ASSAf inaugurates new Members
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) inaugurated 27 new Members this week, increasing its Membership to 396, all of whom are recognised as among South Africa’s top scientists. As the official national Academy of South Africa, ASSAf has as its core function the election of the country’s most outstanding scholars to Membership of the Academy. ASSAf Members are drawn from the full spectrum of disciplines.
This year the Academy also elected a Foreign Associate Member, Prof Mohamed Hassan, who is only the second since the Academy’ s inception in 1996. He is the Past President of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Network of African Academies of Science (NASAC) and current Co-chair of the Global Network of Science Academies (IAP).
Hassan was born in Sudan, and holds a PhD in Plasma Physics from Oxford University. From 1980-1986, he was a Professor and Dean in the School of Mathematical Sciences, Khartoum University, Sudan. From 1983-2011, he served as the Executive Director of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) based in Italy. Since 2010, he has served as the Co-chair of the Global Network of Science Academies (IAP). He is a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Islamic World Academy of Sciences.
Hassan has played a critical role in the establishment of science academies on the African continent and championed the founding of the AAS and NASAC. In particular, he assisted ASSAf in its infancy phase by ensuring that it reaped the benefits from capacity building grants, which saw ASSAf playing a crucial role in issues such as water, science education, biosecurity and scientific writing in Africa.
Amongst his other achievements are the championing of the Organisation for Women Scientists in the Developing World, Young Academies and the participation of young scientists in the World Economic Forum, which saw many South African young scientists participating in global scientific debates. Hassan has also played a role in reviewing the Department of Science and Technology’s strategies and prepared a UNESCO 2010 Science Report for sub-Saharan Africa which hailed the South African Science and Technology development within the region.
ASSAf is a self-perpetuating organisation in which new Members are elected each year by the full existing Membership. Members are the core asset of the Academy and give of their time and expertise voluntarily in the service of society.
The new ASSAf Members in 2012 are:
|PROF ALF BOTHA||Professor of Microbiology at Stellenbosch University|
|PROF DUNCAN BROWN||Dean of the Arts Faculty at the University of the Western Cape|
|PROF JANE CARRUTHERS
|Currently has a research position in the Department of History at the University of South Africa in Pretoria.|
|PROF MICHAEL CHERRY||Professor of Zoology at the University of Stellenbosch|
|PROF PUMLA GOBODO-MADIKIZELA
|Senior Research Professor on trauma, forgiveness and reconciliation at the University of the Free State|
|PROF KESHLAN GOVINDER||Dean and Head of School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal|
|PROF MINRIE GREEFF||Professor in research in the Africa Unit for Trans-disciplinary Health Research at the North-West University|
|PROF ADAM HABIB||Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation and Advancement at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa|
|PROF HENRIETTE HAY
|Vice Rector: Academic at the University of the Free State, responsible for teaching, learning and research|
|PROF CHRISTOF HEYNS||Professor of Human Rights Law and Co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria|
|PROF HEIDI HUDSON
|Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of the Free State|
|PROF NELSON IJUMBA||Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and also a Professor of Electrical Engineering|
|PROF KLAUS KOCH||Currently the executive HOD of Chemistry and Polymer Science of this Department at Stellenbosch University, actively maintaining the Platinum Metals Chemistry Research Group of which he was the founder at SU|
|PROF LODEWYK KOCK
|Distinguished Professor at the University of the Free State, Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology|
|PROF SHABIR MADHI||Currently the Executive Director of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases at the National Health Laboratory Services.
Professor of Vaccinology, University of Witwatersrand
DST/NRF Research Chair: Vaccine Preventable Diseases
|PROF THAD METZ
|Humanities Research Professor and Head of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg|
PROF ROBERT MILLAR
|Currently Director of the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria and Director of the UCT/MRC Receptor Biology Group|
|PROF MALOSE MPHAHLELE
|Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of South Africa|
|PROF MARTIN NTWAEABORWA
|Professor of Physics at the University of the Free State|
|PROF HUGH PATTERTON
|Professor and Director: Advanced Biomolecular Research Cluster at the University of the Free State|
|PROF IAN PHIMISTER||Senior Research Professor at the University of the Free State|
|PROF DERESH RAMJUGERNATH
|Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Director of the Thermodynamics Research Unit|
|PROF LYN WADLEY
|Honorary Professor of Archaeology in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also affiliated to the Institute for Human Evolution at the University|
|PROF MELANIE WALKER||Director of Research Training and a Senior Researcher in the EU-funded Marie Curie EDUWEL project (2010-2014) at the University of the Free State|
|PROF HERMAN WASSERMAN
|Professor and Deputy Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University|
|PROF ALAN WEINBERG||Emeritus Professor, who served UNISA for 41 years before retirement. He is currently contracted by the Research Department at UNISA and is assisting with NRF applications, and with initiatives to advance research at the university. He is also working with post-graduate students in the English Department at Wits.|
|PROF CAROLYN WILLIAMSON||Professor and Head of Division of Medical Virology at the University of Cape Town|
|PROF MOHAMED HASSAN||Past President of the African Academy of Sciences and the Network of African Academies of Science and current Co-chair of the Global Network of Science Academies.|