Welcome to the 7th CSIR Conference

To celebrate our 75-year contribution to research, development and innovation in South Africa, we are bringing you a range of online talks, interviews, virtual tours and webinars, with participation by local and international experts. The conference programme has been designed around nine topics, namely chemicals, health, advanced agriculture and food, manufacturing, mining, defence and security, smart mobility, smart places and next-gen enterprises and institutions. Some special interest sessions have also been scheduled.

Conference attendance comes at no charge, but registration is compulsory. Once registered, you can participate in any session. Join us to learn from, and engage with, some of the world’s foremost experts!

Featured speakers

Prof Dr Gert-Jan Gruter

Chief Technology Officer at Avantium

Mamello Matikinca

Chief Economist at First National Bank

Prof Patrick Soon-Shiong

MD, Chairman and CEO of NantWorks

Dr Ayodele Odusola

Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa

Bernard Swanepoel


Sietse Van Der Woude

Minerals Council Senior Executive: Modernisation and Safety

Sihle Mdluli

Director of Strategy and Corporate Services at Bushveld Minerals

Bongi Ntsoelengoe

Executive Manager for Future Production: Mining at the CSIR