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Nurturing SSHA Spinouts – How to Manage Non-Traditional Innovation Opportunities Workshop:


Date: Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Time: 08h30 – 12h30

Cost: R 1 300.00 (Members) – R 1 900.00 (Non Members)

Presenters: Christoph Köller (G&K) and Mark Mann (Oxford University Innovation).


Knowledge transfer from Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (SSHA) is a topic of growing relevance, the call for “impact”, for instance, is widely known. Other than in Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) patents play almost no role in SSHA transfer, but of course there are other ways to protect SSHA knowledge. Services like collaborative research, contracted research, and consultancy are important ways to transfer SSHA know how. But one of the most popular transfer instruments that is highly appreciated by almost every politician in every country are start-up and spinout companies. Some SSHA spinouts lead to social enterprises and social innovation, others become truly commercial companies. Supporting spinouts is core business of Technology Transfer Offices. Therefore, in order to exploit the non-traditional innovation potential of SSHA, this workshop will tackle the question “How to nurture SSHA spinouts?”


The aim of this workshop is to enable attendees to manage SSHA spinouts. Topics covered include why a university’s TTO should deal with SSHA transfer, what kind of IP may exist and how to manage it, and which methods may support the creation of SSHA spinouts. The session will consist of a talking-teaching part, including some spinout cases, but it will also leave a lot of room for interaction. An Impact Café will allow instant communication, learning, and orientation on practice-related spinout issues.



Using Data to Tell your Research Story with Graphics:


Date: Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Time: 08h30 – 16h30

Cost: R 2 600.00 (Members) R 3 200.00 (Non Members)

Limited: 25 Pax

Presenters: James McGillivray (BIcurate)

NOTE: Delegates booked to attend this workshop - Must bring their own laptop.


This 1-day workshop uses a freely-available MicroSoft-based programme called "PowerBI Desktop" which can be used by Research Managers to put together very powerful data visualisations/graphs/dashboards on their various project data sets (e.g. student data; research project data; etc.). This can allow RMs to easily highlight trends in their datasets graphically. It can be especially helpful for reporting to funders, and can be used dynamically in funder presentations to real-time slice data to show specific trends (similar to how a Pivot Table works, but with pictures). Graphics generated using Power BI can also be embedded into your research apps/websites.


Whilst other BI software (free/proprietary) are available, PowerBI is based on the MicroSoft platform, which many RMs are already familiar with. This means that you do not need any additional skills, such as programming/coding, to use PowerBI.


All delegates will need to bring along their own wifi-enabled laptop to use during the session, and will need to download the free PowerBI Desktop software beforehand.



Developing and Supporting Women Researchers in Africa: Strategies for the Research Manager:


Date: Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Time: 08h30 – 16h30

Cost: R 800.00 (Members) R 1 000.00 (Non Members)

Presenters: Garry Aslanyan (WHO), Jose Jackson-Malete (Michigan State University and SARIMA), Alphonsus Neba (African Academy of Sciences), Emilia Afonso Nhalevilo (Pungue University), Frans Swanepoel (University of Pretoria), Jose Frantz (University of the Western Cape), Lovisa Immanuel (National Commission on Research Science and Technology), Mike Kachedwa (National Commission for Science and Technology), Priscilla Mensah (National Research Foundation)


Sponsored by WHO


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According to a recent UNESCO report, only 30% of the world’s researchers are women; the highest shares are in Southeast Europe (49%), the Caribbean, Central Asia and Latin America (44%) whilst sub-Saharan Africa counts only 30%. Whilst a growing number of women are enrolling in university, many opt out at the highest levels required for a research career. Women also tend to have more limited access to funding than men, are less represented in prestigious universities and among senior faculty, which puts them at a further disadvantage in high-impact publishing. Higher education institutions and research organizations are now increasingly challenged to increase the number of women researchers, to support their path to leadership and to champion attitude changes to gender stereotypes.


