CSIR statistician Paul Mokilane won the Best Track Paper Award at the 2018 First African International Conference for Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, held in Pretoria, recently. Paul's paper titled: Long-term electricity demand forecasting using a generalised additive mixed quantile averaging (GAMMQV) model forms part of his PhD research and was presented in the Energy Track of the conference.
Statistics has entered almost every aspect of human endeavour from sport to weather, health, population growth rate, agriculture, housing, schooling, unemployment and the stock market.
At the centre of statistics lies data. This entails designing ways to collect, summarise, visualise, present and draw inferences from data. This data is then used for better planning, more efficient delivery of services and increased productivity.
The Norwegian Minister for Research and Higher Education, Iselin Nybø, and members of her delegation, who included high-level leaders of Norwegian universities and research institutes, were recently in the country to hold discussions with their South African counterparts to strengthen relations in the areas of research and higher education.
The CSIR has submitted formal comments to the DoE on the draft IRP 2018.
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Summary for Policymakers of its Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, on 8 October 2018. CSIR chief scientist Prof Francois Engelbrecht attended the launch event in Korea, where he delivered an address on the impacts of global warming on tropical cylone intensities.
A host of entrepreneurs and stakeholders joined the CSIR Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) team for an SMME sharing session on Friday, 21 September. The BIDC hosts quarterly accelerator sessions that provide a networking platform in biomanufacturing, as well as allow sharing of best practice and individual entrepreneurial journeys and success stories.
The CSIR-developed algae wastewater treatment technology has proven successful at two sites in South Africa and is ready to be exported.
The CSIR Annual Report and ScienceScope each took the second runner-up spot in their respective categories at the SA Publications Awards, which were held on 14 September, in Centurion.