Italy-South Africa collaboration in research


7th December 2016; 10:00-17:00

Venue: National Research Foundation – Albert Luthuli Auditorium– Pretoria


South Africa and Italy have pursued a successful bilateral research cooperation since 2000. This cooperation has financed numerous joint research projects between researchers which also included the training of students and young researchers. This current bilateral programme is due to end and the two countries have agreed to continue building on the previous success, grow and expand the cooperation. It is in this context that the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Italian Embassy in Pretoria have decided to organise a one day workshop as a platform for all relevant stakeholders to come together and design a future bilateral research programme between the two countries. This workshop, therefore, aims to reinforce the ongoing cooperation between researchers and conceptualise a new phase for a future cooperation.

The workshop is scheduled for 7 December 2016 from 10:00 to 17:00 at the NRF headquarters in Pretoria, as a side-event preceding the Science Forum South Africa of 8-9 December 2016. Participants at this workshop includes (1) researchers who are funded under the current bilateral programme, (2) all the Italian researchers (and Italian SARChI) currently employed in South African universities and research councils and (3) all South African and Italian researchers cooperating under the EU-funded multilateral programmes (i.e. FP7 and H2020).

The workshop emphasises a bottom-up approach in analysing existing research capacities of both countries in order to consider potential for building and reinforcing a more directed and targeted Programme in strategic areas for specific outcomes.

The workshop will be organized in three working sessions as follows:




10:00-10:20 Welcoming Remarks – Mr. Daan du Toit – Deputy Director General – DST

– HE Pietro Giovanni Donnici – Ambassador of Italy



Moderator: Prudence Makhura, NRF

10:20-11:30 Roundtable Discussion with Principle Investigators / Grant-Holders of the mobility and great relevance joint projects funded under the current South Africa / Italy Bilateral Programme. Dr. Isabella Prandoni, INAF (PI – GR Radio Astro)

Dr. Mattia Vaccari, UWC (PI – GR Radio Astro)

Prof. Muzi Ndwandwe, UNIZULU (PI – mobility nanotech)

Prof. Alex Quandt, WITS (PI – GR Green Energy)

Dr. Giulia Esposito, TUKS (PI – mobility biotech)

11:30-11:40 Coffee/Tea Break
11:40-12:00 Questions and Answers Moderator: Ms. Prudence Makhura, NRF



Moderator: Pierguido Sarti, Italian Embassy

12:00-13:15 Roundtable Discussion with Italian researchers (and Italian SARChI) currently employed in South African universities and research councils. Prof Sergio Colafrancesco, WITS

Prof Francesco Petruccione, UKZN

Prof Renzo Perissinotto, NMMU

Prof. Salvatore Mancuso, UCT (NIRC Pres.)

Dr. Anita Virga, WITS (NIRNEP Coord.)



14:15-14:35 Questions and Answers Moderator: Dr. Pierguido Sarti, Italian Embassy



Moderator: Isayvani Naicker, DST

14:35-14:50 Horizon 2020: opportunities for multilateral research Presenter : Caterina Buonocore APRE
14:50-15:50 Roundtable Discussion with all South African and Italian researchers cooperating under the EU-funded multilateral programmes (i.e. FP7 and H2020). Mr. Bob Bond, TUT (SafeWater Africa – H2020)

Dr. Isabella Capurso, Cons. REMEDIA (EWIT – H2020)

Eng. Andrea Sterpellone, Cons. REMEDIA (EWIT – H2020)

Dr. Linda Godfrey, CSIR (EWIT – H2020)

Prof. Mauro Giacca, Director General ICGEB


Coffee/Tea Break

16:00-16:25 Questions and Answers Moderator: Dr. Isayvani Naicker, DST
16:25-16:40 Strengthening Technology, Research and Innovation Cooperation between Europe and South Africa – ESASTAP 2020 Presenter: Ms. Tugela Matubatuba, DST
16:40-17:00 Closing Remarks and Way-forward Mr. Khaya Sishuba, DST


Hosted by H.E. Ambassador Donnici, Italian Ambassador to South Africa

18:00 – 21:00

Italian Ambassador’s Residence, Waterkloof in Pretoria


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