Research and innovation to support the Sustainable Development Goals?

4-5 September 2017

4-5 September 2017

Science, engineering and technology (SET) and evidence-based research are crucial to realising the goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the National Development Plan (NDP)

 

Event objective: To facilitate solution-driven exchanges around ‘Research and innovation as a driver of SDG goals in South Africa’ by creating a platform for the research, development and innovation community and relevant government departments to discuss and respond to issues that influence policy-makers.

The SDGs and South Africa’s policies: The NDP is a roadmap for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by the 2030. The NDP is aligned to the UN’s SDG action plan, both encouraging active citizenry as a way to achieve the goals. Despite progress in fulfilling the aims of the NDP and SDGs, South Africa still has a long way to go.

VIDEOS FROM THE EVENT


Part 1 Mr Dhesigen Naidoo, Research for the SDGs

Five Presenters: Mr Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO: Water Research Council and Chairman: COHORT, Mr Lorenzo Raynard, Head: Science Communications and Stakeholder Relations, Square Kilometer Array, Dr Pali Lehohla, Statistician General, Statistics SA, Dr Isayvani Naicker, Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Ms Jansie Niehaus, Executive Director, NSTF


PRESENTATIONS FROM THE EVENT


Recommendations: Track A (Environmental and conservation goals)

Ms Jansie Niehaus, Executive Director, NSTF

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Recommendations: Track B (Socio-economic goals)

Mr Nirdesh Singh, Mintek and Chairman: NSTF Science Council Sector

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Day 1 Plenary: How the National Development Plan 2030 (NDP2030) is aligned with the SDGs and prioritises scientific research

Ms Jansie Niehaus, Executive Director, National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)

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Day 1 Plenary: The Department of Science and Technology's (DST) policy direction to research leading to the SDGs

Dr Isayvani Naicker, Department of Science and Technology (DST)

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Day 1 Plenary: Radio Astronomy as a catalyst for development aligned to the SDGs

Mr Lorenzo Raynard, Head: Science Communications and Stakeholder Relations, Square Kilometer Array (SKA) South Africa

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Day 2 Plenary: What do the figures say about progress towards the SDGs?

Dr Pali Lehohla, Statistician General, Statistics SA

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Day 2 Plenary: How the Research Councils and funders prioritise research leading to the SDGs

Mr Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO: Water Research Council and Chairman: COHORT

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Track A (Environment): Environmental and conservation goals

Ms Lorren Haywood, Natural Resources and Environment (NRE), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

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Track A (Environment): Biodiversity goals

Prof Ramagwai Joseph Sebola, South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

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Track A (Environment): Water related goals

Dr Valerie Naidoo, Water Research Commissio (WRC)

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Track A (Environment): How the weather/climate changes complicate the attainment of some SDGs

Mr Eroko a Zintchem, Tshwane University of Technology

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Track B (Socio-economic goals) : Agriculture and food security goals

Mr Moralee Damel Mostiang, Agricultural Research Council (ARC)

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Track B (Socio-economic goals): The role Mintek plays in ensuring sustainability in the Mining Industry

Ms Nosi Mzamo (Pr.Sci.Nat), Manager: Mineralogy, Mintek

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Track B (Socio-economic goals): Energy for all

Dr David Kock, South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa)

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Track B (Socio-economic goals): Health, medical services and well-being for all

Prof Thelmah Maluleke, Research Director, Human Science Research Council (HSRC)

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Track B (Socio-Economic goals): Health and well-being for all

Dr Marlon Cerf, Head: Corporate Performance, South African Medical Research Council (MRC)

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