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SAIIE Newsletter: August 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:44

Please find attached the SAIIE August 2017 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 7_ Aug 2017_Final.pdf 1.5M 10 Aug 17 08:44

SAIIE Newsletter: July 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:43

Please find attached the SAIIE July 2017 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 6_ Jul 2017_final.pdf 1.2M 10 Aug 17 08:43

SAIIE Newsletter: June 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:42

Please find attached the SAIIE June 2017 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 5_ June 2017_Final.pdf 1.4M 10 Aug 17 08:42

SAIIE Newsletter: May 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:41

Please find attached the SAIIE May 2017 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 4_ May 2017_Final.pdf 1.5M 10 Aug 17 08:41

NSTF eNews: 10 outstanding women scientists, part 2 of unpacking the NDP, and more

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 2 August 2017 14:02

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Message from NSTF Executive Director

Women’s Month 2017 – featuring 10 women in science

August is Women’s Month, so the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) calls attention to 10 outstanding women scientists who were crowned at the NSTF-South32 Awards or ‘Science Oscars’. These awards showcase the research and development capacity of our nation. The excellence of the winners in science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation brings hope for the advancement of our country and the social upliftment of all people in South Africa. Read more.
 
   
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NSTF News

Science and Sustainable Tourism: 3-4 August 2017, Kempton Park, Gauteng

The NSTF is hosting a national Discussion Forum on Science and Sustainable Tourism (#ScienceTourism). SET and innovation are part of the solution to environmental sustainability – which is fundamentally linked to tourism.
 
Sustainable tourism crosses over into many science-related fields, from the green economy and environmental protection to astro tourism.
 
Attend the Discussion Forum to raise SET issues that impact on tourism policy. Click here to register. This is a FREE event for all employees of NSTF member organisations and individual members. It is aligned with #IY2017.
 

Upcoming Discussion Forums

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in collaboration with the Science Councils sector. This is scheduled for 4-5 September 2017. Look out for an invite in early August 2017. Topics will look at: The importance of R&D for attaining the SDGs; ways publicly-funded institutions contribute to reaching the SDGs, and the relation between institutional research strategies and the SDGs.
 
Language Issues in School Education taking place on 3-4 October 2017. If there are specific organisations and individuals who wish to present, please apply to Ms Wilna Eksteen at enquiries@nstf.co.za. The event takes place during the school holidays – all educators are welcome to attend (for free).
 

Bursary Directory

The latest SET bursary is from Anglo Ashanti Gold. Recently-added bursaries include those from: Visit the NSTF Bursary Directory to find information on available bursaries, the different SET careers, and inspiring stories of people in SET. The Bursary Directory is sponsored by the Fuchs Foundation.
 

July Share ‘n Dare activities

Activities: Winners from the 2015/2016 NSTF-South32 Awards have been sharing science, engineering and technology with youth around the country. In July 2017: Prof Bhekie Mamba was on Radio 2000 on 4 July 2017, Ikwekwezi FM on 12 July 2017 and SAFM on 7 July 2017. To see upcoming activities, click here.
 
Collaborate with the NSTF: Organisations that would like to collaborate on outreach with the Share 'n Dare programme – and have an NSTF Award winner speak to their staff/audience/community – please contact Ms Fulufhelo Gelebe on enquiries@nstf.co.za. 

The NSTF Share 'n Dare programme is sponsored by the Fuchs Foundation.
 

Getting to know our award winners: Prof Melville Saayman

Prof Melville Saayman is research director of Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society (Trees) at North West University. A key area is determining how tourism makes a contribution to people’s lives. He won the 2016/2017 Special Award for Sustainable Tourism for Development. Read more. Join the Science and Sustainable Tourism Discussion Forum to hear his talk on nature-based tourism and a framework for socio-economic research.
 

Mzansi Bright Sparks

Learn more about Bronson Rudner who is studying BSc (Mathematics, Physics and Applied Maths) at the University of Cape Town.

He is one of the group of first-year students who were recognised in the 2016/2017 NSTF Brilliants Programme for top marks in mathematics and physical science in the National Senior Certificate Examinations.
 

