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Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) measurement and practice in Russia and South Africa

25 July 2018
12:30 - 14:00


Dr Saahier Parker is a Research Specialist at the Centre for Science Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) unit of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). He has more than a decade experience in running large, national STI surveys and has published extensively within the field. Dr Parker attained a PhD in Science and Technology studies from the University of Stellenbosch, developing new STI measurement indicators.

Dr. Ekaterina Streltsova is a senior research fellow of the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia). She holds a PhD in Sociology and has been involved into the numerous research projects of ISSEK HSE in the field of STI measurement. She is a member of the expert group responsible for the assessment and upgrade of the STI statistics in Russia.

Date: 25 July 2018    Time: 12:30 – 14:00  Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) remain vitally important at driving inclusive development and economic growth. This is more important within emerging economies that have a long technological catch-up process in order to meaningfully compete globally. Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) have been identified as the key success factors in navigating many of those developmental challenges. How do we measure national performance in ways that remain locally relevant and internationally comparable?

Coinciding with the 10th annual BRICs summit, this seminar presents lessons from the R&D surveys in Russia and South Africa, as well as discuss some unique characteristics within each system of innovation. Topics will include standardised methodologies, organization of data and recent survey results. This exchange hopes to highlight areas of common interest and comparison as well as sharing experience and developing solutions to emerging issues and challenges experienced in initiating surveys of this nature in both Russia and South Africa.

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

Cape Town : HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Contact : Carmen Erasmus, Tel: (021) 466 7827, e-mail:

Durban :  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001. Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel: (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786, e-mail:

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST

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