This pre-conference workshop is an attempt by SARIMA to challenge its members to be intentional in their support of women researchers at their institutions and increase the numbers enrolling and remaining in research. Research managers have a unique opportunity as they can develop innovative mentoring, career development and leadership programs for women researchers that will ensure research excellence at their institutions and also partner and network with funders and other organisations that are supporting women researchers in Africa.


Target Audience: The workshop will target all levels of Research Managers but senior researchers are also welcome to attend. The number of participants will be limited to 25 in order to facilitate discussions to maximize opportunities for interaction and learning.



Evidence-Informed Strategies to Increase Research and Writing Outputs of Academic Staff:


Date: Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Time: Full Day - 08h30 – 16h30

Cost: R 1 600.00 (Members) R 2 200.00 (Non Members)

Presenters: Trixie Smith (Michigan State University) and Katie Bryant (Carleton University)


This workshop will help research managers continue to develop their evidence informed knowledge of and practical abilities to support scholars at their institutions as they increase the visibility of their scholarly work, particularly writing to obtain research funding and writing for publication purposes. By moving back and forth between theoretical/pedagogical foundations and praxis, attendees will emerge from this full-day session with a plan of action/model as to how their universities can increase the research rates (in terms of publication and obtaining research funding) of their academic staff.


This session will begin by focusing on the challenges identified from the research as to why southern African academics (particularly early career researchers) are struggling to join their disciplinary communities’ most sought after conversations. These challenges will be discussed in light of current research and theory from the interdisciplinary field of writing studies. Second, this session will explore various strategies that have been implemented in universities around the world, honing in on the southern African university contexts and discuss if and how these are informed by research. These more abstract discussions will then be followed by more concrete work in which we will explore the particular challenges each institution’s research office has observed for supporting its academic staff in building robust research careers. Based on these identified needs, the facilitators will help the RMs develop various strategies to better support the writing-related needs of faculty members at their universities - strategies that can help them learn new and innovative ways to build the research and writing capacity of their academic staff.



NIPMO Workshop – Proposed Amendments to the IPR Act:


Date: Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Time: Half Day - 13h00 – 17h00

Cost: Sponsored by NIPMO

Limited: 60 Pax

Presenters: Jetane Charsley and Kerry Faul (NIPMO Regulatory and Compliance)


The purpose of this pre-conference session is to share the draft set of amendments to the IPR Act developed for consideration and solicit further proposed amendments from stakeholders.The Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development (Act No. 51 of 2008 (IPR Act)) came into effect on 2 August 2010. The objects of the IPR Act are to “make provision that intellectual property from publicly financed research and development is identified, protected, utilised and commercialised for the benefit of the people of the Republic, whether it be for social, economic, military or any other benefit”.


The National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO) was established as an office within the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in terms of Section 8 of the IPR Act. The IPR Act also mandated the establishment of an office of technology transfer (OTT) at each higher education institution (HEI) and schedule 1 institution, i.e. the recipients of public funds that undertake research and development (R&D). With nine (9) years since the IPR Act came into effect, NIPMO has received numerous queries and suggestions from OTT practitioners and the general public on how the IPR Act impacts on their work. These queries/suggestions together with a framework developed by the NIPMO Advisory Board, NIPMO-stakeholder consultations and the recommendations from a Ministerial-appointed panel on the impact of the IPR Act and NIPMO have led to a draft set of amendments for consideration.


All registered attendees will receive a copy of the draft IPR Act at least 3 days before the workshop and during the workshop discuss key issues and any concerns that may not have been addressed by the amendments.


I&TT Directors Forum:


Date: Monday, 2 September 2019

Time: Half Day - 10h00 – 13h00

Cost: R 750.00 Prer Person

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Best Practices in spin-out formation: Cases from South Africa and France


The event will be limited to the Directors of the Technology Transfer Offices and one or two senior, experienced person.