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NRF CEO Prof Nelwamondo to give keynote address at Mintek SCi


South Africa’s youngest recipient of the prestigious Harvard-South Africa fellowship, CEO of the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF), Prof Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, is set to deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Mintek-SCi (Science Convention of Innovators).

This dynamic event, scheduled for July 19, will be hosted by Mintek, South Africa’s national mineral research council. Mintek-SCi provides a unique platform for young researchers, postgraduates, and students to showcase their cutting-edge work and innovations.

Prof Nelwamondo has made a significant impact in the fields of Science, Engineering, and Technology. He has received numerous accolades and recognitions, including the prestigious Order of Mapungubwe in Silver, which further underscores his immense contributions to the field. His presence at Mintek-SCi is bound to provide valuable insights and perspectives for participants, making it an event that any young ambitious researcher should look forward to.

Prof Nelwamondo’s presence at Mintek-SCi is a significant part of the symposium. He has contributed immensely to science, engineering, and technology, and received prestigious accolades in addition to having been named South Africa’s Engineer of the Year in 2023, further highlighting his significant impact and influence in the field. 

He comes with a wealth of experience, serving on programme committees for various international conferences. He has led panel discussions on topics ranging from Artificial Intelligence to South Africa's indigenous science and knowledge systems. Prof Nelwamondo has also supervised many PhD students as a visiting professor at the University of Johannesburg.

Talking on this announcement, Mintek CEO, Dr Molefi Motuku stated “We are thrilled to announce that Prof Nelwanondo will be the keynote speaker at Mintek SCi. He serves as an inspiration to countless young researchers striving for success in their respective fields, embodying the pinnacle of achievement that resonates deeply with emerging talent. His profound insights and contributions promise to leave a lasting impact, shaping the trajectories of young researchers for years to come”.

Mintek has opened up this CPD points-bearing symposium at no cost for young researchers under the age of 35. This is aligned with Mintek’s goal of fostering a new generation of scientists and researchers. To be part of Mintek-SCi, young researchers and post-graduates are encouraged to register here.