New NSTF members

The NSTF would like to welcome its new members:
 
 

Featured SET policy: Part 2 – The National Development Plan (NDP) and the developmental state

In a series of articles, the NSTF is unpacking the NDP. Part 2 looks at factors for creating a successful developmental state and the developmental framework. Read more.
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
  • “The COET Council decided to support the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE) in their forthcoming court case against the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Some 15 organisation have given donations to SAICE for this matter” – Chamber of Engineering Technology newsletter (July 2017) from the Chamber of Engineering Technology

  • “The CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards will be held on the 16th August 2017 at Vodacom World, in Midrand... [The awards] showcase the extent to which local built-environment professionals provide the best in engineering expertise.” – Press release from the Consulting Engineers South Africa

  • Information on maths materials for school teachers is highlighted here – the new DQME websiteLatest news from the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE). If you use any of these materials in your classroom, let NSTF know what you think on Facebook: National Science and Technology Forum

 
   
 

Universities

Industry development

Civil society

Medicine

Engineering

Space science

Environment, climate change and energy

Language

Paleontology

 
 
 
 
 
 
 



2017 SAIIE Awards: Announcement of Winners

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 14:24

The winners of the 2017 SAIIE Awards were announced at a prestigious gala evening on 21 July, at the Capital Moloko in Sandton.
 
The SAIIE Awards and Gala evening had its inaugural event on the same date last year, which seeks to recognise and celebrate excellence within the industrial engineering community. SAIIE added another category for the judges to deliberate on this year, announcing winners in four categories this year.
 
The winners of the 2017 SAIIE Awards are:

Prof Kris Adendorff Award for Prominent Industrial Engineering Professional

  •  Mr Arno van der Merwe - President & CEO, Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC)

 SAIIE Award for Outstanding Industrial Engineering Educator

  •  Prof James Bekker - Associate Professor, Stellenbosch University

 SAIIE Award for Outstanding Industrial Engineering Researcher

  •  Prof Jan van Vuuren - Professor, Stellenbosch University

 SAIIE Award for Outstanding Young Industrial Engineering Researcher

  •  Dr Jacomine Grobler - Snr Lecturer, University of Pretoria
SAIIE would like to congratulate the winners of the 2017 SAIIE Awards, and thank them for their monumental and continued contribution to the Industrial Engineering discipline.
 
To read more about our winners and other finalists, you can refer to the attached programme for this prestigious evening. For more on the Gala Evening, you can look forward to the August Newsletter.

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Awards Evening Programme 2017_News Items.pdf 8.9M 26 Jul 17 14:24

2017 SAIIE Awards: Announcement of Nominees

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 5 July 2017 14:56

The SAIIE Awards honour and celebrate outstanding contributions to industrial engineering in Southern Africa and the 2017 SAIIE Awards nominees in the following categories are as follows:

Prof Kris Adendorff Award for Prominent Industrial Engineering Professional

  • Ms Nerissa Naidu - Chief Operating Officer & Global Head of Strategy, AIG
  • Dr Hannelie Nel – Director, Tennelli Industries (Pty) Ltd.
  • Mr Ben Peters – Snr Project Manager, City of Cape Town
  • Prof Corné Schutte – Chairperson Department of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University
  • Mr Arno van der Merwe – CEO, Mercedes-Benz

SAIIE Award for Outstanding Industrial Engineering Educator

  • Prof James Bekker – Snr Lecturer, Stellenbosch University
  • Ms Teresa Hattingh – Lecturer, University of Witwatersrand
  • Mr Tshifhiwa Nenzhele – Lecturer, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Dr Karl van der Merwe – Snr Lecturer, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Prof Liezl van Dyk – Research Director & School Director, School of Industrial Engineering, North West University

SAIIE Award for Outstanding Industrial Engineering Researcher

  • Prof Khumbulani Mpofu – Head of Department & Research Chair, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Prof Thomas Tengen – Associate Professor, Vaal University of Technology
  • Prof Liezl van Dyk – Research Director & School Director, School of Industrial Engineering, North West University
  • Prof Jan van Vuuren – Professor, Stellenbosch University

SAIIE Award for Outstanding Young Industrial Engineering Researcher

  • Mr Makinde Olusambo Ayodeji, Part-time lecturer, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Ms Louzanne Bam, Lecturer, Stellenbosch University
  • Mr Wouter Bam, Researcher, Stellenbosch University
  • Mr Jean-Claude Baraka, Full-time Doctorate student, Durban University of Technology
  • Ms Imke de Kock, Lecturer, Stellenbosch University
  • Dr Jacomine Grobler, Snr Lecturer, University of Pretoria
  • Mr James Magombo, Business Systems Analyst, CO3 Technologies
  • Dr Brian van Vuuren, Researcher/Lecturer, Stellenbosch University

The winners of the SAIIE Awards in the above categories will be announced at the SAIIE Awards and Gala evening scheduled for Friday, 21 July 2017 at 18:30 at The Capital Moloko in Sandton. A three-course meal will be served and some exciting keynote speakers, still to be confirmed will be addressing the audience. To book your table, please contact lynette.pieterse@up.ac.za before 13 July 2017. The cost is R750 per person and sponsor opportunities are available. Please refer to the attachment for the sponsor opportunities. 


