Career paths for researchers – where to in a changing world?

2-3 December 2019

Researchers are critical to development and solving socio-economic issues: Research is critical to advancing the science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation output goals of a country, its development, and its global competitiveness. Suitably skilled scientists, lecturers, engineers, and related professionals are vital.

Hurdles and opportunities for these skilled professionals: The technology-driven fluidity across boundaries of countries, disciplines, economic sectors, and occupations mean a world rich with opportunities. But it also means that navigating a career path is more challenging than ever – even for highly qualified people. Furthermore, there are the challenges with reduced research funding and increased red tape, as well as stiff competition.

There is no longer a standard career path for researchers. What does the successful scientist of the future look like? What are the implications of technology-enabled lifelong learning and just-in-time learning?

VIDEOS FROM THE EVENT


SA’s expectations of its researchers

Mr Mmboneni Muofhe, Deputy Director-General: Technology Innovation, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)

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What does a systems approach tell us about TH collaboration?

Mr Bernd Oellerman, Director: Regional Industrial Development, The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti)

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The international Triple Helix Association - Who we are

Maria Laura Fornaci, Author: Triple Helix Association

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A South African Triple Helix Chapter - Proposal

Ms Jansie Niehaus, Executive Director: NSTF

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NRF’S Support of Postgraduate Students And Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Mbulelo Ncango, Director: Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development, National Research Foundation (NRF)

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The importance of mentorship of post-graduates and early career researchers, and how to ensure that it happens

Mr Muimeleli Mutangwa, Facilitator: SynNovation Solutions

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Issues of identity – age, culture, race, gender, and language in research institutions

Miss Ndoni Mcunu, CEO: Black Women in Science (BWIS)

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The 21st Century Research Enterprise And Research Skills

Dr Lucienne Abrahams, Director and Senior Lecturer: Learning Information Networking Knowledge (LINK) Centre, University of the Witwatersrand

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An Integrative Framework for Adaptive Industrial Systems Optimisation

Mr Mthandeni Langa, Strategic Tutor and Researcher: University of Johannesburg (UJ)

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Researchers vs entrepreneurs - who drives innovation?

Dr Antonel Olckers, CEO: DNAbiotec

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Career path as a researcher- where to in a changing world?

Dr Kousar Banu Hoorzook, Research Coordinater: Process, Energy & Environment Technology Station (PEETS), University of Johannesburg (UJ)

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Panel discussion: Are factors such as organizational culture, language, and perceptions of discrimination serious hurdles along the path of researcher development? What is the role of mentorship and counselling?

Part 1 Panel Discussion Mr Matungwa and Miss Ncunu

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Panel discussion: Are factors such as organizational culture, language, and perceptions of discrimination serious hurdles along the path of researcher development? What is the role of mentorship and counselling?

Part 2 - Panel Discussion Mr Mutangwa, Miss Mcunu

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Status of Postgraduate Research Training in Engineering in South Africa

Part 1 - Prof Bea Lacquet

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Status of Postgraduate Research Training in Engineering in South Africa

Part 2 - Prof Bea Lacquet

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Panel discussion Scarce qualifications and multi-disciplinary qualifications – what difficulties are there, and what should be done to resolve them?

Part 1 - Panel Discussion Ms Jessica Grobler and Prof Bea Lacquet

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Panel discussion Scarce qualifications and multi-disciplinary qualifications – what difficulties are there, and what should be done to resolve them?

Part 2 - Panel Discussion Ms Jessica Grobler and Prof Bea Lacquet

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PRESENTATIONS FROM THE EVENT


What does a systems approach tell us about TH collaboration?

Mr Bernd Oellerman, Director: Regional Industrial Development, The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti)

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The international Triple Helix Association - Who we are

Who delivered the presentation: Maria Laura Fornaci, Author: Triple Helix Association

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A South African Triple Helix Chapter - Proposal

Ms Jansie Niehaus, Executive Director: NSTF

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NRF’S Support of Postgraduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Mbulelo Ncango, Director: Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development, National Research Foundation (NRF) 12

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Issues of identity – age, culture, race, gender, and language in research institutions

Miss Ndoni Mcunu, CEO: Black Women in Science (BWIS)

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Is the world of the 4IR changing the research enterprise and the skills required for research?

Dr Lucienne Abrahams, Director and Senior Lecturer: Learning Information Networking Knowledge (LINK) Centre, University of the Witwatersrand

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An Integrative Framework for Adaptive Industrial Systems Optimisation

Mr Mthandeni Langa, Strategic Tutor and Researcher: University of Johannesburg (UJ)

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Researchers vs entrepreneurs - who drives innovation?

Dr Antonel Olckers, CEO: DNAbiotec

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Status of Postgraduate Research Training in Engineering in South Africa – A Consensus Study

Prof Beatrys Lacquet, University of the Witwatersrand

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Recognition of multi-disciplinary qualifications and applied sciences

Ms Jessica Grobler, Registrations Manager: SA Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP)

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