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.

A gender perspective on career challenges experienced by African scientists

Research by Prof Johann Mouton and Prof Heidi Prozesky, published in the March/April edition of the SA Journal of Sciencefocuses on the experiences of women scientists in Africa. Contrary to expectations, in a web-based survey of 5000 scientists born and living in Africa, Prozesky and Mouton found that women do not report experiencing career challenges to any greater extent compared to their male colleagues.

Robust HE systems – A bedrock for research capacity

University World News has published an article about building higher education systems that will support research capacity among young scholars in Africa’s institutions of higher learning will be critical in the quest for sustainable development and the building of greater research capacity on the continent, according to German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) President Professor Margret Wintermantel.

Rethinking the university and development in South Africa

Nico Cloete, an extraordinary professor at CREST, is one of three co-editors of a new book titled Anchored in place: Rethinking the university and development in South Africa. He is also the co-author of a chapter in the volume on ‘The politics and pathology of place: Student protests, collective consumption and the right to the city in East London’.

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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.