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Workshop ‘Science, Technology & Innovation Foresight for South Africa’ in the framework of the UNESCO High-Level Futures Literacy Summit

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The workshop will be devoted to the discussion of the results of Foresight studies that have been undertaken for the purpose of investigating in the future of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and how these can serve for the improvement of the quality of life and for the creation of wealth, while achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

A National Foresight exercise has been undertaken for South Africa for identifying STI priorities and strategies towards 2030. The South African National STI Foresight 2030 study aimed at contributing to the following STI objectives of the country:

  • advancing the capacity of the national innovation system to contribute to sustainable socio-economic development;
  • enhancing South Africa’s capacity for generating knowledge to produce world class research outputs, as well as innovative products and processes thereafter;
  • developing appropriate human capabilities in the STI sector to meet the needs of society;
  • building a world class infrastructure in the STI sector; and
  • positioning South Africa as a strategic international R&D and innovation partner and destination.

Specific issues to be discussed include background and context of the study; process and methodology used (including big data analysis); and some individual domains addressed within the study: Sustainable Energy, Education for the Future and Water Security.

Panel (invited):

  • Ozcan Saritas, HSE University, Russia
  • Mlungisi Cele, National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), South Africa
  • Alexander Sokolov, HSE University, Russia
  • Rebecca Maserumule, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
  • Nisha Sewdass, University of South Africa (UNISA)
  • Rasigan Maharajh, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa


Date: Friday, 11th December, 2020

Time: 11:00 — 13:00 Central European Time (13:00 — 15:00 Moscow Time)


Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/99919841150

Conference ID: 999 1984 1150

Working language: English

Registration: to attend the workshop, please register before 18:00 CET November 10, 2020.

Instructions for observers (PDF, 247 Кб)

For all queries and additional information, please contact Ms. Elena Nasybulina (e-mail: enasybulina@hse.ru)


The workshop is organised in the framework of a research grant funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (grant ID: 075-15-2020-928).