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26 May 2019
Monday, 28 July 2014 19:20

SARIMA Conference report back
The Southern African Research & Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) hosted the SARIMA Conference 2014 in Gaborone, Botswana from 6 to 10 July 2014. It was a great success. More than 300 delegates from 15 countries attended the SARIMA Conference 2014. Nineteen people from eight countries in the DRUSSA project attended.
A DRUSSA-led Discussion session on ‘Communication and the Uptake of Research’ explored how research managers increasingly have to carry out university research output and research utilization assessment as an integral part of their jobs, and this discussion session was well attended.
Further topics discussed included where the professional science communication skills required would best be located – in the research office, in the university public relations office, or in faculty offices. Dr. Peter Taylor of the IDRC’s Think Tank Initiative plenary presentation, entitled ‘ Influencing the Agenda: Putting Evidence into Action’, was of particular interest to Universities engaged in Research Uptake.
Dr. John Simwinga of University of Zimbabwe and Prof Shaun Pather of Cape Peninsula University of Technology both presented on progress in institutionalizing Research Uptake Management at their respective DRUSSA universities.
For more about this, read the full blog.