The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, will launch a roadmap to support South Africa's future investment needs and ensure researchers' access to world-class scientific knowledge will be launched in Cape Town on Tuesday, 4 October.

 

The South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap, the first of its kind in South Africa, is a strategic intervention to provide research infrastructure across the entire public research system, building on existing capabilities, and taking into account future needs. Infrastructure includes facilities, resources and services used by the scientific community across all disciplines for research, enabling the generation, exchange and preservation of knowledge.

 

An initiative of the European Commission and South Africa through the two parties' trade agreement, the roadmap will provide guidance to the Department of Science and Technology on the deployment of infrastructure to enable research, development and innovation.

 

The roadmap is a vital blueprint, which will allow the country to set national priorities and to earmark funds for development and participation in pan-European research infrastructure activities.  Infrastructure includes facilities, resources and services used by the scientific community across all disciplines for research, enabling the generation, exchange and preservation of knowledge.

 

The details for the event are as follows:

 

Date:         4 October 2016

 

Time:        16:00

 

Venue:      Cape Town International Convention Centre

 

Issued by the Department of Science and Technology.

 

For media attendance, please contact David Mandaha at 072 216 8910.