The RICS programme is run by the CSIR Innovation Leadership and Learning Academy (CiLLA) and was designed in the form of a seminar series to enhance CSIR colleagues’ research capabilities. It debunks the myth of research as a mysterious activity by developing specific research skills through careful development of the steps of doing knowledge-generating research. Upon completion of the 14 seminars, participants are empowered to confidently undertake research that would meet the international standards of peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
Based on the first group’s feedback, the course has been repackaged to only take you a few weeks to complete, rather than a whole year of monthly seminars, without losing any valuable content.
I now have tools required to tackle complex research projects systematically and to identify areas where a contribution is possible – RICS participant
The programme will still be ended off with delegates participating in the annual “Greatness in Science” event, at the end of the year. The programme was developed by Professor Dewald Roode, one of South Africa’s leading research professors who has supervised over 50 Phd’s, written many published papers, sits on many editorial committees of local and international journals and is internationally renowned for his work in the field of Information Systems. ]
He is also the 2008 international award winner of the prestigious AIS LEO Award for Exceptional Lifetime Achievement in Information Systems! This award is said to be on the same level as the Nobel Prize. The feedback from participants has been very positive, with some participants saying that this is a course that should be compulsory for every employee doing research at the CSIR.