Policy coherence in a rapidly changing innovation landscape is the theme for the annual NACI symposium, which takes place on Friday, 26 July 2019, in Pretoria.


The National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (formerly the Department of Science and Technology), will also release the 2019 Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Indicators Report during the symposium.


The annual Indicators Report provides an analysis of the state of STI in South Africa and includes indicators that are critical for the monitoring and evaluation of South Africa's national system of innovation and its contribution to achieving the country’s national objectives.


The main findings of the 2019 South African STI Indicators Report covers research and development expenditure, STI human capital, STI funding and support, scientific publications and patents, innovation and entrepreneurship, and innovation for inclusiveness and social impact.  The findings will be presented at the symposium.


The Director-General of the Department, Dr Phil Mjwara, will give an address at the symposium, which will be attended by business and heads of science councils, among others.


There will also be a panel discussion on the theme.


This year the symposium was preceded by a National STI Indicators Portal (NSTIIP) Hackathon, held from 24 to 26 July. The hackathon brought together diverse multidisciplinary teams of coders, programmers, innovation policy makers, researchers and the like, challenging them to come up with solutions contributing to efforts to scale up the NSTIIP and make it a fully-functional system.  The winners will be announced during the symposium.


The media are invited as follows:

Date:       Friday, 26 July 2019

Venue:   Saint George Conference Venue, Pretoria

Time:       09:00 – 13:00


To RSVP and for media enquiries, please contact Thabang Setlhare at 072 659 9690 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Julian Leshilo-Sebake at 060 961 2194 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..