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Dr. Daniel Adams (2011)

Daniel Adams is currently employed as a Chief Director: Emerging Research Areas and Infrastructure, at the Department of Science and Technology, Pretoria, South Africa. His duties and responsibilities include: (a) Provision of strategic direction: develop business plans, budgeting, strategy and policy development; (b) project and people management: a team of two directors and four deputy directors; (c) coordinate programme activities; (d) monitor and evaluate: new and emerging research areas as well as the establishment of national research and cyber infrastructure; (e) responsible for the National Research Equipment Programme – providing financial support for the acquisition of research equipment at traditional universities as well as Universities of Technology and NRF National Research Facilities; (f) National Nanotechnology Equipment programme – financial support for acquisition of research equipment to implement the National Nanotechnology Strategy; (g) implementation of the National Nanotechnology Strategy: development of a nanotechnology research and awareness plan, establishment of a nano Health safety and environmental programme, a nano ethics committee; nano standards committee and (h) roll-out of the national research broadband network, development of the national high performance computing centre.

For the period 1987 to 2007 Daniel Adams was a full academic in the Department of Physics at the University of the Western Cape, where he held full-time positions as professor and research scientist. During his tenure at the university he supervised a number of postgraduate students and established a successful research programme in Bioceramics with emphasis on development and engineering of artificial bone material. Apart from being an active academic Daniel Adams also served as Head of the Department of Physics at UWC for two terms.

His publication track record consists of: 1 patent (co-inventor), 27 accredited journal publications, 16 peer reviewed conference proceedings, 1 Monograph on Silver Metallization and 1 Book Chapter.


The Knowledge Triangle: World-class Infrastructure a Key Requirement

Key to the generation of high-quality competitive research outputs is the availability of world-class infrastructure. This requirement stems from the fact that infrastructure forms an integral part of the knowledge-triangle, namely education and training, research and innovation. These defining elements of the knowledge triangle in turn form the basis of the innovation value chain. We need Research and Development (R&D) infrastructure for knowledge –generation at the upstream-end of the value chain. However at the downstream-end we need infrastructure that could facilitate the knowledge exploitation that is, transforming the R&D – led outputs into products and processes. Some infrastructures are cross-cutting both the knowledge triangle and the innovation value whereas others are very specific in addressing specific needs.

The presentation will give an overview of the infrastructure needs for competitive research and of government’s efforts in steering the infrastructure provision based on the country’s needs, priorities and strategies.