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Winners: 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Awards

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 5 July 2017 14:51

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Winners of the 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Awards

 

The NSTF-South32 Awards, was held at a prestigious Gala Dinner in Gauteng on Thursday, 29 June 2017. It is the 19th celebration of this flagship project of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF).

Outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation were awarded and celebrated in the following broad areas under 13 distinct categories:

  • Scientific research
  • Management and related activities
  • Capacity building in engineering and research
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Water research and innovation (new award)
  • Data management and stewardship (new award)
  • Research leading to innovation
  • Science communication
  • Technology transfer, as well as education and training
  • Sustainable tourism for development (special theme award in recognition of the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (#IY2017) declared by the United Nations)

SA needs to develop new products, technologies and services: As previously stated by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s science mission is to create wealth thus creating jobs and eradicating poverty. Its success depends on our ability as a nation to develop new products, technologies and services.

About the awards, the NSTF and the outstanding contributions from scientists, engineers and other SET professionals: The NSTF is the most representative multi-stakeholder non-profit forum in South Africa promoting SET, including mathematics and innovation, through collaborative effort. The NSTF-South32 Awards showcase the research and development capacity of our nation. The excellence of the winners to SET and innovation bring hope for the advancement of our country and the social upliftment of all people in South Africa.

What makes these awards special: The national NSTF-South32 Awards are the largest SET and innovation awards in South Africa. They are known as the ‘Science Oscars’ and were the first science awards in the country. The focus is on spreading information about SET to the public, which includes the year-long engagement programme with students and learners called the ‘Share ‘n Dare’ Programme. The NSTF Brilliants Programme recognises the top matric achievers in mathematics and physical science and exposes them to the SET network for future careers and motivation. These youth programmes are sponsored by the Carl & Emily Fuchs Foundation.

Award winners: The awards were presented by the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, who is also the event’s patron. She celebrated along with almost 600 guests and over 50 different organisations from the broader community. It is an honour to be nominated, it is an outstanding achievement to reach the finals and an exceptional milestone and celebration of excellence to win one of these awards. Details of the award finalists, including the winners’ are available online at www.nstf.org.za/whos-who/.

The NSTF and its sponsors take pride in congratulating the 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Award winners!

