Research & Innovation Week 2020


Re-imagining Research & Innovation at Unisa for a sustainable African future

The theme for the Unisa R&I Week 2020 directly links with the global, continental and local sustainability challenges currently facing humankind; these challenges are approaching a point where they are threatening planetary boundaries. The urgency to act led to the adoption of the 17 inseparable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 193 countries in 2015. The global goals present the world with an agreed actionable agenda to address pressing issues like poverty, actions to protect the planet and to work towards peace and prosperity without leaving anybody behind. As universities are locally rooted but connected worldwide, they are in an excellent position to use their R&I capacity to deliver against the SDGs.

At Unisa, several sustainability initiatives have been implemented over the past decade, the most recent being the launch of the Unisa wetlands rehabilitation programme and the adoption of the Unisa SDGs localisation declaration (both in 2019, the latter as recent as November 2019). The Unisa R&I Week 2020 offers insights into what Unisa’s eight colleges are doing to engage with the 21st-century sustainability crisis and possible responses thereto, including the SDGs. In their activities for the R&I Week, colleges will reconsider what sustainable development and the SDGs mean, or might mean, for the African context, and how to use this as a point of departure to explore meaningful, relevant solutions to respond to Africa’s unique challenges.

There will also be an exhibition by Unisa Colleges and local and international sustainability specialists during the formal opening of the Week.

Visit the Unisa SDGs Portal to find out more about or to can get involved in SDGs.

Date: 2 March 2020
Venue: Senate Hall, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Building, Muckleneuk campus
Time: 09:00-16:00

Last modified: 2020/02/21