Registration open: Supporting Researchers: From Research to Commercialisation Online Course


Supporting Researchers: From Research to Commercialisation Online Course
20-21 June 2024

Offered by SARIMA, this course bridges the gap between Research Management (RM), Technology Transfer (TT) and Innovation Management (IM), essential for supporting researchers from R&D project inception to commercialisation. This course covers key concepts and support needs, and provides an overview of the R&D to impact route. 
Who should attend this course:
Anyone wishing to improve their understanding of the importance and process of Research & Innovation Management. This includes:

Junior staff in R&I management functions

Staff tasked with setting up a new research office or tech transfer office

Academic staff who would like to gain knowledge about the management of research and innovations

Researchers who may be considering a career in research management or tech transfer

Other university professional support staff who work with the research office or tech transfer office.

 Please share this opportunity with those who might be interested! 

Date: 20-21 June 2024
Please register by Friday, 14 June (15:00 SAST)
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Cost: R3156.52 (member) and R4010.44 (non-member, includes SARIMA membership for 1 year)
Please note: This course is Virtual. The joining instructions to the workshop will be sent a day before the event. Prices are listed excl. of VAT.
Cynthia Motsi

Dr Cynthia Motsi is currently the Senior Manager: Intellectual Property Management & Commercialisation at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and has over 10 years’ experience in the IP management and commercialisation value chain, during which she has been a key strategic, functional, and operational decision maker. Her role is to ensure that IP is protected from idea generation to commercial products and services. She supports all 10 ARC campuses by developing and implementing strategies for the management of IP and commercialisation of the ARC’s research and development outputs which includes amongst others, assessment of novelty and market access of the potential IP, compliance with relevant legislation on research agreements and the negotiation of commercialisation agreements. Prior to joining the ARC, she worked at Technology Innovation Agency and Tshwane University of Technology. She holds a PhD in Botany specialising in Molecular Systematics from University of Johannesburg, an LLB from UNISA and is currently an Executive MBA candidate.

Palesa Natasha Mothapo
Dr Palesa Natasha Mothapo is currently the Director of Research Support and Management and Acting Senior Director: Mandela International Office at Nelson Mandela University. Palesa holds a Ph.D degree in Zoology focus on Invasion Biology from Stellenbosch University, a specialist myrmecologist with 6 years’ experience internationally as a postdoc in ant community ecology and applied entomology. In recent years she received the following qualifications: a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Management from George Mason University, a diploma in Public Management from the University of California Davis and has earned certificates in Environmental Law and Biostatistics from the University of Pretoria. In her pursuit of understanding higher education policies and research metrics, Palesa is currently pursuing a second Master’s degree in Science and Technology Studies at Stellenbosch University. Notable among her achievements, she is a 2023 DST-SARIMA Early Career Excellence Awardee, 2023-204 IREX University Administration and Support Leadership Fellow, a 2020 InspiringFifty Women in STEM awardee. Palesa is actively engaged in Communities of Practice, focusing on employability and entrepreneurship in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa, She is a STEM mentor, the founder companies including the Pan-African Postdoc Network, ULG Agri, and the NGO Youth Social Press, and she is a research coach and academic statistician.
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