Special Annual Theme Award: Creative Economy for Sustainable Development

For 2020 this Award is made for  an outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation towards the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.”

Special Annual Theme Award: The NSTF is making a special award this year for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation towards the “Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.”.  This is in recognition of the declaration by the United Nations of the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. The concept of creative economy is the income-earning potential of creative activities and ideas. The creative economy encompasses photography, graphic design, fashion design, filmmaking, architecture, publishing, video games and more.

The scope of nominations could include:

* All areas of SET and innovation that contribute to the knowledge base that supports all areas of the creative economy in a sustainable manner in SA.

* Research and development which seeks to add to and builds on this knowledge base in SA.

* The creative economy embraces advertising, arts and crafts, fashion, film, video, photography; music, performing arts, computer games, TV/radio and publishing and electronic publishing.  In these areas, we restrict what the award embraces to the science, technology and engineering and related innovations which supports these elements in a sustainable manner.

* The creative economy also embraces architecture, software for the above, design of household goods, and industrial goods, associated materials and practices.  We consider that where in these areas, research and development leads to innovations which are creative in character and could be nominated within the framework of one of the established awards, these could be considered in this category.

* The subject area of recycling can also be part of the creative economy, and noting from our criteria that we are not offering a classical design award, activities in the area of re-cycling which could be considered within the framework of one of the established awards, could be considered in this category.

* Finding innovative solutions to challenges in the creative economy, including solutions based on indigenous knowledge systems (IKS), directed towards South Africa’s sustainable development, particularly for job creation and the alleviation of poverty will also be considered in this category.

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 work.  The International Year is an opportunity to raise awareness on how the creative economy can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment and boost economic development.

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 the last section 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 the creative economy. 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 main motivation, but some reference to the relevant information in the main motivation where applicable would be necessary.

* What further developments would be necessary for the outputs described to become innovations if they are not already? Are these new uses new applications or reconfigurations of older applications?

* Over and above what has been stated in the motivation, is there any possible further contribution to the creative economy from the SET work?

* To what extent does the work and outputs provide for ssocial 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 work being researched, or developed.

 

Previous Special Annual Theme Awards:

Year 2020

Special Annual Theme Award: Plant Health

Winner: Prof Michael Wingfield – Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria

Year 2019

Special Annual Theme Award: Materials for inclusive economic development

Winner: Prof Alexander Quandt – University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

Year: 2018

Special Annual Theme Award: Sustainable Energy for All

Winner: Prof Harald Winkler – University of Cape Town

Year: 2017

Special Annual Theme Award: Sustainable Tourism for Development

Winner: Prof Melville Saayman – North-West University

Year: 2016

Special Annual Theme Award:  Crop Science and Food security

Winner: Prof David Berger – University of Pretoria

Year: 2015

Special Annual Theme Award: Photonics

Winner: Prof Andrew Forbes – (Wits)