Programme Day 1

DAY 1 | 10 JULY 2017 | DURBAN ICC

07h30-08h15  Networking & Registration

08h15-08h30  Opening remarks | Prof Zodwa Dlamini, DVC, Research, Innovation & Engagements, MUT


This session will provide a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship support to practitioners and researchers in order to share experiences and knowledge on the role and impact of science-technology parks on innovation and entrepreneurship.  Science-technology parks provide a different angle to innovation and entrepreneurship support which incorporates education and training; technology development and transfer, market analysis, finance arrangement and business governance. MUT has identified science and technology parks as a vehicle for promoting and advancing the course of innovations and entrepreneurship in South Africa. This session will further support and supplement provincial innovation initiatives premised on the KZN’s provincial approach which puts technology and innovation at the cornerstone of the company’s success, which is bolstered by partnerships and collaborations with other companies, research centres and institutions. Through the techno-parks, the KZN province wants to promote the knowledge economy, drive socio-economic development and increase competitiveness and growth of companies.

08h30-10h30   Round Table Discussion | Session Chair: Dr Nhlanhla Msomi, CEO of MSQ Health Group & President, AfricaBio


Ms Ludwe Macingwane Fanie  :  Operations Manager, IDZ, East London 

Mr Sisa Njikelana  :  Senior Policy Advisor and Industry Specialist for Global Environment     Facility National Cleaner Production Centre-UNIDO Partnership

Ms Penny Buthelezi  :  Market Advisor, Education & Fintech Sectors, Sub Saharan, Africa

Mr Guilherme Antunes Approbato  :  International Office Coordinator, SUPERA Park, University of Sao Paulo,   Brazil     

Morning Tea

11h00-11h20  The status of NSI in South Africa |  Mr Barlow Manilal, CEO, TIA

11h20-11h40    Strategies by DHET to promote entrepreneurship | Dr Norah Clarke, Chief Director, University Academic   Planning & Management Support University Education Branch, DHET    

11h40-12h10  How the Irish Government created unique entrepreneurial ecosystem | Ms Penny Buthelezi, Market Advisor,   Education & Fintech Sectors, Sub Saharan, Africa  

12h10-12h30  Discussion, questions and answers 



The advent of data science has resulted in a sudden increase in information storage capacity, which is referred to as Big Data. This data revolution has thus opened some new opportunities for simulating complex systems to analyse data of unobserved patterns and unknown relationships. The data mining methods such as Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are gaining traction in Science, Engineering, Commerce and Humanities, globally. Start-up companies across the globe are also developing fast quantum computers which are poised to replace classical computers. It is against this backdrop that researchers at MUT across all faculties need to be at the forefront of technology advancement to solve societal problems, using High Performance Computing (HPC) and data mining methods. MUT as a result will benefit on the latest trends in this field and achieve its goal of being a global player for local impact.

13h30-14h00  Session Chair | Dr Njabulo Gumede, MUT

14h00-14h30   High Performance Computing | Dr Werner Janse van Rensburg, Research Manager Centre for High   Performance Computing  

14h30-15h00   Bioinformatics | Prof Chindo Hicks, Director, LSUHSC’s Bioinformatics and Genomics Research and   Training Program, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Centre, USA

15h00-15h30   Discussion, questions and answers  

Afternoon Tea

15h30-16h30   Closed meeting | MUT and DHS National Conference on Human Settlements Team


Date  : 10 July 2017

Venue  : Durban International Convention Centre

Time  : 18h30-21h00

Attendance  : By Invitation

Through this session, the Research, Innovation and Engagements (RI&E) agenda will focus on the benefits of engagement between institutions of higher learning and the municipalities in driving the research and innovation (R&I) agenda that responds to socio-economic development in SA. The research and innovation engagements will encourage the growth of vibrant and sustainable local economies, and develop regional and national systems of innovation. The eThekwini Municipality has embarked on high impact catalytic projects that require support from a robust and internationally competitive science, technology and innovation (STI) platforms that will be provided by the universities. These relationships and partnerships are essential in building a knowledge-driven economy that directly benefits and improves the social well-being of South Africans.