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Welcome to the NSTF web site - the largest, most prominent, multi-stakeholder, non-profit forum for science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa, promoting science-related activities through collaborative effort.

NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards 2014/15 – Today’s research... tomorrow’s innovation
Nominations for the prestigious 2014/15 NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards recognising excellence in science, engineering, technology and innovation are now open! Submit nominations for an outstanding contribution to SETI from your favourite researchers (incl social), scientists, engineers, technologists, innovators, science communicators, research capacity builders, human capacity builders, organisational managers/leaders, teams/groups, and/or research managers. Visit the Awards website for more information...

Annual Report 2014
The abovementioned report provides summarised feedback on NSTF activities during the 2013/14 financial year, in line with the organisation’s current strategic plan. Activities reported on include contracted projects for the Department of Science and Technology, a series of workshops with NSTF members and other SETI stakeholders on relevant issues in science and technology, youth interventions, and the annual NSTF–BHP Billiton Awards process. The NSTF would like to thank all members for their contributions, support and input.

Innovation – what’s new?
It is well known and acknowledged that a critical phase in the innovation cycle is the identification or creation of a need. In this regard, one mostly thinks along tangible lines – Amazon’s Kindle (which satisfied the need in 2007 for an electronic reader to make books more affordable and accessible) or Apple’s iPad (which nobody needed in 2010, but which everyone now has to have).

That said, the National Science and Technology Forum’s Plenary Meeting on 17 October brought a whole new dimension to the ‘need’ aspect of innovation.  Click here to read the full media release...

Science, Engineering and Technology in the News
21 November, 2014

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NSTF is a broadly-representative forum of organisations in Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI), and was established in 1995. The NSTF has a proud history of involvement in SETI policy issues and the promotion of discussion about SETI matters. Since 1998, the NSTF, has organised the prestigious NSTF Awards.

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Last updated: 21 November, 2014