Events FY2015

See S&T Office Events 2016

11 Dec5th JC: S&T
08-09 DecScience Forum: South Africa
16 NovHitachi-DST Scholarship 2015
16-20 NovSA's SATREPS team visited Japan
13-15 NovParticipation of the Science Agora 2015
03-06 OctS&T Minister Mrs Pandor attended to the STS Forum in Kyoto
31 AugSA experts visit to JAXA
27-27 AugVisit of DST and HySA directors
25 AugSA-JP Symposium: How can South Africa and Japan create platforms for collaboration with regards Hydrogen Economy?
23 AugRoundtable on SA-JP University Collaboration
27 JunJASSO Study Abroad Fair 2015
26 MayThe Embassy co-hosted the Roundtable on Building Education and Research Capacity in Africa: How to Support Young Researchers for Sustainable Development

See S&T Office Events 2014


11 Dec 2015

5th JC: S&T

The South African and the Japanese sides held the 5th Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation on 11 Dec 2015 in Pretoria. Both sides reported on the current activities of the cooperation and also reflected on the activities which will define the future of this collaboration.

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08-09 Dec 2015
@ CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria

Science Forum: South Africa

History was made in Pretoria today when the Science Forum South Africa kicked off at the CSIR International Convention Centre with a view to stimulate debate about the role of science in addressing societal challenges. Under the theme, Igniting conversations about Science, the two-day conference had over 1500 registered participants from 45 countries exchanging ideas on the interface between science, technology and innovation in building a better society. South Africa is widely expected to utilise the conference as a vehicle to strengthen its strategic international science, technology and innovation partnerships. Amongst other international dignitaries, Japan was represented by the Chairman of the STS Forum, Mr Koji Omi

Opening address by Minister Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology
keynote message by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Special address by Mr Koji Omi, Founder and Chairperson of the Science and Technology in Society Forum Session Chair by Dr Phil Mjwara, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
JST hosted session "Preparing for Careers that Do Not Exist Yet"
Moderated by Mr Satoru Ohtake, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan Dr Daisuke Mizoguchi, JSPS, Nairobi Research Station
Dr Romilla Maharaj, National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa Prof Masafumi Nagao, United Nations University
Prof Romain Murenzi, The World Academy of Sciences, Italy Panellists Closing Remarks by Dr Yasuo Kishimoto, MEXT

Venue in the CSIR campus

Inside the CSIR convention centre
Registration with touch panels
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16 Nov 2015

Hitachi-DST Scholarship 2015

Hitachi launched the “Hitachi-DST Scholarship Programme for South African Engineers” in 2009 together with the Department of Science & Technology, with the aim of supporting to nurture young South African engineers. The Programme provides participants with an opportunity to learn basic Japanese culture at the HIDA (the Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association), and have technical training at Hitachi’s sites. After their return, they will apply what they have learnt in Japan, contributing to improvement in the country’s social infrastructure. In 2015, the theme of the Programme was changed to water treatment after six years of the focus on power generation and distribution. With the change of the theme, the number of trainees has been increased to five from three for about two months. Three municipalities – Umgeni, Ethekwini and Cape Town – are set to benefit from the partnership that the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has with Hitachi. Five young engineers from these municipalities were chosen to travel to Japan under the DST-Hitachi Scholarship Programme. This year the following SA engineers will have competed the training programme.

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16-20 November 2015

SA's SATREPS team visited Japan

Nagoya University and Durban University of Technology has just started a new joint research and development project "Production of Biofuels Using Algal Biomass" under SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development) by JICA and JST. SA's researchers visited Nagoya University, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and Hitachi.

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13-15 November 2015

The Mission participated in the Science Agora 2015

Ambassador Pheko gave a talk on the Open Science: How science is socialized in each country and region? on 14 Nov Ambassador on the Agora Closing Session on 15 Nov Ambassador explained the status of the world patent applicaiton
with JST's Science Communication Team
Yoru Agora 2.0 Canned Orange from SA SA wine tasting
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03-06 October 2015

Science and Technology Minister Mrs Pandor attended to the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum from 03 to 06 October in Kyoto

Minister Pandor delivered at the closing session titled "How do we move forward to maintain sustainability for the future of humankind" on 06 October. She suggested 3 key action points that will assist to maintaining sustainability for the future of humankind. "1. Africa must close the research gab on the African continent. 2. African governments must take the lead in strengthening its STI through co-owned and co-determined partnership with the rest of the world and 3. Africa needs to invest in a robust human capital development programme that will attract major research projects into the African continent."

Mr Omi, Founder and Chairman of STS Forum Mr Shimomura, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Art, Science and Technology of Japan Mr Chiheb Bouden, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Tunisia
Dr Yukiya Amano, Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Dr John P Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy of USA with SA delegates
with SA Young Future Leaders invited by STS Forum and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Special presentation by Prof Shuji Yamanaka, 2014 Nobel laureate in physics Special event at Nijyo-jyo castle

She also participated in the 12th Science and Technology Ministers' Roundtable Meeting hosted by Japanese State Minister for Science and Technology Policy, Mr Yamaguchi. Science and Technology Ministers from all over the world discussed on "Strategies for Inclusive Innovation: The Role of International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)".

