Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST)

CREST hosts five post-graduate programmes in Monitoring and Evaluation Studies and Science and Technology Studies.

The Centre also hosts the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP) and the SARCHI Chair in Science Communication (SciCOM).

New insights into the African research landscape

It is a special milestone along a PhD journey to have an opportunity to present your research on an international stage. That is why Similo Ngwenya, PhD student at CREST, seized the opportunity to attend the 17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics that took place early in September 2019 in Rome, Italy.

Research impact – it’s rather complicated

CREST researcher Professor Nelius Boshoff was a keynote speaker at the 2019 Research Indaba at Stellenbosch University on 17 October 2019. In line with the current strategic direction at the University, his mandate was to focus on current scholarly perspectives on the notion of ‘research impact’. In his presentation he outlined several current approaches that help us to conceptualise research impact and propose models that can be used to understand these processes.

The state of the South African research enterprise – E-book now available

The results of a comprehensive study on the state of the South African research enterprise, which has taken four year to complete, have just been released by CREST. The study, which was commissioned by the NRF in 2015, arguably provides the most comprehensive assessment of the state and recent trends of South African research.

DIES/CREST Online Training Course for Supervisors of Doctoral Candidates at African Universities

The course is presented over eight weeks. There are two offerings of the course in 2020, from 11 May – 10 July 2020 (followed by a practical assignment due on 07 August 2020) and from 10 August – 09 October 2020 (followed by a practical assignment due on 09 November 2020).