Category Winner`s name and details
Over a lifetime by an individual Prof Nicolas Beukes – Director: Department of Science and Technology (DST) / National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis, Department of Geology, University of Johannesburg
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for research and its outputs by an individual over a period of up to 15 years after award of a PhD or equivalent (two awards) Prof Nancy Refilwe Phaswana-Mafuya – Principal Investigator: South African Study on global AGEing and adult health; and Research Director: Human Sciences Research Council; and Honorary Professor, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
and
Prof Aletta Schutte – Unit Director: Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease, South African Medical Research Council; and Chair: DST / NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) in Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Africa; and Professor in Physiology, Hypertension in Africa Research Team, North-West University (NWU)
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for Emerging researchers by an individual (Post-docs in a period of up to 6 years after award of a PhD or equivalent in research) – two awards (Prize sponsor: proSET) Prof John Ataguba – Associate Professor: Health Economics Unit, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town (UCT)
and
Dr Robyn Pickering – Lecturer: Department of Geological Sciences, UCT
Management and related SET activities by an individual over the last 5-10 years Prof João Rodrigues – Professor: Theoretical Physics; and Head: School of Physics; and Deputy Director: National Institute of Theoretical Physics; and Director: Mandelstam Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
Engineering capacity development by individuals over the last 5-10 years regardless of nationality or citizenship, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in increasing the participation of young researchers (sponsored by Eskom) Prof Diane Hildebrandt – Professor: Chemical Engineering; and Director: Material and Process Synthesis Research Unit, University of South Africa (Unisa); and Director: JMDD Energy (Pty) Ltd
and
Prof Ochieng Aoyi – Professor and Head: Chemical Engineering; and Director: Centre for Renewable Energy and Water, Vaal University of Technology
Research Capacity Development other than Engineering by individuals over the last 5-10 years Prof Colleen Downs – Professor and SARChI Chair: Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, University of KwaZulu-Natal
NSTF-GreenMatter Award towards achieving biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy to either an individual or an organisation (sponsored by GreenMatter) Prof George Ekama – Professor: Water Quality Engineering, UCT
NSTF-Water Research Commision Award towards achieving sustainable water management, knowledge generation and solutions to either an individual or an organisation (sponsored by Water Research Commission – WRC) Prof Bhekie Mamba – Executive Dean and Director: Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Unit, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Unisa
Data for Research Award by advancing the availability, management and use of data for research by an individual or an organisation DataFirst – Director: Martin Wittenberg, Professor: School of Economics, UCT
Research leading to innovation – corporate organisation by a team or individual Prof Eugene Cloete for his teabag water filter invention, Rotoscope and other projects, Vice-Rector: Stellenbosch University
Research leading to innovation – Small, medium or micro enterprise by a team or individual CenGen (Pty) Ltd – Director and Owner: Dr Renée Prins
Communication for outreach and creating awareness by a team or an individual DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials (CoE-SM) team, University of the Witwatersrand – Prof Lesley Cornish, Professor: Physical Metallurgy, and Director: DST/NRF CoE-SM, and Director: African Materials Science and Engineering Network; Prof Alex Quandt, Professor: Physics; Prof Deena Naidoo, Professor: Physics; and Mr Casey Sparkes, Operations Manager
Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) by a team or an individual working through an NGO registered in South Africa over the last 5-10 years through activities which can include technology transfer and education and training Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC – Executive Director: Ms Lynette Bezuidenhout
Special Annual Theme Award which contributes to or supports Sustainable Tourism for Development by an individual or an organisation, in recognition of #IY2017 Prof Melville Saayman – Director: Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society Unit, NWU


The winners were awarded with state-of-the-art trophies, manufactured through additive manufacturing (industrial 3D laser printing) with advanced materials (titanium).

Ms Jansie Niehaus
NSTF Executive Director and Spokesperson

Partners and sponsors:

  • South32 (co-branding sponsor)
  • Business Report and Mail & Guardian (media sponsor)
  • Eskom, GreenMatter and Water Research Commission (category sponsor)
  • Square Kilometre Array South Africa (Brilliants tour sponsor)
  • Department of Science and Technology and Department of Trade and Industry (platinum sponsor)
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (gold sponsor)
  • proSET, a sector of the NSTF representing professional bodies (prize sponsor)

 

 

Last updated Wednesday, 5 July 2017 12:51

NSTF and SKA SA collaborate on astronomy tour for 2016 top matriculants in mathematics and science

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 5 July 2017 14:18

 

NSTF and SKA SA collaborate on astronomy tour for 2016 top matriculants in mathematics and science

 
The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is proud to announce a new collaboration with the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa to reward South Africa’s 2016 top matriculants in mathematics and physical science. The collaboration will see SKA SA support a national astronomy tour from 22-29 June for participants selected for the NSTF Brilliants Programme.

The programme recognises first-year students studying in the fields of science, medicine and engineering. The 2016 top-performing female and male matriculant from each of the nine provinces was selected for the programme, based on their marks in mathematics and physical science in the most recent National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) Examinations.

NSTF and SKA SA celebrate youth: The astronomy tour will conclude with the prestigious NSTF-South32 Awards Gala Dinner to be held at Emperor’s Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng on 29 June. The Brilliants Awardees will be recognised and introduced to the science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation community. Both events were scheduled in Youth Month to celebrate: Young people are our future innovators: NSTF’s Executive Director, Ms Jansie Niehaus said that top results in Grade 12 do not guarantee success. Many school leavers and even graduates struggle to find appropriate work and direction in their lives. This is a concern for SET industries, professionals and for the NSTF.

“By honouring the Brilliants top performers, these youth feel more encouraged, motivated and inspired to pursue their goals and realise their dreams. They also have a clearer understanding of the many interesting and fulfilling positions and possibilities that the National System of Innovation (which includes scientific research, engineering and industry) can offer” said Ms Niehaus.

