Ms. Natalie Vlotman is a Chief Researcher in the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII). She holds an M.Sc. in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Ecology; both from the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
Before joining the HSRC in November 2003, she was a Research Assistant to the Dean of Community and Health Sciences (UWC) and in addition she undertook a variety of contractual jobs including facilitating undergraduate lectures and practical demonstrations, tutoring life science undergraduate students and participated in an environmental impact assessment exercise for the Cape Metropolitan Council.
Her areas of research interest include: the annual National Research and Experimental Development (R&D) survey where she manages the Higher education and Not-for-profit sectors. She holds a wide range of expertise in research design, questionnaire development, database management, data collection & analysis as well as strategic planning and project management.
She is part of the team that compiles and submit South African R&D data to the OECD/MSTI for publication. Ms. Vlotman has been involved in providing training to Nepad / ASTI and several delegates from African countries on science, technology and innovation (STI) indicators.
Ms. Vlotman's publication record spans the co-authoring several journal articles and client reports.