Office of the CEO
The Human Sciences Research Council wishes to convey its condolences to the family of the late Minister of Public Service and Administration, Collins Chabane who passed away tragically in a vehicle accident along with his two body guards.
The Gender Summit in Africa is going to stimulate meaningful conversations that will ensure that the research agenda is strengthened and also it will help us to reflect on how science, technology, infrastructure, capital and skills could lead to material benefits also for women. The Gender Summit-Africa will be able to take a fresh look at gender issues in knowledge making based on science.
On the 20th anniversary of the Copenhagen declaration and programme of action on social development eleven ministers from the eastern Africa region concluded their discussions on the topic of global justice with a call for the ‘active participation’ of policy-makers and researchers from the region in the World Social Science Forum 2015 (WSSF2015), which is taking place in Durban, South Africa, from 13-16 September.
A science symposium hosted by the Ambassador of Switzerland, Christian Meuwly, concluded an agreement between the HSRC, the Swiss Embassy, the University of Basel and other social partners to commit to the ideals of the Swiss–South African Joint Research Programme (SSAJRP).
Minister of Science and Technology Ms Naledi Pandor received the HSRC's Annual Report at a launch at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria today.
Gender Summit 5 Africa 2015
Poverty alleviation and economic empowerment through scientific research & innovation: Better Knowledge From and For Africa
28-30 April 2015, Cape Town, South Africa
The Gender Summits are about creating regional and global multi-stakeholder communities committed to enhancing scientific excellence by: removing gender bias from science knowledge making; advancing gender equality in science structures and practices; and applying understanding of gender issues to advance more sustainable and effective research and innovation.
by Prof. Olive Shisana
As one of the most pressing of today’s global environmental problems, climate change presents a complex and controversial challenge to industrialised and emerging economies. Climate change is a recent concern, but has become one of the most critical issues for the current generation. Since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, it has evoked a strong response at community and governmental levels. Evidence of climate change is abundant, yet a degree of denial persists at the community and government levels, and in many countries, about its causes and consequences. Sceptics question whether climate change results primarily from human activity, believing instead that it results only from natural events independent of a human-caused carbon footprint.
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and its partners officially announced that the third World Social Science Forum (WSSF) will take place for the first time on the African continent in Durban, South Africa, 13 – 16 September 2015.
South Africa to host the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)
International AIDS Society announces Durban, as site of the conference in July 2016
29 November 2013 (Geneva, Switzerland) – The International AIDS Society (IAS) announced today the selection of Durban, South Africa, as the host city of the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), the most important event for all those working in the HIV field, including scientists, policymakers, activists, political leaders, healthcare providers, people living with HIV and others committed to the global response to HIV and AIDS. AIDS 2016 will be held from 17-22 July 2016 at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) and is expected to bring together some 18 000 participants from around the world.
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) annually awards up to two Science-for-Society Gold Medals for outstanding achievement in scientific thinking to the benefit of society. This year, HSRC CEO Prof. Olive Shisana was recognised for her contributions in the campaign to understand and contain HIV/AIDS in South Africa.