ICT 4Fisheries Team - Team leader: Dr Serge Raemaekers, Principal Investigator, Department of Environmental and Geographical Studies, UCT
  • Technology to Combat Poaching Team (Cmore) - Research Group Leader: Herman le Roux, Command and Control Technology, CSIR
  • Vulamanz Development Team - Project Leader: Prof. Lingam Pillay, Associate Professor, Department of Process Engineering, SU
  • Water2Africa, BiODX and other projects -Team leader: Prof Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies, SU (*)

Research for innovation - SMME


(by a team or an individual)
  • Aeroswift Development Team (Aerosud ITC), Aerosud Innovation Centre (Pty) Ltd - Mr Marius Vermeulen, Chief Engineer and Program Manager: Additive Manufacturing
  • CenGen (Pty) Ltd - Director and Owner, Dr Renée Prins
  • Ongoye Buhle Bemvelo Foods -Team Leader: Prof. Unathi Kolanisi, Head Department and Lecturer, Consumer Sciences, University of Zululand (*)
  • TEARS Foundation - Gender-Based Violence Helpline, Founder and Team Leader: Mrs Mara Glennie (*)

Communication: Outreach and creating awareness


(by a team or individual)
  • Blumenthal, Dr Ryan - Senior Specialist and Lecturer, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Pretoria (*)
  • Cornish, Prof. Lesley - Professor in Physical Metallurgy, Director: Department of Science and Technology (DST) / National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence in Strong Materialsc; and Director: African Materials Science and Engineering Network, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Du Preez, Prof. Louis - Professor of Zoology, Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, Faculty of Natural Sciences, North-West University (*)
  • Iimbovani Outreach Programme: Exploring South African Diversity and Change - Outreach Manager: Miss Dorette du Plessis, DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch University (SU)
  • Moshobane, Mr Moleseng - Candidate Scientist, Risk Assessment Research Assistant, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Kirstenbosch, Cape Town (*)
  • Ongoye Buhle Bemvelo Foods - Team Leader: Prof. Unathi Kolanisi, Head Department and Lecturer, Consumer Sciences, University of Zululand (*)
  • Pule, Miss Caroline - Doctoral student, Department of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics; and Founder and CEO: Caroline Pule Science and Literacy Foundation, SU

Non-governmental organisation


(including technology transfer or education and training activities)
  • Health Information Systems Program, South Africa - Executive Director: Dr Vincent Shaw (*)
  • Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC – Executive Director: Ms Lynette Bezuidenhout
  • SchoolNet South Africa - Executive Director: Miss Janet Thomson
  • South African Young Water Professionals: Division of the Water Institute of Southern Africa - National Chairperson: Ms Nora Hanke-Louw (*)
  • South African Youth into Engineering Programme - Executive Director: Dr Duduzile Mkhize

Special Annual Theme Award


(by an individual or an organisation, which contributes to or supports Sustainable Tourism for Development, in recognition of #IY2017)
  • Archer, Dr Elizabeth - Specialist Institutional Researcher, University of South Africa (*)
  • Benade, Dr Nico - Managing Director, NB Systems cc (*)
  • Blumenthal, Dr Ryan - Senior Specialist and Lecturer, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Pretoria (*)
  • CREW - Centre for Renewable Energy and Water - Director: Prof. Ochieng Aoyi, Vaal University of Technology (*)
  • Du Preez, Prof. Louis - Professor of Zoology, Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, Faculty of Natural Sciences, North-West University (NWU) (*)
  • Fitchett Dr Jennifer - Lecturer in Physical Geography: School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand (*)
  • Masindi, Dr Vhahangwele - Senior Researcher, Hydraulic Infrastructure Engineering, Built Environment, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (*)
  • Saayman, Prof. Melville - Director: Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society Unit, NWU (*)
  • South African Young Water Professionals: Division of the Water Institute of Southern Africa - National Chairperson: Ms Nora Hanke-Louw (*)
  • Technology to Combat Poaching Team (Cmore) - Research Group Leader: Herman le Roux, Command and Control Technology, CSIR
Awards finalists and winners: The announcement of the NSTF-South32 Awards finalists will be circulated through the NSTF e-newsletter during May 2017. The announcement of the winners will take place at the prestigious Awards gala dinner taking place on 29 June 2017 in Gauteng. The Patron of the Awards, the Minister of Science and Technology, presides over the programme. The event is an open (public) and glamorous affair attended by the cream of the crop of the SET community and the largest event of its kind. Over 500 guests attend the event annually. The community is invited to book tables for their organisations to celebrate the achievements of the community. Contact Ms Wilna Eksteen at the contact details below.