Brilliants students to visit astronomy tourism sites: The astronomy tour hosted by SKA SA will see the Brilliants Awardees visit various astronomy sites, including the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory outside Johannesburg, SKA site outside Carnarvon, South African Large Telescope (SALT) outside Sutherland, and South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town. Awardees will also be trained to assist during stargazing outreach events in the Karoo, participate in an introduction to big data workshop by Google, and visits various scientific tourism sites in Cape Town.

The tour will expose students to new fields of study and careers in SET, bursary opportunities at SKA SA, and role models in SET and innovation in South Africa. It is hoped that a visit to the various astronomy tourism sites will inspire the students to promote astronomy and astronomy tourism in South Africa.
 
Eastern Cape Eastern Cape
Ms Athini Mqolora Mr Siyabonga Ntshongela
Wongalethu High School Umtata Technical High School
MBChB (Medicine) BSc (Civil Engineering)
University of Cape Town Durban University of Technology
Bursary: None Bursary: National Youth Development Agency
Free State Free State
Ms Riana Nel Mr Ngakana Lawrence Salemane
C&N Meisieskool Oranje Le Reng Secondary School
MBChB (Medicine) BSc (Electro Mechanical Engineering)
University of the Free State University of Cape Town
Bursary: Free State Department of Education Bursary: Free State Department of Education
Gauteng (There were two individuals in the top place for both men and women)
Ms Margaret Jane Mouton Mr Bafana Mbata
Pretoria High School for Girls Sijabulile Secondary School
BSc (Mechanical Engineering) BSc (General)
University of Pretoria University of the Witwatersrand
Bursary: None Bursary: Ekurhuleni Municipality
and and
Ms Marlie Lente Harris Mr Thembinkosi Johannes Manyeruke
Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool Tsakane Secondary School
BSc (Veterinary Science) BSc (Mathematical Statistics)
University of Pretoria University of Pretoria
Bursary: None Bursary: Peermont Education Trust
(Emperors Palace)
KwaZulu-Natal KwaZulu-Natal
Ms Romal Naidoo Mr Ndumiso Perfect Ndamane
Danville Park Girls’ High School Umlazi Comtech Secondary School
MBChB (Medicine) BSc (Electrical Engineering)
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University University of KwaZulu-Natal
Bursary: None Bursary: Ethekwini Municipality
Limpopo Limpopo
Ms Tovhowani Mulovhedzi Mr Dylan Hlamulo Maluleke
Thohoyandou Secondary Thohoyandou Technical High
MBChB (Medicine) BSc (Civil Engineering)
University of Pretoria University of Cape Town
Bursary: AfroCentric Group Bursary: Sasol
Mpumalanga Mpumalanga
Ms Naheeda Ebrahim Mr Nomaan Shoukat Mulla
Hoërskool Piet Retief Hoërskool Rob Ferreira
BPharm (Pharmacy) MBChB (Medicine)
University of KwaZulu-Natal University of the Witwatersrand
Bursary: Mpumalanga Department of Education Bursary: Mpumalanga Department of Education
North West North West
Ms Adriana Christiena Dodkins Mr Phemelo Ontiretse Nawane
Hoërskool Bergsig Holy Family Combined School
BSc (Veterinary Science) BSc (Mechanical Engineering)
Free State University University of the Witwatersrand
Bursary: None Bursary: Anglo American Platinum
Northern Cape Northern Cape
Ms Danique Visser Mr Gift Neo Smith
Hoërskool Hartswater Thabane High School
MBChB (Medicine) BDS (Dentistry)
University of Pretoria University of the Western Cape
Bursary: None Bursary: None
Western Cape Western Cape
Ms Jacobie Christina Mouton Mr Bronson Luke Rudner
Bloemhof High School SA College High School
BSc (General) BSc (General)
Stellenbosch University University of Cape Town
Bursary: None Bursary: None
 
Role of the NSTF: The NSTF is a stakeholder forum that includes organisations in state entities, business and communities. The NSTF engages with policy issues across various government departments and promotes collaboration and critical thinking among a broad range of stakeholders.

Objectives and background of the NSTF Awards: The NSTF Awards celebrate, acknowledge and promote excellence in the South African SET and innovation community by cross-cutting sectors, levels, gender, and race while recognising individuals, teams and organisations. These awards celebrate scientific research that is professional, innovative, forward looking and relevant to both South Africa and the rest of the world. The awards effort includes initiatives to raise awareness among the youth and the general public about local research and its relevance, as well as science-related careers.

