Posts tagged as NRF

Update on open science platform for Africa

The African Open Science Platform (AOSP) is a pan-African endeavour which aims to position African scientists at the cutting edge of data intensive science by creating opportunities through the development of efficiencies of scale, the creation of critical mass through shared capacities, and amplifying impact through a commonality of purpose and voice. The AOSP was […]

Supporting women in science and technology

According to the UN, a significant gender gap has persisted throughout the years at all levels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines worldwide. Even though women have made tremendous progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still under-represented in these fields. “The UN has noted that gender equality and the […]

25 years of internet in South Africa

  On 12 November 1991, 25 years ago, the first internet protocol packets started flowing out of South Africa on a leased circuit from Telkom. The man behind this was Mike Laurie. In later years he wrote “it’s amazing it happened at all, or at least it seemed so at the time.” The lack of […]

CPUT planning a successor to Africa’s first nanosatellite

  The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is planning a successor to its first CubeSat and has set its vision on ship-tracking. In a paper presented at the recent SAAMSAT space Symposium in Pretoria, Daniel de Villiers, development engineer at French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI) at CUPT, said that  ZACube-2 will be […]

Albert van Jaarsveld – loss for NRF, win for UKZN

  The CEO of the National Research Foundation (NRF), Dr. Albert van Jaarsveld, will be taking up the position of vice-chancellor and principal at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). This is a loss for the NRF, but a great win for UKZN. It comes shortly after his reappointment as the NRF’s CEO for a second five-year […]

SA joins light source for scientific research

European synchrotron radiation facility (ESRF) building in Grenoble, France. The South African National Research Foundation (NRF) recently signed an agreement with the European synchrotron radiation facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France, to become a full international scientific partner in this facility along with 18 other countries from the broader European region. This new relationship will facilitate […]