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SARIMA's 2013 Conference took place from 8 to 10 October at the Protea President Hotel in Bantry Bay, Cape Town.
SARIMA strives to create a platform for the promotion and facilitation of research and innovation management in Southern Africa. It does so through, amongst others, professional development and capacity building opportunities for people working in the field. The conference is one of the highlights on SARIMA`s annual calendar. This year`s conference was the biggest thus far – with more than 400 delegates from more than 17 countries. It was an opportunity for networking and to share ideas on best practice in terms of processes and functions – all in an effort to strengthen one of the main aims in this profession – to contribute, through the support we provide, to the effectiveness of our most important clients – the researchers within our respective institutions.
Various pre-conference workshops took place on the 7th:
Invited speakers were Michael Owen from the University of Ontario (Institute of Technology) in Canada and Phyl Specer of Foresight Science and Technology in Northern California.
We were fortunate enough to have ten exhibitors and eight sponsors. SARIMA would once again like to extend a warm thank you to these institutions for their involvement and contributions.
Our annual conference is also a way of saying thank you for the support and dedication from members of the research and innovation community as well as from our supporting agencies. The diverse set of abstracts that were received is testimony to the fact that the conference is seen as a very important event in SARIMA’s annual calendar and that the topics are seen as relevant. More importantly, the abstracts received show that delegates all over Southern Africa have a voice and a contribution to make in order to promote best practice. It also creates the opportunity to stay on track with the latest developments in the field of research and innovation management, and to actively take part in discussions around research development and support for the R&I systems in Southern Africa.
SARIMA’s 2014 Conference is taking place in Gaborone, Botswana. Please visit the conference website http://www.sarimaconference.co.za - it is promised to again be a vibrant and thought provoking event! Not to be missed!
Prof Aldo Stroebel
|President||Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association|
Dear SARIMA Members and Colleagues
The Association has positioned itself over the past 11 years as an influential and notable platform to engage strategically with the many and variable aspects of research and innovation management, especially in the African context. It is one of the few similar associations that endeavour for an inclusive approach to all aspects of the R&I value chain. Through consistent efforts of all its members, the impact of a variety of initiatives is tangible across multiple domains.
Bridging the divides between higher education, industry, independent researchers, sponsors and policymakers, SARIMA understands the critical importance of networks to ensure impact, and works closely with a number of professional research management associations across the globe to engage in discourse and find effective ways of collaborating. Key role players have come on board and are active members of the network, including the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU, a founding partner), the Society for Research Administrators International (SRA), and the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). SARIMA has also made significant contributions to promoting the development of research and innovation management in the African and developing contexts, including the West African (WARIMA), Central African (CARIMA), East African (EARIMA), and Caribbean (CabRIMA) Research and Innovation Management Associations.
As the links between research and socio-economic development become increasingly clear, the question of whether science can contribute has given way to the question of how science can contribute to the betterment of society. The “big” challenges facing the modern day global community (as reflected in the MDGs) are complex, systemically rooted and have proved to be over time strikingly difficult to surmount. The solutions to these challenges will thus not likely be identified through small-scale efforts investigated in isolated environments, however well-intentioned such efforts may be. What are required are powerful and well-resourced trans- and interdisciplinary collaborations which have the potential to disrupt the status quo and identify sustainable solutions. Regardless of how the Post-2015 agenda is framed and articulated, the challenges will remain by-and-large the same. Going forward, society must still find viable, long-term solutions for inter alia the eradication of poverty and hunger, access to quality education and health, as well as environmental sustainability.
However, to date the skills and resources needed to research and interrogate the challenges remain unevenly spread and primarily located in the global north; whilst the populations most affected by these conditions remain primarily located in the global south. In order to identify solutions that address the core systemic factors perpetuating societal challenges, synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships between researchers with the appropriate skills and those with embedded contextual understanding are becoming increasingly crucial (although not yet widespread).
SARIMA has undoubtedly left an indelible mark, especially in the developing domain, on the constantly evolving, and emerging ‘discipline’, of research and innovation management. The internationalisation of research-related organisations will continue to receive significant attention in the foreseeable future, as research itself, and the knowledge economy, is becoming increasingly global.
It is certain that SARIMA’S networks should continuously evolve and grow in alignment with the needs and expansion of the communities it seeks to serve. The Association’s future value resides within its ability to respond appropriately to the key issues and big questions from this vantage point.
SARIMA should timeously respond and be proactive to harness the growth and continuous development of an emerging field of interest into an acknowledged, respected and eminently necessary area of impact. The Association has managed to align its goals to be responsive to the variety of needs of both its developing and developed partners, and in a relatively short space of time.
As President of SARIMA, and with an eminently qualified and experienced Executive Committee, we look forward to further engage with our stakeholders, and especially our members, for a continued growth trajectory of the Association, contextualised by society’s needs.
Prof Aldo Stroebel