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20 September 2016

250 HSRC researchers gather to find ways of tackling poverty and inequality

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Press Release

To: ALL Media

Att: News Editors

For immediate release

Date: 20 September 2016

Members of the media are invited to attend the official opening of the 2016 Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Social Science Research Conference to be held  under the theme: Poverty and inequality: diagnosis, prognosis, responses.

The two day gathering taking place at Indaba Hotel from 22 to 23 September will feature approximately 250 participants, including the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, astute keynote speakers and panellists as well as HSRC Council Members.

The event boasts around 150 presentations spread across seven parallel sessions and a closing plenary session consisting of reflections on the key themes and further research questions emerging from the discussions in parallel sessions. The vast majority of participants (close to 95%) are researchers working in five different centres of the HSRC across South Africa.

The conference is designed as another step in the process of deepening reflections on the theme of the HSRC strategic plan – ”Poverty and inequality: diagnosis, prognosis, responses.” It is also intended as a space for scholarly and research-based exchanges to take place among all HSRC researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, theoretical orientations, and research programmes/units/centres/institutes.

The objectives of this conference include stimulating collaboration, networking and debate among all HSRC researchers and creating an awareness of the range of current and planned research work in the HSRC. Particular emphasis is on creating opportunities for up-and-coming researchers to present their work and to engage with their colleagues.

The opening session (featuring scholars and thought-leaders of international standing) and the gala dinner will be open to the media. More information about the Gala Dinner will be shared in the next advisory.

Details of the event

Date: 22 September 2016

Time:  11:00 – 13:00

Venue: Kgotla, Indaba Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre, Fourways Johannesburg (William Nicol Drive & Pieter Wenning Road, Fourways, Johannesburg, 2021)

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Issued by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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