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Research & Innovation

Thinking Out of the Box

First Annual Unisa Student Research and Innovation Day

Unisa Research and Innovation Portfolio in collaboration  with Unisa National Student Representative Council invites you to join us for the day that will focus on:

  • The politics of knowledge
  • Climate change
  • Research opportunities for students at the CSIR and HSRC
  • The green economy
  • Risks involved in the cyber world
  • Challenges of youth unemployment
  • The Student Talent Innovation Program
Date Time Venue RSVP
Monday, 27 August 2012 08:30 - 16:00  Sunnyside Campus - Building 7 Nthabiseng Motloi
Tel: 012 429 2286 or
not later than Monday,  20 August 2012

Monday, 27 August 2012, Sunnyside Campus - Building 7
08:00 - 08:30 Registration
08:30 - 10:00 Opening Session
Chair: Prof Kgethi Setati (VP: R&I) and Mr Mohau Mokoena (SRC)
Opening Address: Mr Sabelo Mhlungu (Unisa NSRC President)
10:00 - 10:30 Tea
10:30 - 11:00 The Square Kilometre Array (SKA): What does it mean for South Africa and how can students participate in the projects?
Dr Tshepo Seekoe
Challenges and opportunities in addressing youth unemployment
Dr Miriam Atman
11:00 - 11:30 Climate change: How and why is climate change happening? Can it be reversed?
Prof Godwell Nhamo
Economic empowerment and the constitution: Are the current BEE laws geared towards the ideals of the constitution?
Prof Adriette Dekker
11:30 - 12:00 Water: Do we really have a shortage?
Mr Pramod Sinha
Risks involved in the cyber world: What research shows and why students should be concerned.
Prof Elmarie Kritzinger
12:00 - 12:30 Clean energy solution: Why should we be interested?
Prof Christopher Enweremadu
The green economy: What is it and does it include students?
Dr Neil Eccles
12:30 - 13:00 Research opportunities for students: CSIR
Mr Joseph Tshikomba
Research opportunities for students: HSRC
Ms Liziwe Cwati
13:00 - 13:30 Presentation by a Unisa student who benefitted from the opportunities.
Ms Segametsi Songwane (Unisa Chem Eng National Diploma Student)
Presentation by a Unisa student who benefitted from the opportunities.
Ms Shawn Rogers
13:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:30 The Student Talent Innovation Programme
Prof Tana Pistorius
14:30 - 15:00 Invited speaker: Getting students into Innovation and Entrepreneurship "Thinking out of a box"
Ms Chene Mostert and Mr Ntuthuko Mthabela
15:00 - 15:30 What is the Technology Innovation Agency about?
Dr Muhammed Sayed
15:30 - 16:00 Closing and tea