History of the NSTF and NSTF Awards: The annual NSTF-South32 Awards, is the flagship project of the NSTF. The NSTF is the most representative multi-stakeholder non-profit forum in South Africa promoting SET and innovation through collaborative effort. Founded by the SET community in 1995, the NSTF has a proud history and list of milestones promoting socio-economic growth. The NSTF Awards were introduced in 1998, when there were no comparable awards for research, and research and development (R&D). They were initiated to mobilise the joint resources and efforts of the broader SET and innovation community. Over the years, an NSTF Award became a very prestigious honour bestowed on researchers and related fields and organisations.

Adjudication: An adjudication panel of independent judges representing six different sectors within the NSTF membership, as well as the award partners, will review the nominations to select the finalists and winners. A panel of experts, appointed by the NSTF Executive Committee, will assist the panel by reviewing and validating the final selections.

Youth programmes: Two NSTF Youth outreach programmes are run annually in conjunction with the NSTF Awards.

The Brilliants Programme identifies and celebrates some of the top achievers in physical science and mathematics from the previous year’s matric examinations. It exposes these young people to the SET community. Eighteen students (a man and a woman from each province) are recognised as the future innovators of our nation.

The Share ‘n Dare Programme profiles Award winners as role models to the youth. Award winners give talks at Science Centres and Universities across the country and encourage the youth to take up careers in SET. Thousands of South Africans are also reached through community and campus radio station awareness talks.

Media Partners and advertising campaign: The two media partners of the NSTF Awards, Business Report, distributed through The Star, Pretoria News, Cape Times, and The Mercury; as well as the Mail & Guardian ensure national public recognition to the winners. Both these newspapers will carry supplements of the winners the day after the Awards Gala Dinner (Friday, 30 June 2017). Unique advertising opportunities are available for your brand. Contact Ms Wilna Eksteen at the contact details below.

Partnerships and sponsorships: Organisations are invited to join hands with the NSTF to widen the reach and impact of the Awards and Youth programmes. Partnerships are available on new and existing Award categories and outreach programmes. Contact Ms Wilna Eksteen at the contact details below.

NSTF-South32 Awards’ theme: The theme for the 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Awards is Sustainable Tourism for Development, in recognition of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development as declared by United Nations. The Awards Gala Dinner will celebrate this theme.

Last updated Wednesday, 3 May 2017 12:10

SAIIE April 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 10:17

Please refer to the attachment for the SAIIE April 2017 Newsletter.


Attachments:

SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 23_ April 2017_Final.pdf 1.4M 11 Apr 17 10:17

Tom Rozwadowski Medal competition - Nominations

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 4 April 2017 18:17

Dear ORSSA member,

Notice is hereby given to inform members that the nominations for the Tom Rozwadowski Medal is now open for nominations. Member of ORSSA can nominate papers published within the calendar year 2016 for inclusion in the adjudication process by sending me an electronic copy of the paper by email. All papers published in Volume 32 of ORiON will automatically be considered.

Nominations are open until May 12th, 2017. Please familiarise yourself with the rules of the competition before you send along any nominations.

Rules for the Tom Rozwadowski Competition:

  1. Contributions of an OR nature published in peer reviewed journals of international standing during the calendar year 2016 are eligible for consideration. (Contributions in published conference proceedings, whether peer reviewed or not, are not eligible.)
  2. Confidential or secret material will not be accepted for consideration.
  3. Only persons who were members of the Society, or who had already applied to become members of the Society, when the contribution was made, are eligible for the award. For the purposes of this clause, the publication date of the journal with the paper in it will be taken as the date of the contribution.
  4. Where the winning material is produced by co-authors, every co-author who meets the membership criterion in clause 3 above shall receive a medal.
  5. One or more of the following criteria may be used by the Selection Committee as a basis for selecting the winning entry:
  6. Originality,
  7. The quality of any theory developed,
  8. Interaction between theory & practice,
  9. New areas of application,
  10. New opportunities created for Operations Research, and
  11. Clarity of exposition.
  12. All contributions should be in English.
  13. Any member of the Society may submit a contribution for consideration or draw it to the attention of the Nominating Committee, whether they are an author or not, by sending an electronic copy of the nomination to the Vice President at danielotter@sun.ac.za

Please feel free to send me any nominations for the competition by email, or to make any suggestions that can potentially streamline the work of our committee.

