Research Use and Impact Assessment
“Data is the new gold, the new oil of the 21st century”. So pronounced Vladimír Šucha, Director-General of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre at the SA-EU Strategic Partnership Dialogue Conference on disruptive technologies and public policy last month. Policies need to equip youth with technological skills and opportunities if South Africa is to extract and reap, equitably, the benefits of big data, our most valuable future resource.
By Andrea Teagle, HSRC Science Writer
Ahead of Freedom Month, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) today hosted, with the Department of Science and Technology and Freedom Park, a discussion on how intergenerational trauma impacts on social cohesion and nation building in South Africa.
“South Africa has lost a champion in the country’s efforts to build a just and equal society, one who devoted decades of his life to fighting against resistant poverty and inequality.”
The high levels of women’s underemployment indicate that when women leave the labour force, it is often difficult for them to re-enter. There is thus an urgent need to address the barriers to women’s re-entry into the labour force, particularly if they left work because of childbearing responsibilities.
The Impact of Open Licensing on the Early Reader Ecosystem examines how to use open licensing to promote quality learning resources for young children that are relevant and interesting. Research in early reading tends to focus on traditional publishing value and supply chains, without taking much consideration of new approaches and solutions emerging from the digitisation of content and the impact of open licences.
Away from the media limelight and academic attention, black urban youth had long been in dialogue on a range of important social, economic and political issues through the Spoken Word movement. In Gauteng it focuses largely on the themes of race, politics, gender, sexuality and religion.
We would like to invite journalists to attend an extraordinary two-day seminar on 30 June and 1 July during which the escalating number of community protests will be analysed and discussed. This will be of particular interest in view of the outbreak of violence in the Tshwane metropolitan area and the upcoming municipal elections.