Good thinking at the CSIR

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been listed as one of the world’s top science and technology think tanks for the first time.

The US-based Think Tanks and Civil Society Program conducts the annual rankings, sifting through almost 6 500 think tanks.

The Pretoria-headquartered CSIR was listed among the top 25 science and technology think tanks, sharing the space with heavyweights such as the Max Planck Institute in Germany, the Santa Fe Institute in the USA and the Institute for Future Technology in Japan.

James McGann, the director of the think tank index, said South Africa as a whole was currently among the top 15 countries in the world when it comes to think tanks. South Africa placed 12th, with 85 think tanks. That places the country just behind Canada and Italy, and just ahead of Brazil and Switzerland.

McCann described think tanks as a “bridge between knowledge and power.” But part of South Africa’s prominence may be less scientific and more due to the need to resolve many of the continent’s political problems: the Institute for Security Studies, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (Accord) and South African Institute for International Affairs were all listed among the world’s top 75 think tanks.

Africa as a whole has increased its share of the worldwide think tank traffic, moving up from eight percent of think tanks in 2009 to 11 percent last year. But it’s not all good news.

Despite the continent-wide boom in think tanks, McGann warned that Africa has ”seen the least activity” in com- parison with the global growth.

For more information, go to www.gotothinktank.com

PW Botha wagged his finger and banned us in 1988 but we stood firm. We built a reputation for fearless journalism, then, and now. Through these last 35 years, the Mail & Guardian has always been on the right side of history.

These days, we are on the trail of the merry band of corporates and politicians robbing South Africa of its own potential.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.

Christina Scott
Guest Author
Advertisting

South Africa has been junked

Treasury says the credit ratings downgrade “could not have come at a worse time”, as country enters a 21-day Covid-19 lockdown with little money saved up

Mail & Guardian needs your help

Our job is to help give you the information we all need to participate in building this country, while holding those in power to account. But now the power to help us keep doing that is in your hands

Press Releases

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world

SAB Zenzele special AGM rescheduled to March 25 2020

New voting arrangements are being made to safeguard the health of shareholders

Dimension Data launches Saturday School in PE

The Gauteng Saturday School has produced a number of success stories