Special Annual Theme Award: Materials for inclusive economic development

Every year the NSTF Awards celebrate a particular theme in SET. Usually this theme is aligned with the year’s theme as declared by the United Nations (UN). For 2019 this Award is made for a contribution to SET and innovation which contributes to Materials for inclusive economic development.

Special Annual Theme Award: for a contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) and Innovation which contributes to Materials for inclusive economic development

This is in recognition of the celebration by the United Nations of the year of the Periodic table (2019). This theme is conceptualised to give some focus to research in Materials Science and the development of materials to support relevant aspects of economic development in South Africa.

The scope could include:

  • all areas of science, engineering, mining and agriculture, where new materials have been developed, including new uses or combinations of the elements ;
  • new applications or reconfigurations of older applications directed towards improvement in South Africa’s economic growth;
  • new developments in industry, particularly for job creation and the alleviation of poverty.

The work can be theoretical, or practical, and should include analyses of the approximate or relative costs involved to establish or maintain an industry based on the materials being researched

Additional Criteria

The Annual Theme Award can be awarded according to the criteria in any one of the other Awards categories, which are described in detail on separate pages and the respective nomination forms for each category.

In section 12 of the nomination forms additional input is requested to the extent that is practical.

  • Describe in what way the work and outputs described in the motivation involve materials for inclusive economic development? A comprehensive description is needed and claims must be backed up with substantive information. Do not repeat what has already been set out in the motivation, but some reference to the relevant information is then necessary.
  • What further developments would be necessary for the outputs described to become innovations if they are not already? Are these new uses or combinations of the elements for new applications or reconfigurations of older applications?
  • Over and above what has been stated in the motivation, is there any possible further contribution to inclusive economic development from the SET work?
  • To what extent does the work and outputs provide for social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction?
  • To what extent is the SET work resource efficient, and does it contribute to environmental protection and to the reduction of the effects of/on climate change
  • Describe to what extent the SET work contributes to the preservation of cultural values, supports diversity and respects heritage where applicable?
  • Describe to what extent the SET work contributes to mutual understanding and peace and security?
  • Provide an analysis of the approximate or relative costs involved to establish or maintain an industry based on the materials being researched.

 

Previous Special Annual Theme Awards:

Year: 2018
Special Annual Theme Award: Sustainable Energy for All
Winner: Professor Harald Winkler

Year: 2017

Special Annual Theme Award: Sustainable Tourism for Development

Winner: Professor Melville Saayman

Year: 2016

Special Annual Theme Award: Research in Crop Science and Food security

Winner: Professor David Berger

Year: 2015

Special Annual Theme Award: Photonics

WinnerProf Andrew Forbes