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National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Sciences (NITheCS)

The National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Sciences (NITheCS) is part of the South African science, technology and innovation landscape. The Institute is supported among others by the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP), the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF).   

The Institute’s activities are specific to eight thematic areas in which applied science is fostered, and its emphasis is on moving science from research to impact. 

South Africa’s research capabilities depend on supporting scientists with programmes and activities relating to underlying scientific principles and recent achievements. Sustaining the foundational role of the theoretical and computational sciences requires a collaborative effort by among others the scientific community, relevant government organisations, academia and research institutes, as well as private sector financial supporters. As such, NITheCS also has a vital role in transforming society and driving forward the scientific understanding among all societal groups.  

Some of the activities through which NITheCS conducts its work include regular colloquiums and mini-schools, internships, summer schools, other presentations and networking opportunities. Among others, NITheCS also encourages visits from local and international scientists, supports bursary holders, facilitates research opportunities and encourages community service.   

Key Strategic Objectives 
The key strategic objectives of NITheCS are to: 
  • achieve equitable participation of all SA communities in its activities,  
  • support the pipeline of students from undergraduate through postgraduate to postdoctoral research and their early career development,
  • help strengthen basic scientific endeavour in the country, 
  • support historically disadvantaged institutions (HDIs),
  • address socio-economic development through training and research, and 
  • support major science programmes. 

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