There is much unfinished business in post-apartheid South Africa. Over the past year, a series of racist and bigoted outbursts on social media have generated widespread public debate about the state of race relations and social cohesion in the country. Student protests has also drawn attention to economic inequality, the slow pace of transformation in general, and institutionalised racism in society and on university campuses.
The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) is accepting nominations for New Members.
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) seeks nominations of social scientists to participate in a global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services, following the decision by the Fourth IPBES Plenary to initiate such an assessment.
The mandate of the National Research Foundation (NRF) stipulates that the organisation supports and promotes research in the broadest sense.
Recent months have seen renewed interest in questions about the role which academic philosophy can play in solving problems specific to Africa, including South Africa, and about the role which indigenous African traditions of thought and practice can play in enriching the academic discipline of philosophy.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, will speak at the World Social Sciences Forum (WSSF) on Sunday, 13 September, where social scientists will be meeting to debate the future development of people around the globe.
Higher education institutions contribute to economic development by drawing on evolutionary economics and the national innovation systems approach. This offers distinct advantages in conceptualising higher education’s developmental role, through its stress on the importance of education, skills, work, innovation and production for economic development.
PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS - The first Blue Economy conference for members of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), of which South Africa is a member, set as its priority the development of fisheries and aquaculture, renewable ocean energy, seabed exploration and minerals and seaport development and shipping. The two-day conference took place from 2-3 September.