The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2019 South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA). The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women. The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.
The theme for the 2019 SAWiSA is making the fourth industrial revolution work for women. The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) has been defined as technological development that blurs the lines between the physical, digital, and biological systems. It integrates cyber-physical systems and the internet of things, big data and cloud computing, robotics, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing. Compared to previous industrial revolutions, this one is evolving at an exponential rate with potential significant impacts on society and human dynamics. The Humanities and Social Sciences are as critical as the Natural and Engineering Sciences in the 4IR discourse. It is important that the power and potential of all of humanity is unleashed to benefit from the 4IR. Women, who account for more than half of the population of the world have a major role to play.