The NSTF Awards have been held annually since 1998. There are a variety of sponsors, from both the public and private sector. The co-branding sponsor is South32 (the company that took over BHP Billiton’s operations in South Africa. Previously BHP Billiton was the co-branding sponsor).

The winners are announced at the NSTF-South32 Awards Gala Dinner, where 500-600 guests attend and the “who’s who” of SET and innovation can be found. The list of 17 winners is strictly embargoed until the night of the Awards Gala Dinner.

For more information on the NSTF initiatives: Visit www.nstf.org.za/awards and www.nstf.org.za/youth or contact us at the contact details below.

NSTF spokesperson: Ms Jansie Niehaus, Executive Director
SKA SA spokesperson: Mr Lorenzo Raynard, SKA SA General Manager: Communications & Stakeholder Relations, lraynard@ska.ac.za

Visit to Bogota, Colombia: 25 - 26 May 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 6 June 2017 12:46

Facts about Colombia:

Christopher Columbus landed on the west coast of Colombia in 1499.

Spanish rule ( the Viceroyalty of New Granada)  lasted until 1819, when the Republic of Colombia was founded after the War of Independence  with Simón Bolívar as first President and Francisco Santander as Vice-President.

Since the 1960’s there has been a low intensity conflict between the government and guerrillas from the left and the far right. Formal peace was signed in 2015. The President Juan Manual Santos received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for concluding the peace process, which still needs to be ratified by referendum.

Today Colombia has the fourth largest economy in Latin America with a per capita GDP of US$ 6 104. The total area of Colombia is 1,14 m km² and a  population of  49,1 million.  It is situated in the north-western corner of South America, with Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Panama as neighbours.

The country is divided into 33 Departments (provinces) and Bogotá, with a population of 7 million,  is the capital city and situated at 2 600 m above sea level geographically in the centre of the country. The official language is Spanish (Castilian), but there are 68 indigenous languages spoken.

Industrial Engineering in Colombia:

Dr Henk van Tonder (SAIIE Executive Director) was invited by the Institute for International Cooperation (CERI) of the District University Francisco José de Calda (UD) to attend the first conference of the Colombian Institute of Industrial Engineers (ACII) at the Catholic University Santo Toma in Bogotá and the Engineering Week Seminar at Universidad Distrital.

From left to right:

Alexis Adamy Ortiz, the Director of CERI, at Universidad Distrital JFC, Bogotá & Dr Henk van Tonder (SAIIE Executive Director)

  • CERI is tasked with the internationalisation of the University UD and has a programme to formalise relationships with universities worldwide to exchange students and lecturers and to cooperate in research programmes and the standardisation of curricula.

At present there are 126 students in the exchange programme and 44 visiting lecturers. The first chapter of IISE in Latin America was established at the University UD (Chapter #985) in 2001.

CERI is actively seeking an agreement with a South African university. 

  • ACII was founded in 1984 and has a membership of approximately 100 graduate industrial engineers. It has formal recognition agreements with similar bodies in Latin America and has approached SAIIE for such an agreement.                                                                          

After seven decades of conflict in the country, the theme for the two day conference was “The role of IE’s in a post-conflict society”, with invitees from Latin America and South Africa.

The 18 presentations over the two days covered the role of the IE’s in the reconstruction of the society in Colombia with reference to agriculture, health services and infrastructure capacity building.

The Department of Industrial Engineering at Universidad Santo Toma acted as hosts for the conference.

Back: Members of ACII Council and Henk van Tonder (SAIIE)

Front: José Ramiro Bertieri (Director ACII), Beatriz Lorena Rodríguez (Dean IE, Universidad Santo Toma), Guillermo Gala Picon (President ACII)

 

  • The final year IE students organised their annual Engineering Week Seminar at the Universidad Distrital JFC (UD) and invited international speakers to address the topic “Smart cities, Productivity, Sustainability and Humanity”.                                                       

The key note address was delivered by Dr Eduardo da Cota, a member of the BRICS committee on Smart Cities. 

The final year IE class at Universidad Distrital José Francisco de Calda, with invited speakers

Invited Speakers from left to right:              

Jesús Velásques (Chief Scientist, D O Analytics), Dr Eduardo da Costa (University Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil), Henk van Tonder (SAIIE), Guillermo Real Flórez (UD) and Juan Carlos Guevara (UD – absent)

 

 

 


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