South Africa and Italy have pursued a successful bilateral research cooperation since 2000. This cooperation has financed numerous joint research projects between researchers which also included the training of students and young researchers. This current bilateral programme is due to end and the two countries have agreed to continue building on the previous success, grow and expand the cooperation. It is in this context that the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Italian Embassy in Pretoria have decided to organise a one day workshop as a platform for all relevant stakeholders to come together and design a future bilateral research programme between the two countries. This workshop, therefore, aims to reinforce the ongoing cooperation between researchers and conceptualise a new phase for a future cooperation.
The workshop is scheduled for 7 December 2016 from 10:00 to 17:00 at the NRF headquarters in Pretoria, as a side-event preceding the Science Forum South Africa of 8-9 December 2016. Participants at this workshop includes (1) researchers who are funded under the current bilateral programme, (2) all the Italian researchers (and Italian SARChI) currently employed in South African universities and research councils and (3) all South African and Italian researchers cooperating under the EU-funded multilateral programmes (i.e. FP7 and H2020).
The workshop emphasises a bottom-up approach in analysing existing research capacities of both countries in order to consider potential for building and reinforcing a more directed and targeted Programme in strategic areas for specific outcomes. The program of the workshop is available below.