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Reminder: Creative economy, science and the 4IR

2-3 March 2022

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) invites you to an NSTF Discussion  Forum on the creative economy, science and the 4IR from 2-3 March 2022. This is an online event on Zoom.

The creative economy is important, in that it creates jobs and generates income, including through intellectual property rights. It can make important contributions to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The creative industries are expressions of the imagination, feelings, communal voices and cultures, values and social messages.

What does it mean to do creative work during this era of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR)? Massive digitalisation coupled with emerging technologies, such as virtual and augmented realities, can create new forms of cultural experience, dissemination and new business models with market potential.

  • What is the relationship between creativity and the innovation we need to take our country forward?
  • What implications does artificial intelligence (AI) have for human creativity?
  • What skills do creatives need today?
  • What messages should be sent to government and the powers that be?

A variety of experts look at the creative economy in relation to science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation.

Event objectives:

  • To identify research and innovation areas related to the topic
  • Making important facts and insights available to the public
  • Formulating recommendations to the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and other relevant government entities, as well as the membership of the NSTF

Outputs: As is usual for NSTF Discussion Forums, the following outputs will be made available on the NSTF website: media release; speakers’ presentations (subject to speakers’ permission); video clips of presentations, comprehensive proceedings, etc. Outputs will also be made available through NSTF’s social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube ).

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points: CPD points will be awarded to attendees who are registered with SACNASP (South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions). One point for attending both days on 2 and 3 March 2022. For other affiliations, please contact the NSTF office at

Delegate registration information:

NSTF Discussion Forum: Creative Economy, science and the 4IR

Dates & times: 2-3 March 2022, 09:00-13:00

Programme: Click here for the programme

Background: Click here for the concept document

Complete the separate registration forms for each day of the event:
Register – 2 March 2022: You will receive an email to confirm your registration. Ensure that you click the ‘Confirm’ button to be diverted to the web page containing the Zoom link.
Register – 3 March 2022: You will receive an email to confirm your registration. Ensure that you click the ‘Confirm’ button to be diverted to the web page containing the Zoom link.
The online event is FREE to all those interested.

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The international Demand-Led Breeding (DLB) working group with UKZN’s African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI) hosts a series of webinars for the research and development community in Southern Africa. The aim is to create dialogues to strengthen plant breeding and to make the case for investing in demand-led plant breeding in Southern Africa.

Eminent academics and R&D managers from Southern Africa and internationally will be providing keynote addresses. Event participants include public and private sector plant breeders, educators, R&D managers, demand-led breeding alumni, and policy makers.

Making the Case for Investing in Demand-Led Plant Breeding in Southern Africa

A dialogue to make the case for sustainable investments in plant breeding in Southern Africa

FRIDAY 22 OCTOBER 2021: 10h00 – 13h00


Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Rufaro Madakadze, Senior Program Officer in Extension and Capacity Building, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA): Making the cases for sustainable investments in plant breeding and seed systems in Africa
  • Dr Francois Koekemoer, Field Crops Seed Development Lead Sub-Sahara Africa, Sensako, Syngenta Seeds: Issues and challenges of plant breeding in Southern Africa
  • Dr Lukeshni Chetty, General Manager, South African National Seed Organization (SANSOR): The landscape of the seed industry and supports rendered by the South African National Seed Organization
  • Dr B.M. Prasanna, Director, CGIAR Research Program MAIZE & Global Maize Program, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT): Research partnership for a food-secure Africa
  • Professor Mark Laing, University of KwaZulu-Natal, African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI): Climate change and plant breeding

CGIAR International Year of Plant Health Webinar Series

CGIAR’s IYPH 2020 events comprise a series of four webinars of global scope targeting scientists and researchers working in relevant fields. Each webinar will take an in-depth look at a different aspect of the crop supply chain, identifying areas for further research and opportunities to take current scientific innovations to scale, with the aim of boosting the long-term health of plants and the environment in low- and middle-income countries.

Previous events

Lunch & Learn


Every 3rd Thursday of a month from 13h00- 14h00

Grab your lunch and listen to seed industry specialists telling you more about the life of a seed

Preliminary Programme

18 March – Plant Breeding

15 April – Seed Production

20 May – Seed Certification

17 June – Plant Pathology

15 July – Quality Assurance (Testing)

19 August – Seed Applied Technology

16 September – Marketing & Sales

21 October – Laws Governing the Seed Industry

Please note: We will publish the registration details for each of the sessions as soon as it is available.

Open Plant Pathology is an initiative that supports and promotes the spread of all open, transparent and reproducible practices in the field of plant pathology. We advocate for an open science culture and our teams work to enhance this culture by 1) Offering Workshops in-person or via webinars, 2) Organizing Virtual Seminars for enhancing scientific exchanges, 3) Developing open sources tools and 4) Supporting Editorial Boards of journals to enhance reproducibility.

Virtual seminars

Coordinated by Dr. Benjamin Schwessinger, the Virtual Seminars (aka science webinars) are a venue for delivering scientific talks of general interest to a plant pathology audience. Anyone is welcome to contribute a seminar. If you are interested, please answer a few questions for approval.

  • The seminars are pre-approved and disseminated widely via Twitter.

  • It is live broadcast via Zoom at a date & time of the speaker’s convenience.

  • The speaker is available to answer questions from the audience after the seminar (e.g. up to 1 hour) either within the Zoom chat and/or on the OPP Slack channel for webinars.

  • The live event will be recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel.

  • The video file and all associated materials (slides, chat texts, codes, etc.) will be made freely accessible under the CC BY license through OSF with a DOI provided for each the materials presented.

OPP Virtual Seminar: Dr. Susann Auer

1 April 2020

Seminar presented by Dr. Susann Auer (Technische Universität Dresden) entitled “Molecular response of clubroot infected plants to the endophytic fungus Acremonium alternatum”

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