Professional Bodies (proSET)
What is proSET?
proSET is a membership sector of the NSTF consisting of professional bodies and learned societies in science, engineering, technology (SET) and SET education.
Download the proSET members’ booklet, a useful resource on the SET professional landscape.
What does proSET do?
proSET General Meetings are held once a year to update proSET members on the activities carried out by the proSET Committee on behalf of the membership, as well as other business as set out on the agenda.
Delegate registration information:
proSET was previously known as SETAG (Scientific, Engineering, Technological Societies and Allied Professions Group of South Africa). SETAG resulted from a merger between the memberships of NSTF and the AS&TS Trust (Associated Scientific and Technical Societies of South Africa) in 2003. SETAG was active from 2003 to 2010, during which time it was renamed as proSET. The proSET sector of the NSTF was revived in 2012. A new proSET Committee was elected, after a dormant period of about two years. proSET is not a separate legal entity. It is governed by the founding documents of the NSTF.
As a sector of the NSTF, proSET hosts one Discussion Forum (previously called proSET Presidents’ Forum) focusing of issues of cross-cutting interest to the proSET member organisations. See Discussion Forums, where proSET forums are listed as part of NSTF events.
The proSET Committee meets three times a year. Following is a list of the current Committee members:
Member Credentials and Contribution
Mr Dawie Botha
Co-chair and main proSET representative on NSTF Exco South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE)
Pof Syamala Krishnannair
Co-chair and alternative representative on NSTF Exco South African Council for Automation and Control – SACAC
Mr Johan Maartens
Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control (SAIMC)
Dr Bertus Smith
Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA)
alternate to Dr Syamala Krishnannair on the NSTF Exco
Prof Tobias Barnard
Water Institute of Southern Africa – WISA
Prof Khathutshelo Nephawe
South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions – SACNASP
Mr Tony Parry
Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa - IITPSA
Prof Elizabeth Mavhunga
Southern African Association for Research of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education -SAARMSTE
Mr Richard Gundersen
Main rep: STEMulator
Dr Gerda Botha
Alternate rep: STEMulator
Ms Jansie Niehaus
NSTF Executive Director, ex officio
During 2011, the NSTF worked with the former AS&TS Trustees and Directors to transfer the AS&TS Trust funds to the NSTF. (Previously the funds had been dormant for many years.) This money is ring fenced for proSET use for projects consistent with the NSTF’s and the old AS&TS Trust’s mandates. (Both these mandates are very similar).
The proSET Committee decides on how funds will be used, depending on the trustees/directors’ approval. The AS&TS Trust fund is managed by the NSTF Secretariat and audited yearly.
Organisations that are NSTF members under the proSET sector can apply annually for project grants. There are specific criteria for these project grants.
The member organisation must meet the following requirements:
The projects must meet the following requirements:
The following factors are also considered:
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