VAAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY TO HOST AN EVENT TO FOSTER AND CELEBRATE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
13 October 2023
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) will on the 8th of November 2023 at its Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park in Sebokeng, host an event to foster research and innovation – key pillars of the University.
Organised under the auspices of the University’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO) in collaboration with the Technology Station for Materials and Processing Technologies (TSMPT), the event will also coincide with an award ceremony to recognize and celebrate staff members who continue to strive to raise the VUT flag in the innovation space.
The event also aims to resuscitate the Intellectual Property (IP) and Commercialisation awareness with internal stakeholders, focusing strongly on the approved IP and Commercialisation policies, processes, procedures used for the translation of research to market; allay concerns, engage with fellow colleagues, and introduce/reintroduce TSMPT platforms to staff members; and recognize the efforts of individuals that have meaningfully contributed towards the creation of IP and innovation within VUT.
Additionally, the event plans to encourage applied research and innovation within VUT; create awareness on the capabilities of VUT Additive Manufacturing platforms and foster greater innovation, by emphasizing the importance of turning to collaborative work where VUT stakeholders pool their knowledge and perspectives to learn and innovate faster.
The event will consist of two parts; part one of the event will be an awareness session on IP, commercialisation and the national and institutional policies, and part two will be on recognising researchers who have contributed to innovation within the VUT. Awardees will receive an award for their invaluable contributions to the advancement of research and innovation and will be announced during the event. The categories are as follows:
A. Recognition for Scientific Innovation
Scientific Innovation is based on advanced knowledge generated by science students, academics and professionals, which are used in the creation of a new idea, the understanding or discovery of a new scientific concept and the creation of a new device, process or product. This should be a result of research & development together with experimentation which is science-based.
B. Recognition for Technological Innovation
Technological Innovation involves new or improved tools that result in problem solving through their novel application, thereby enhancing the outcome of a particular process from the use of such equipment or implements.
C. Recognition for Creative Innovation
The cultural and creative industries are significant to innovation because they are primarily based on innovative ideas which produce a multitude of new products and services. Creative individuals are at the heart of cultural and creative industries. Through talent, skill, entrepreneurship, and IP, creative individuals generate new jobs and companies, as well as assist in the maturing of industries re-tool for the future. The Award for Creative Innovation rewards individuals in Management Sciences who are instrumental to the creation or have an excellent combination of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The contribution can be a new product, innovation of a process or a new way of working.
D. Special Award
A Special Award will also be given to the Emerging Innovator which is chosen by the Adjudicating Committee.
“Innovation is now at the forefront of every business and enterprise, thereby accentuating the importance of intellectual property in the success and sustainability of institutions. In an era of continuously evolving and expanding technology, the need for increased efforts in research and innovation within the university cannot be over emphasized. At the same time there are researchers that have relentlessly headed the call for increased innovation by continuedly generating and working towards the generation of intellectual property within the university”, commented Mrs Martha Ikome, an IP Advisor and Acting Senior Manager for Technology Transfer Office at VUT.
As a key stakeholder in the Southern Gauteng region, VUT aspires to become a nexus for research and innovation collaborations, with outcomes that will lead to a vibrant innovation ecosystem and commercially viable IP.