LMIP-HSRC Seminar Series: Skills, innovation, and interactive capabilities in the astronomy sector: The case of the Square Kilometer Array telescope

Event date: 
Thursday, 4 December 2014 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Human Sciences Research Council - Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (HSRC Video Conferencing Rooms VCRs)


Dr Glenda Kruss, Human Sciences Research Council

About this seminar:

In recent years, astronomy has emerged as a growing niche within South Africa’s national innovation system. The co-hosting of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project by South Africa has accelerated this growth trajectory. This case study examines the competences, capabilities, interactive capabilities, and dynamic interactive capabilities of the SKA and its partner organisations, with a view to identifying the factors that have enabled alignment and success, and the factors that have acted as bottlenecks or constraints. Overall, the SKA provides a success story, showing how a South African organisation can meet demanding mandates and achieve excellence on the international stage through well organised and strategically oriented interactive capabilities required to manage the complex skills, knowledge and technology to deliver on the SKA mandate, and through long term, sufficiently funded, well informed, highly organised skills planning that has been responsive to the skills demands of the SKA.

Cape Town: HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or [email protected](link sends e-mail)

Durban:  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or[email protected](link sends e-mail)

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:[email protected]

Please RSVP by 27 October 2014