The IFK focuses on seven themes, each championed by a research group: Blockchain and the Cryptoverse (BC), Data Science across Disciplines (DSAD), Decentralised Artificial Intelligence and Control Systems (DAICS), the Future of Diplomacy (FoD), the Future of Health (FoH), Green Futures (GF) and Work of the Future (WoF).
Green Futures seeks to positively understand, appreciate and harness earth’s plant life and the socio-ecosystems they interact with for the betterment of humanity and nature. The Group draws on a range of disciplines, not limited to science, and has a firm grounding in sociology, history and policy. At the core of the Group is research on the generation of green energy, renewable energy, and energy storage, and it will be researching South Africa’s transformation from coal to clean energy. The Group is also championing climate change in the 4IR and hydropolitics (water politics) in the region. GF contributes to the UN’s SDG 7: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all; and SDG 6: “Clean water and sanitation for all”.