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15 September 2023

Scores of young and emerging academics will descend on the Mother City to share insights on intractable national and global challenges

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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Human Sciences Research Council

Cape Town, Friday, 15 September 2023 – Hundreds of young and emerging scholars, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and students will convene in Cape Town’s Lagoon Beach hotel from Monday, 18 September 2023, for the 2023 Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Research Conference.

Titled, Next Generation Insights on Intractable National and Global Challenges, the 2023 HSRC Research Conference aims to foster innovative thinking, facilitate knowledge exchange, and inspire creative solutions to South Africa, the African continent, and the Global South’s most complex and intractable challenges.

Chido Mpemba from the African Union Youth Envoy will deliver the keynote address on the first day.

Emerging researchers will share research that responds to real-world concerns. As the next generation of social science researchers, presenting their work at the conference will also help develop their science communication capabilities.

The HSRC’s senior researchers will act as mentors before and during the conference to support the capacity development and growth of emerging researchers.

The three-day conference will provide HSRC researchers from the level of research specialist and below, graduate students, and early career lecturers from universities with an opportunity to present their research through creative, well-prepared presentations, and to serve as co-chairs and discussants with senior HSRC researchers, who will also serve as critical observers during the conference.

On the second day, Prof Musawenkosi Saurombe, the youngest female PhD on the African continent and now an associate professor in Human Resource Management and Industrial Psychology at the University of Johannesburg will address the topic, “Taking your place in the academy”.

Prof Thabo Msibi, dean and head of the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, will deliver an address titled “The role of young academics in addressing the challenges of this generation of young people in South Africa”.

On the third and final day, Prof Patricia Hill Collins, a distinguished university professor of sociology emerita at the University of Maryland, College Park in the US, will address the topic of “Intersectional youth-led intellectual activism”.

Historically, the HSRC Research Conference has been a biennial research conference aimed at showcasing the HSRC’s work and contributing to the landscape of research and innovation. However, the last HSRC conference was held in 2018 as the one planned for 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Details of the seminar:

Date:                 18–20 September 2023

Time:                 9h30

Venue:              Lagoon Beach Hotel and Conference Centre, Cape Town

Links:                 Day1:


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About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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