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Skills, innovation, and interactive capabilities in the astronomy sector: the case of the square kilometre array telescope

04 December 2014
12:30 - 13:30

Speaker: Michael Gastrow
Education and Skills Development, HSRC

Date:  Thursday, 4 December  
Time: 12:30 – 13:30

Venue:    VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban

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 seminar presents a case study that examines the competences, capabilities, interactive capabilities, and dynamic interactive capabilities of the SKA and its partner organisations.

The aim is to identify 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.

It does so through well organised and strategically oriented interactive capabilities 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.

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban

RSVP by 3 December
Cape Town: Jean Witten (021) 466  8004,   12th Floor, Plein Park Building, Plein Street, Cape Town
Durban: Ridhwaan Khan (031) 242 5400,   1st Floor, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor
Pretoria: Arlene Grossberg (012) 302 2811,  1st  Floor, HSRC Building, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria