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07 July 2020

HSRC book launch dialogue to discuss the role of STI policy in responding to emergencies like the COVID-19 outbreak and 4IR transformation

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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Pretoria, Monday 06 July 2020 –  To deliberate on the role of science, technology and innovation (STI) policy in creating sustainable and inclusive social, economic and environmental development, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will host a book launch webinar on Tuesday 7 July 2020 at 10h30.

The dialogue will revolve around the book titled Innovation Policy at the Intersection: Global Debates and Local Experiences, edited by Dr Mlungisi Cele, Prof Thierry Luescher and Dr Angelina Wilson Fadiji. The book was published by the HSRC Press.

Speakers on the day will focus on how policies can create environments conducive to rapid STI responses to emergencies like the COVID-19 outbreak. They will also discuss STI policy environments that speak to ongoing local and global socio-technological shifts and needs, such as those brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Science, technology and innovation finds itself at the intersection of local and global challenges. Therefore, this book argues that a comprehensive rethink in STI policy-making is required – one that takes a systemic view of the varied challenges, and adopts an inclusive and holistic approach to STI policy.
The webinar brings together various views from contributing authors in a robust and timely conversation. They include Prof Thierry Luescher, Dr Mlungisi Cele, Prof Johan Schot, Dr David Phaho, Prof Rasigan Maharajh, and Dr Angelina Wilson Fadiji.

This webinar can only be accessed via the Zoom link: Please download Zoom beforehand.
Details of the Webinar
Date:        07 July 2020
Time:        10h30 to 12h00
Zoom Link:

For more information or to set up interviews, please contact Adziliwi Nematandani, 0827659191, email:

Notes to the Editor

About the book

Information about the book Innovation Policy at the Intersection: Global Debates and Local Experiences can be found on the HSRC Press website:

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 organizations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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