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31 August 2015

South Africa's experts of the satellite application visit to Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

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24-27 August 2015

Site Visits with Deputy President Mr Ramaphosa, Science and Technology Minister Mrs Pandor, DST officials and HySA directors

Miraikan - National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
DP, S&T Minister and Dr Mohri (Director-General of Miraikan) ASIMO welcomes DP S&T Minister talks to DP through humanoid robot
Understanding of technical components of Toyota's Fuel Cell Vehicle 'Mirai' at Mega Web
DP rides Mirai S&T Minister is asking technical question to Toyota official Mirai is the world first commercial FCV
Ecoful Town in Toyota City - Model case of smart community under the METI's project
Hydrogen system for the community Energy management system for the community Glance of the town
Saimata Smart Hydrogen Station (SHS) by Honda and Saimata city
Dr Chiteme, Director of Hydrogen and Energy of DST, refill hydrogen from SHS Invertor to supply electricity to house from Honda's FCV Saitama city has worked through a sustainable low carbon society
SPERA Hydrogen plant of Chiyoda Corp in Yokohama with Toyota Motors at the Toyota HQ in Toyota city
R&D Centre of Mitsui Kinzoku (Mitsui Mining and Smelting) in Saitama with SA student under the ABE Initiative with Hitachi officials at the Hitachi HQ in Tokyo
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25 August 2015

South Africa - Japan Symposium: How can South Africa and Japan create platforms for collaboration with regards Hydrogen Economy?

Japanese and South Africans exchanged ideas and opinions on the symposium on 25 August 2015 in Tokyo. Science and Technology Minister, Mrs Pandor said there was a global movement towards developing sustainable energy systems and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. "For this reason, the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier, combined with fuel cell technology, has attracted considerable interest from governments, international bodies and commercial companies worldwide," said Minister Pandor. read more...

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23 August 2015

Roundtable on South Africa - Japan University Collaboration

Mr Ohtake, JST Mr Ohama, JST Prof Nagao, SA Ambassador: Dialogue, UNU Prof Okumura, Hokkaido University
Dr Murata, Doshisha University Dr Yasui, Meikai University Prof Ishizumi, Kanagawa University Prof Ueki, Tohoku University
Dr Tokai, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology Ms Benton, University of Tsukuba Prof Gima, University of Tsukuba Prof Aketagawa, Nagaoka University of Technology
Dr Nagayama, Sokendai Dr Chiteme, DST Ms Modise, DST Ms Mabuza, Embassy

Science and Technology Minister, Mrs Pandor highlighted the human capital initiatives of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), namely the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) and the South African Postdoctoral Fellowships Initiative.

South Africa has a shortage of skills, while Japan has an abundance of skills; this creates opportunities for collaboration between the two countries. The both countries also recognise the importance of science, technology and innovation for economic growth, as well as the need to address challenges such as health and food and energy security, especially in the wake of global challenges such as climate change. The countries also value the relevance and the role of science and technology in making an impact on society.

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27 June 2015

JASSO Study Abroad Fair 2015

The Embassy has attracted Japanese students who are planning to study abroad. For Japanese, popular countries to study abroad are the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. South Africa is also an English-speaking country with providing high-level university courses. In fact, participated Japanese, who had not known South Africa, has decided to go to South African universities for their degrees since our first exhibit in 2012.

In addition to the exhibition this year, the Minister Counsellor: Science and Technology, Ms Mabuza had a seminar "Study in South Africa" for Japanese who are planning to study abroad.

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26 May 2015

The Embassy co-hosted the Roundtable on Building Education and Research Capacity in Africa: How to Support Young Researchers for Sustainable Development

The Embassy jointly with the National Research Council (NRF), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and the Institute for the Advanced Studies of Sustainability at United Nations University held a high level roundtable on 26 May 2015, as side-event to the annual meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC).

The focus of the Roundtable was on Building Education and Research Capacity in Africa: How to Support Young Researchers for Sustainable Development, attended by heads of science councils (HORCs), emerging researchers from a number of countries, and universities.

An open and informal platform were created for exchanging views on issues of critical concern to the GRC (taking place 27-28 May, co-hosted by the NRF and JSPS, with more than 60 HORCs), complementary to the closed and formal nature of the GRC Annual Meeting. An additional objective of the Roundtable was to assist young researchers in extending their network to the funding community, and vice versa.

Formal contributions included presentations from Dr Gansen Pillay (DCEO, NRF), Dr Aldo Stroebel (ED IRC, NRF), Dr Eino Mvula (CEO, NCRST-Namibia), Mr Cecil Masoka (Director, DST-SA) and Dr Julia Tagüeña Parga (DDG Scientific Development, CONACYT-Mexico).

The conceptualization of the session, including a report of the review of the SA-Japan bilateral relations, was led by Prof Masafumi Nagao, Visiting Professor and Programme Advisor, and Dr Emmanuel Mutisya, Assistant Professor in the Graduate Programme in Sustainability Science, United National University.

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03 March 2015

The Minister-Counsellor: S&T and the Counsellor: Political participated in the MEXT Briefing 2015: Higher Education Policy of Japan

Download MEXT presentation (pdf)
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10 February 2015

Two South African entrepreneurs, Mr Ginsberg and Mr Russell, visited Japan to attend the Hack Osaka 2015 where they met and interacted with Japanese innovative entrepreneurs.

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