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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.





Last updated Tuesday, 30 April 2019 16:18

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. 




Transport Forum on Road Funding - 6 December 2018 in Pretoria - CPD points - Attendance for free but booking is essential.pdf 254.4K 3 Dec 18 09:52

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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. 


CANDIDATE ACADEMY CALENDAR 2019 (incl Fees).pdf 283.9K 3 Dec 18 07:59

Last updated Monday, 3 December 2018 07:59

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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