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18 April 2019 | Story Rulanzen Martin

The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice IRSJ) has initiated a Social Justice Week at the University of the Free State (UFS), which started on Friday 12 April  until Wednesday 17 April 2019. 

Ten key events took place during the week. It ranged from dialogues, workshops, talk shows, debates, and interactive displays and events on issues of multilingualism and diversity, social innovation, engaged scholarship, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, gender sensitisation, sexual consent, sexual preparedness, universal access, disability, anti-discrimination, and security.

There was also a round-table discussion on 17 April 2019 with various UFS stakeholders on off-campus student security as well as an inter-institutional discussion on the same topic. The UFS Debating Society will take on the topic of the UFS Language Policy, while Olga Barends from the Free State Centre for Human Rights will host a dialogue on sexual consent.

The IRSJ has also designed and implemented SOJO-VATION: Social Innovation/ Social Change, which strives to create a foundational platform where ideas of social justice, innovation, and engaged scholarship at the UFS and in society can be hosted. SOJO-VATION partners with the Office for Student Leadership, Development, and Community Engagement.

The collaborating partners for the Social Justice Week includes various UFS stakeholders such as the Sasol library, the Gender and Sexual Equity Office, UFS Protection Services, the Free State Centre for Human Rights, the Student Representative Council (SRC), the Office for Student Leadership Development, Kovsie Innovation, GALA, the FFree State Centre for Human Rights, SRC Associations, the Office for Student Governance, Kovsie Innovate, Start-Up-Grind, EVC, EBL, Community Engagement, the Institutional Transformation Plan (ITP) Dialogues Office, Residence Dialogues, UFS Debating Society, Debate Afrika!, the Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS), and the Gateway Office. 

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NanoAfrica2012 to be held at the UFS
2011-12-05

The University of the Free State (UFS) will host the 4th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoAfrica2012) from 1-4 April 2012. The conference is co-organised by the Department of Physics at UFS and the South African Nanotechnology Initiative (SANi). 

The theme of the conference is Nanostructured Materials for Industrial and Social Development. The conference is aimed at covering a wide variety of topics ranging from fundamental research to technological applications of nanostructured materials. High-profile international specialists from countries such as Germany, Spain, the USA and India will be presenting plenary lectures.
 
For more information, please visit the conference webpage (www.ufs.ac.za/nanoafrica) or contact Prof. Martin Ntwaeaborwa (conference chair) at ntwaeab@ufs.ac.za.

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