Thanking you in advance for your contributions.

Kind Regards,

Danie Lötter

Vice President

SAIIE: Awards: Call for Nominations: Due date 19 May 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 4 April 2017 11:55

Nominations for the prestigious 2017 SAIIE Awards are now open. Please refer to the attached documents for more information. 


Attachments:

2017 Call for Nominations.pdf 539.7K 29 Mar 17 13:14
SAIIE Nomination for a SAIIE Award.doc 885.5K 29 Mar 17 13:14
2017 Sponsorship opportunities.pdf 464.9K 4 Apr 17 09:54

Last updated Tuesday, 4 April 2017 09:55

SAIIE March 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 10 March 2017 11:51

Refer to the attachment for the SAIIE March 2017 Newsletter. 


Attachments:

SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 2 _ March 2017_Final.pdf 1.0M 10 Mar 17 11:51

ORSSA - Nominations for the Annual Student Competition are Now Open

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 6 March 2017 12:14

The Operations Research Society of South Africa each year awards two prestige medals to the winners of its national student competition. These medals are

  • The Gerhard Geldenhuys Medal for the Best Fourth Year Project, and
  • The Theodor Stewart Medal for the Best Masters Thesis,

as featured in the March 2013 edition of the Society's Newsletter. Halls of Fame, featuring past winners of these medals, may be found at http://www.orssa.org.za/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Awards.StudentCompetition.

The medals are awarded at the annual conference which this year takes place from 10 to 13 September at Champagne Sports Resort, Central Drakensberg (see the conference website at http://www.orssa.org.za/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Conf.ORSSA). Entries to the competition will be ranked by an independent Selection Committee of expert judges not affiliated with the tertiary institutions of nominees, based solely on the written project or thesis submissions, after which the top two entries in each of the underlined categories above will be designated as finalists. There will be a special finalists' competition session at the conference during which these finalists (or representatives appointed by them) will be required to present their work in order to showcase the quality of the best operational research work by students in South Africa. Should a finalist neither be able to present their work at the conference nor be able to send a representative to present their work on their behalf, such an entry will be disqualified, in which case the third ranked entry, then the fourth ranked entry and so forth will be designated as finalist, until two finalists have been identified whose work can indeed be presented at the conference.

Nominations for written projects/theses in the above underlined categories are gathered by a Nomination Committee, which acts independently from the eventual Selection Committee. Supervising Lecturers are hereby invited to submit entries for the above competition categories to Marthi Harmse, the convenor of the Nomination Committee, at kmharmse@mweb.co by no later than Friday May 19th 2017. Students are not allowed to nominate their own work. Each nomination should be accompanied by a completed nomination form (see attached), and include a short statement by the supervisor in question on the degree of independence with which the student conducted the research as well as an electronic copy of the relevant project/thesis in pdf format on which the following information should appear clearly:

  1. Name of the student,
  2. Name of the supervisor, and
  3. Name of the University at which the project was submitted.

It is a requirement that students whose projects or theses are submitted should have qualified for graduation at their respective universities late in 2016 or early in 2017 (i.e. no earlier than May 1st 2016 and no later than April 30th 2017). The finalists will be announced on Friday June 30th 2017 and will be required to register and submit an abstract on their submitted work online (at http://www.orssa.org.za/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Conf.SubmitAbstract) for presentation at the annual conference by July 14th 2017. A new set of competition rules, recently approved by the Executive Committee of the Operations Research Society of South Africa, is attached for your information.

