National Photonics Strategy for South Africa
This document sets forth a strategy for Photonics RDI in South Africa, which will be referred to as the Photonics Initiative of South Africa (PISA). The strategy is a result of an extensive consultative process, which included:
The strategy document provides background to Photonics as a discipline and its interaction with other disciplines, a situational analysis of the current state of Photonics in South Africa,
- Analyses of the local photonics environment by a various working groups.
- International benchmarking studies.
- Focused mini workshops and meetings.
- A national workshop involving industry, academia and science councils on the 5 and 6th August 2008.
with a specific focus on research, human capital development and commercial activities as well as global trends in Photonics. Further, the role of Photonics is explained within the context of the National System of Innovation. The strategy sets forth a vision for PISA: "To position South Africa as a globally competitive player in Photonics. " The mission of PISA is
: "To harness the potential presented by Photonics in the development of human capital, stimulation of multidisciplinary basic and applied research as well as creation of economic opportunities for South Africa and the region". National Photonics Strategy for South Africa. Version 3.0