photo-2Dr. Richard Harris has been a member of the Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC) based at Mintek since 2010.  He has been actively working on mineral beneficiation programs with specific focus on mineral nanotechnologies with applications in superalloy development, biological and chemical sensors.  He is also a member of the executive committee of the South African Nanotechnology Initiative (SANi).


“In the year 2000, when they look back at this age, they will wonder why it was not until the year 1960 that anybody began seriously, to move in this direction.” –  Richard P. Feynman, 1960.

With his famous lecture on nanotechnology a few months earlier (“There’s plenty of room at the bottom”) the age of nanotechnology dawned; the age of miniaturization.  Since then, scientists and engineers across the globe have been actively researching and developing nano- science and technology to extract its various benefits to mankind.  In South Africa, the nanotechnology community has been pursuing mineral benefication through nanotechnological research and development with specific focus on materials development-, energy-, water purification- and biotechnology programs.  Nanotechnology will continue to play an important role in the global economy.  It is forecasted that the global market size for nanotechnology products will be 37.3 billion USD by 2017, more than double than its 2012 value of 15.9 billion USD.  The DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre has state-of-the-art nano- and thin-film technologies and facilities. By integrating these cutting-edge technologies with various core competences, the NIC is creating new technologies that provide exciting new solutions for our lives.  In this presentation an overview of some of these advances will be discussed.

Lorren-HaywoodLorren Haywood has specialist knowledge and experience in strategic environmental management, sustainability assessment and reporting, risk management, renewable energy, and the green economy, particularly regarding guidance, practices, policies and legislation; strategies, tools and initiatives, and indicator development. Her current research investigates the transformational change required by business to direct integrated management towards building and maintaining systems resilience.

PROPOSED TOPIC: Integrated Reporting: a tool to facilitate building systems resilience in value creation

Integrated reporting is a tool developed by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) to assist businesses in defining and communicating their value creation strategy in a more integrative way. Value creation refers to the process by which organisations use different forms of capital (financial, manufactured, intellectual, human, social and natural capital) to create value for themselves, their stakeholders, society and the environment. Integrated reporting in turn brings about integrated thinking, which enables an organisation to develop an improved understanding of the material issues affecting its ability to create value over time, and therefore an improved ability to manage emerging risks.

Reana-RossouwReana Rossouw is the owner of Next Generation Consultants, a leading boutique Management and Business Consulting Firm with a wealth of experience in the business development environment. Next Generation Consultants specialist services include, but are not limited to: Sustainable and Socio Economic Development and Reporting; Business and Enterprise Development; Stakeholder and Human Rights Management.

PROPOSED TOPIC: Stakeholder Engagement and Management in the Mining Sector

This presentation will focus on Stakeholder Engagement and Management in the Mining Sector. Particular focus will be paid to evidence of stakeholder responsiveness, inclusivity, accountability and transparency and a number of case studies will be cited.

Franz-Rentel-Profile-picFranz Rentel is the Country Director for South Africa for Climate Neutral Group, a leading Dutch carbon management company. He holds a Masters in Environmental & Resource Management. He has been active in the carbon markets for almost 10 years with diverse roles ranging from developing and sourcing carbon offset projects to working with businesses on their carbon strategies. He believes in bringing together all aspects of sustainability, innovating and then selling the posititive business case.

PROPOSED TOPIC: Reducing emissions and carbon tax as an incentive to ‘go-green’