WEF founder and chairman to deliver keynote address at young researchers conference

Founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Professor Klaus Schwab, will deliver the keynote address at the 6th CSIR Emerging Researchers Symposium in Pretoria, on Thursday, 28 June 2018.


Prof Schwab is regarded as the father of Industry 4.0 and his talk at the symposium will be titled “mastering the fourth industrial revolution”.


The symposium will be attended by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and Professor Sabelo Mhlanga, the founder of SabiNano, a South African company which specialises in the manufacturing of carbon nanomaterials such nanotubes and graphene.


The event is organised by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to encourage knowledge sharing among our young scientists, engineers and technologists. It offers a platform to highlight the impact of their research through oral and poster presentations, as well as exhibitions.


Some of the research to be presented includes network vulnerabilities. Cyber security specialist, Muyowa Mutemwa, will share his research on election hacking and give tips on how South African political parties can protect themselves ahead of the 2019 general elections.


Senior researcher, Dr Vhahangwele Masindi, will showcase his research on the treatment of mine wastewater and how to recover minerals from acid mine drainage. While Dr Jerolen Naidoo will share her work on medication to treat cancer in South Africa.


Media is invited as follow:

Date: 28 to 29 June 2018

Venue: 627 Meiring Naude Road, CSIR International Convention Centre

Time: 08:00 to 12:00 (see programme for more sessions)


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