The contribution of science and technology to industrial development will come into sharp focus during the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) 6th Biannual Conference taking place from this week from the 5-6th October.

With the challenges that industries are facing in South Africa, a conference that focuses exclusively on how science, engineering and technological (SET) research contributes to industrial development is ideal, hence the theme “Ideas That Work for Industrial Development”.

The opening session on 5th October 2017 will see delegates addressed by Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Thulani Dlamini, Chief Executive Officer of the CSIR, Saul Levin, Executive Director for Trade and Industrial Policy Strategy, Jorge Maia, Head of Economic Research and Information at the Industrial development Corporation and Mr Sizwe Nxasana, Founder of Future Nation Schools and Chairperson of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and National Empowerment Collaboration Trust.

Topics to be discussed will range from technology localisation for industrial development, SMMEs in the bioeconomic sector, and infrastructure innovation as an industrial development enabler, to industrial innovation and Industry 4.0, disruptive technologies, emerging manufacturing technologies, sustainable economic growth through cleaner production; and water and industrial development.

Details of the event are as follow:

Date: 5 and 6 October 2017

Time:08:00 for 08:30.

Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre, 627 Meiring Naude Road,  Brummeria, Pretoria East

RSVP: https://rsvp.rsvpagency.co.za/rsvpagency/page/en/self-registration?code=glDVI369TBXDJ9DN4 (please note that it is compulsory for all media to RSVP through this link)

For a full programme, please visit the following link: https://conference2017.csir.co.za/