Successful NRF Science for Society Lecture presented by Professors Nic Beukes and Judith Kinnaird (DST-NRF CIMERA Director and Co-Director)

on Monday, 04 May 2015. Posted in CIMERA - Latest News

The NRF Science for Society Lectures Series returned to the University of Johannesburg

Successful NRF Science for Society Lecture presented by Professors Nic Beukes and Judith Kinnaird (DST-NRF CIMERA Director and Co-Director)

The NRF Science for Society Lectures Series returned to the University of Johannesburg on Thursday evening the 23rd April, 2015. The Series “seeks to bridge the divide that exists between science and community issues in an effort to help society relate to how science, research and technology positively impact on our day-to-day lives and on future generations.”

The title of the lecture was “Economic Geology Research: What makes South Africa the World’s most valuable piece of Mineral Real Estate.” The lecture was scheduled to have been broadcast live by SAfm, who are the NRF’s media partners, but had to be recorded instead due to an unforeseen clash on the radio station. It will, however, be broadcast on Tuesday evening the 28th April 2015 from 7 pm to 9 pm in the Talk Shop slot hosted by Ms Naledi Moleo.

 

The NRF Science for Society Lectures Series returned to the University of Johannesburg on Thursday evening the 23rd April, 2015. The Series “seeks to bridge the divide that exists between science and community issues in an effort to help society relate to how science, research and technology positively impact on our day-to-day lives and on future generations.”

The title of the lecture was “Economic Geology Research: What makes South Africa the World’s most valuable piece of Mineral Real Estate.” The lecture was scheduled to have been broadcast live by SAfm, who are the NRF’s media partners, but had to be recorded instead due to an unforeseen clash on the radio station. It will, however, be broadcast on Tuesday evening the 28th April 2015 from 7 pm to 9 pm in the Talk Shop slot hosted by Ms Naledi Moleo.

The programme was opened in the Council Chambers by Mr Thabiso Nkone of the NRF. The guest of honour was UJ’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Ihron Rensburg, who warmly welcomed all to UJ, and simultaneously made us aware of the dangers of xenophobia which has no place in our civil society.  Dr Linda Mtwisha of the NRF, who is the Acting Executive Director: Institutional Engagement and Partnership Development (IEPD), then briefly outlined the purpose of the Science for Society Lecture Series. She noted that our Minister of Science and Technology, the Honourable Naledi Pandor, is fully supportive of science communication.

Ms Moleo then introduced Professors Beukes and Kinnaird to the radio and live audiences. Professor Beukes was first up and started by briefly outlining the aims of DST-NRF CIMERA. He then explained why South Africa is blessed with so many valuable mineral commodities. Professor Kinnaird then built on the theme by concisely outlining the important features of the Witwatersrand Basin gold deposits, the Bushveld Complex platinum group metal, chromium and vanadium deposits, and the diamond-bearing kimberlite pipes. Professor Beukes concluded the lecture with his views on the world-class manganese and iron deposits hosted in the Transvaal Basin. Questions were then invited from the live audience and these were succinctly answered by the two speakers. 

The formal proceedings ended with a vote of thanks by Dr Mtwisha to Professors Beukes and Kinnaird, and all were invited to a light finger-supper in the function room. It was purely co-incidental that the next day was the first birthday of DST-NRF CIMERA, launched at the same venue a year ago!

DST-NRF CIMERA wishes to thank the NRF for organizing the function and for inviting Professors Beukes and Kinnaird to participate, especially Ms Angeline Khunou and her team.

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