Building South Africa's innovation capacity

The Southern Education and Research Alliance (SERA) embodies an inclusive, strategic alliance that seeks to create the education, research and technology transfer infrastructure and competence needed to significantly contribute to South Africa's global competitiveness.

Founding partners, the CSIR and University of Pretoria - respectively the largest R&D, technology and innovation institution in Africa and one of the largest research universities in the country - share a vision of creating a South African flagship to compete globally in science and technology.

Collaborating locally and abroad, its activities are rapidly and effectively applying knowledge and human resources to the science, engineering and technology value chain to support economic growth and sustainable development, locally and in the region.


African researchers 'struggle' to establish careers
Better support and mentoring is essential to help African graduates build careers on the continent, says a new report.

Better resource allocation with customised computer models
Custom designed computer models are helping developing countries allocate health spending, improve distribution and prepare for disasters.

Trial success may mean 2015 release for malaria vaccine
Results from phase III clinical trials in Africa show a vaccine protects children from malaria, but with a modest efficacy.

Making an impact...
63 collaborative relationships established since SERA's inception - Read more