 

Yours truly,

 

Marthi Harmse

Chair of the ORSSA Student Competition Nomination Committee


Attachments:

NominationForm.pdf 14.0K 6 Mar 17 12:14
ORSSA National Student Competition - Written competition.pdf 432.1K 6 Mar 17 12:14
ORSSA National Student Competition - Presentation Session.pdf 55.3K 6 Mar 17 12:14

NSTF eNews - Implications of the US President’s actions and policies for science and scientists

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 6 March 2017 11:09

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Message from NSTF Executive Director: Implications of the US President’s actions and policies for science and scientists

 
The NSTF discussion forum on 8 March will provide a platform to unpack the possible negative impact of the Trump administration’s actions and policies on science and scientists. Read more
 
 

NSTF News

 
   

Share `n Dare programme (sponsored by the Fuchs Foundation): Prof. Crick Lund visits Grahamstown

 
Prof. Crick Lund, winner of the 2015-2016 TW Kambule-NSTF Award for research and its outputs over a period of up to 15 years, visited Grahamstown on 13 February 2017 to talk to students and learners about public mental health. Read more
 

Update on 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Awards

 

The 19th Awards gala dinner during which the winners will be announced will take place on 29 June 2017, with the Minister of Science and Technology in attendance as the patron of the awards. This year’s theme is Sustainable Tourism for Development #IY2017.

Click here for more information on the post-nomination process.
 

Upcoming Discussion Forums


NSTF Discussion Forums are public platforms that provide constructive interaction and discussion with government and stakeholders on key priority areas of concern to the science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation community. Topics for discussion in the NSTF programme for 2017 are planned as follows:
  • Sustainable Tourism for Development (aligned with #IY2017, as declared by the United Nations)

  • New Science and Technology Policy, April 2017

  • Science Councils Discussion Forum on Sustainable Development Goals 2030, September 2017

  • Language Issues in Schools, October 2017

 

Bursary Directory (sponsored by the Fuchs Foundation)

 
Learners and students interested in joining the exciting world of SET are encouraged to start applying early for 2018 bursaries.

Visit the NSTF Bursary Directory to view the type of bursaries made available each year, such as the bursaries offered by Johannesburg Water (SOC) Ltd; the NRF’s iThemba LABS and the Council for Geoscience.

Click here for updates on available bursaries and to read inspiring stories of bright individuals in SET.
 

Getting to know the work of the 2015/2016 NSTF-South32 Award winners: Dr Tolu Oni

 

Dr Oni’s research addresses the challenges facing people and healthcare in the urban setting. She is a senior lecturer at the school of public health and family medicine, University of Cape Town, and winner of the 2015/2016 TW Kambule-NSTF Award for research and its outputs by an emerging researcher.

Read more about her work in an article published in the Mail & Guardian.

 
 

Featured SET policy: Marine Living Resources Act: Draft policies on Boat-based Whale and Dolphin Watching; and White Shark Cage Diving

 
The policy on boat-based whale and dolphin watching will guide the evaluation and allocation of permits in the industry to ensure that all eco-tourism activities related to whales and dolphins are sustainable and effectively managed. The policy on white shark cage diving (WSCD) aims to provide guidance to the processing and decision-making on permit allocations for WSCD activities. Read more
 

Other SET-related policies currently open for public comment

 
 

SET-related policy news

 
 
 
 
 

Engineering

 
 
 
 
 

Send us your news

The NSTF invites all our members, as well as all SET and innovation role players, to send us information on meetings, conferences and activities of interest to the broader S&T community. Please send us your news by the 20th of the month, for distribution at the beginning of the following month, to enquiries@nstf.co.za

Feedback

If you have any comments or suggestions on how we can improve this newsletter, please e-mail the NSTF Secretariat at enquiries@nstf.co.za

 

About the NSTF

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF), established in 1995, is a broadly-representative stakeholder body for all SET and innovation organisations in South Africa, which seeks to influence policy formulation and delivery.

The NSTF-South32 Awards are unique in SA, recognising the outstanding contributions of individuals and groups to SET and innovation.

The science bursaries page provides information on bursaries and bursary providers for science, engineering and related studies.

 

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First Call for Papers: 28th Annual SAIIE Conference: 25 - 27 October 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:09

 

Please find attached the First Call for Papers to the 28th Annual SAIIE Conference scheduled from 25 - 27 October 2017 at Riverside Sun, Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng.


Attachments:

SAIIE28 1st Call for papers.pdf 341.7K 15 Feb 17 09:07

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SAIIE August 2016 Newsletter

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 14:05

Please refer to the attachment for the SAIIE August 2016 Newsletter. 


Attachments:

SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 7_ Aug 2016_Final.pdf 1.0M 29 Aug 16 14:46

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SAIIE July 2016 Newsletter

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 14:05

Please refer to the attachment for the SAIIE July 2016 Newsletter. 


Attachments:

SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 6_ July 2016_Final.pdf 705.7K 29 Aug 16 14:45

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