31 October

On Monday 31 October 2016, the venue for Science Week 2016 will be The Innovation Hub at the Innovation Centre in Mark Shuttleworth Street in Pretoria, offering attractive facilities for start-up companies, as well as open space and services for conferences.

Programme for Monday 31 October

Venue: The Innovation Hub

08.30-09.00          Registration, coffee, tea, refreshments.


Plenary 1: Official Opening of South Africa - Norway Science Week 2016

09.00-09.05        Welcome and Practical Information
Dr Aldo Stroebel, Executive Director, National Research Foundation and Program Director of the day

09.05-09.15        Welcome Remarks
Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor 

09.15-09.30        Official Opening of South Africa - Norway Science Week 2016
Deputy minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Ms Tone Skogen 


Plenary 2: Overview and a strategic context to the Blue Economy

This session will provide an overview and a strategic context to the emerging opportunities in “Ocean Space” and the “Blue Economy”. It will highlight global trends and national strategies as well as addressing the benefits of expanding bilateral cooperation in education, research, innovation, and business development.

09.35-09.50        Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation between Norway and South Africa; a success story
Mr Arvid Hallén, Director General, Research Council of Norway

09.50-10.05       South Africa-Norway future collaborative perspective
Mr Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General, Department of Science and Technology (DST)

10.05-10.20         Blue Economy: South African perspectives
Mr Sobantu Tilayi, Acting CEO of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)       

10.20-10.30        Blue Economy: Norwegian perspectives
Mr Per Niederbach, Director of Regions and Financing, Innovation Norway     

10.30-11.00        Break. Refreshments, tea and coffee


Plenary 3: Operation Phakisa Oceans Economy and Norwegian contributions

This session will set the scene by offering selected concrete areas to focus on, that are consistent with overall strategies and priorities, and therefore of particular interest in both countries – thereby providing an arena for sharing information and past experiences.

11.00-11.20        Operation Phakisa Oceans Economy
Mr Gcobani Popose, Director:  Ocean Conservation Strategies and the Phakisa Marine Protection and Governance Programme Leader, Department of Environmental Affairs

11.20-11.40        South Africa’s Maritime Skills & Research Roadmap
Mr Malek Pourzanjani, CEO of the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI)

11.40-12.00        Norwegian experiences with the Ocean Space - Blue Economy
Johan E. Hustad, Pro-Rector for Innovation, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

12.00-12.30        Comments, questions & answers

12.30-13.45        Lunch

13.45-13.55        The story of I See A Different You (ISADY)
ISADY is a collective of Soweto born and bred creatives and visionaries who seek to bring the alternative view of South Africa, and the continent at large, to a global audience. Today they might also show us a different side of Norway.


Plenary 4: Success Stories and New Funding Opportunities

The objective of this session is to make the audience, including researchers and innovators, aware of funding opportunities for their activities, real-life success-stories and lessons learned.

14.00–14.15       EUROSTARS – Funding partnerships under EUREKA
Ms Inga Elizabeth Bruskeland, Senior Adviser, Department of Innovation in Industry, Research Council of Norway (RCN)

14.15-14.30       Opportunities in H2020 and EUREKA
Tugela Matubatuba, Deputy Director: Strategic Partnership, Department of Science and Technology(DST)

14.30-14.45        ERAfrica, LEAP AGRI and the Belmont Forum
Ms Prudence Makhura, Director; International Relations & Cooperation, National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF)  

14.45-15.00       INTPART and UTFORSK: Two programmes linking education, research and innovation
Ms Ragnhild Tungesvik, Head of Department, Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)


15.00-15.15      A Snapshot of the Norwegian Innovation Clusters' Program
Ms Åse Kaurin, Special Adviser, Research Council of Norway (RCN)

15.15-15.40    Questions and Comments

15.40-15.50    The Innovation Hub, Service offerings and role in the regional system for innovation 
Dr Rethabile Melamu,  Acting CEO,  The Innovation Hub

15.50-16.00   Wrap up, practical information and the rest of the programme
Dr Aldo Stroebel, Executive Director, National Research Foundation (NFR)   

Reception and exhibition

16.00-18.00    Reception with braai, exhibition and sound by I See A Different You

Venue: The Innovation Hub
hosted by Ms Trine Skymoen, Ambassador of Norway to South Africa and Mr Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General, Department of Science and Technology (DST)

18.30 Bus departure to O. R. Tambo for onwards flight to Cape Town

18.30 Bus departure from the Innovation Hub to these 4 hotels in Pretoria only:

  • The Protea Hotel – Fire and Ice
  • City Lodge – Lynnwood Ridge
  • The Villas Luxury Suite Hotel
  • Courtyard Hotel – Arcadia