World IP day is celebrated annually on the 26th of April, initiated by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). This year’s theme was “Digital Creativity: Culture Re-imagined”, which aimed to raise awareness of intellectual property rights in digital works.
RC&I hosted a meme competition on social media over a number of months to celebrate World IP Day. This presented a wonderful opportunity to educate staff and students on copyright in digital works.
The competition ended on 1 August and we received a total of 19 valid entries. The winners were announced at a lunch time event on Upper Campus on 10 August. We had two winners: Nigel Patel won the category Most Popular Meme, and Ryan Griffiths won the category Most Creative Meme. Dr Tobias Schonwetter of UCT’s IP Law Unit presented a very informative talk on copyright in memes, adaptation of copyrighted works, and creative commons.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all who participated and NIPMO for sponsoring the initiative!
National Science Week (NSW) is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) held annually in all nine provinces of South Africa to celebrate science and technology. This year NSW ran from 8 to 13 August and the theme was “Science for Sustainable Development and Improved Quality of Life”.
NSW officially launched on 6 August at UWC with a speech by minister Naledi Pandor.
Tuesday 7 June heralded the annual Innovation Evening held by RC&Ias an acknowledgement of UCT inventors and celebration of their achievements. For the evening, a number of UCT stakeholders are invited along with all current UCT Inventors to hear about the 2015 highlights and for some Inventors to receive their South African patent certificates, NIPMO certificates and Inventor Mugs.
Two UCT staff members received national acclaim on Thursday 19 May 2016 for their contribution to research and innovation management in Southern Africa. Dr Revel Iyer and Francois Oosthuizen jointly won the Department of Science and Technology and Southern African Research and Innovation Management Excellence Award for Early Career Innovation Management.