SciSTIP is a DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.

Established in 2014 as part of the DST/NRF Centres of Excellence Programme, SciSTIP focuses on in-depth analyses of the state and dynamics of science across the African continent. The insights generated by its varied research portfolio underpins evidence-based, expert advice that feeds into science management and policy directives.

SciBytes @ SciSTIP

How well is South African science doing?

When assessing the performance of any national science system one needs to be clear about the “performance criteria” as well as the underlying data that are being used in such an assessment.

What does Africa contribute to global research?

Robert Tijssen (professor at CREST and Leiden University), helped to provide scientometric data for a new perspective on Africa’s share of global research. Read the article published in *Research.

Africa’s share of global research is often put at between 2 and 3 per cent. But this is probably an overestimate, a pair of Dutch scientists argue.

Are academics ready to engage with society?

“Academic research is at a crossroads.” This is how Dr Jack Spaapen, a senior policy advisor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, interprets the opposing demands made on today’s universities and researchers. “Researchers are squeezed between the non-negotiable demands for international excellence on the one hand, and an increasing demand for societal relevance, impact and engagement on the other.”

Boost for doctoral supervision across Africa

CREST has received a grant of EUR300 000 (R4.5 million) for the next three years (2018 – 2020) to develop and offer a novel, online training course for doctoral supervisors at universities across the African continent. It is the first course of its kind – an online course specifically aimed at building capacity in doctoral supervision – in Africa.