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

Established in 2014 as part of the DSI/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.

Science output up, but more data needed for well-directed investment

African scientists’ share of the world’s publications has been increasing and more of the research published by scientists from the continent is being cited, but more regular, reliable and comprehensive data on research universities in Africa is needed to ensure that imminent decisions related to investing in the continent’s universities are well-directed.

Applications open for Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at CREST

An opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher at CREST is currently available. The successful applicant will participate in bibliometric studies and studies of research uptake/impact and/or valorisation in the context of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The closing date for application is 29 January 2021.

CREST launches the first comprehensive national tracer study on South African doctoral graduates

CREST has over the past three weeks launched the largest national tracer survey of doctoral graduates who received their degrees at a South African university since 2000. This is the first comprehensive study of its kind which aims to gain a deeper understanding of South African doctoral graduates’ career trajectories after they complete their degrees.

Science funding after Covid-19 will be ‘a balancing act’

Research funding in the post-Covid-19 world will be “a real balancing act” between producing strategically important evidence and keeping the science system able to respond to a wide range of needs, a leading South African scholar has said.

Addressing a webinar, Johann Mouton from Stellenbosch University said there is a danger that policymakers will focus on short-term objectives when funding science.