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"As we go forward, we will seek to be transactional in maintaining and strengthening the governance architecture, but we will also be transformational as we prepare the citizens for the new economy that requires the development of new parameters in education, innovation, and enterprise", - His Excellency, Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia

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NCRST and NAFIN sign memorandum of understanding

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Natural Science Research

 

Natural Sciences: Aims to develop and manage research facilities to support the implementation of the National Research Programme. Objectives are:

  • Conducting of RSTI Infrastructure Survey and formulation of the national strategy for RSTI Infrastructure;
  • Coordinate formulation of the National Space Science Strategy and its implementation;
  • Coordinate the development of Indigenous Knowledge Systems strategy and its implementation.

 

National Research, Science, Technology and Innovation Infrastructure (RSTII) 

The envisaged National Strategy for RSTI Infrastructure will be the basis for a long-term plan that aims to establish Research, Science, Technology and Innovation Infrastructures in Namibia as a foundation for excellent research and to position Namibia research in a coordinated manner.

 

RSTII Activities:

  1. 1. National RSTII infrastructure needs analysis/survey

Mapping of the Research, Science, Technology and Innovation Infrastructure in Namibia is a nationwide initiative conducted through an analysis survey by the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST).The main aim of surveying the existing RSTII facilities in Namibia is to take stock of existing research and development facilities in Namibia and to identify existing gaps that could be addressed by the National RSTI Infrastructure Strategy and other related national frameworks.  The outcome of the survey will inform the development of the National RSTI Infrastructure Strategy that will be developed in consultation with stakeholders.

 

2. National RSTI Infrastructure Strategy

The NCRST is in the process of developing a National Strategy for RSTI Infrastructure that will ensure stakeholders access.  The National Strategy on RSTI Infrastructure will be formulated in consultation with stakeholders and based on the mapping & inventory of research infrastructure nationwide. The first consultative workshop is scheduled in February 2016.

 

Space Science

Space Science and Astronomy have been identified as research priority areas in the National Programme on Research Science, Technology and Innovation. As part of implementation, the Department of Innovation and Technology Development within the NCRST embarked on the process of developing Namibia Space Science and Astronomy Strategy. The strategy will also help to streamline all space related activities within the country and beyond.

 

Space Science Activities:

1. Namibia Space Science and Astronomy Strategy:

NCRST is in the process of developing the Namibian Space Science and Technology Strategy. A stakeholder’s workshop was held from 18 to 19 November 2015 to identify thematic areas and to seek inputs for inclusion in the formulation of Namibia Space Science and Astronomy Strategy. The workshop was facilitated by a team from the Department of Science and Technology in South Africa as per the signed Namibia South Africa Plan of Action 2015/2016.

 

2. China Manned Space Engineering Programme:

Namibia and China (China Manned Space Engineering Program) have renewed the cooperation/main Agreement which was initially signed in 2000. The renewed agreement will facilitate continuation of operations at the satellite Tracking and Command Station in Swakopmund. As per the agreement, training will be availed to Namibians within the field of space science for training in China.

 

3. High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S):

The High Energy Stereoscopic System is an observatory for studying Very High Energy (VHE) gamma-ray astrophysics. The instrument allows scientists to explore gamma-ray sources with intensities at a level of a few thousandths of the flux of the Crab nebula (the brightest steady source of gamma rays in the sky).  The H.E.S.S observatory is located near the Gamsberg Mountains on the outskirts of Windhoek, an area known for its excellent optical quality. H.E.S.S is seen in the world as a most unique astronomy and astrophysics experiment which has brought about a multitude of new discoveries in the field. The H.E.S.S telescopes rank among the first ten best telescopes among all types of telescopes in the world.

 

4. Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Africa:

The SKA project is an international effort to build the world's largest radio telescope, with a square kilometre (one million square metres) of collecting area throughout the entire continent. Namibia is a partner country in hosting the SKA due to its clear skies and conducive environment for Astronomy. The scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in both engineering and research & development towards building and delivering a radio telescope, and will deliver a correspondingly transformational increase in science capability when operational.

 

INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM (IKS)

Development of National Indigenous Knowledge System:

Indigenous Knowledge System (IKS) have attracted the attention of many people in both developed and developing countries. As policies and legislative frameworks are developed, the importance of both identifying and protecting indigenous knowledge is receiving increased attention from policy makers all over the world.

IKS have been identified as research priority areas in the National Programme on Research Science, Technology and Innovation. As part of implementation, the Department of Innovation and Technology Development embarked on the process of developing National IKS Policy. The National Policy on IKS will serve as an enabling framework that stimulates and strengthens the contribution of indigenous knowledge to social and economic development in Namibia.

 

IKS Activities:

1. Development of IKS Policy

NCRST is in the process of developing the Namibian IKS policy in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa. The development of IKS policy will be done in consultation with stakeholders.

2. Documentation of Indigenous Knowledge

This project is executed by NCRST in collaboration with University of Namibia and Namibian University of Science and Technology.

3. Establishment of National IKS database

This project is executed by NCRST in collaboration with University of Namibia and Namibian University of Science and Technology.