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This section is dedicated to ASSAf Members. A password is required to access this section.




Evidence-based study project activities form the core of the Academy’s function and are a key area of future development



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National Liaison

National liaison activities focus on promoting science in the country. The following activities are included:

  • ASSAf/TWAS Prize for Young Scientists
  • Sydney Brenner Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Lectures

To this end, the ASSAf/TWAS Prize for Young Scientists was awarded and two Sydney Brenner Postdoctoral Fellowships awarded and administered. ASSAf also issued two public statements on the Importance of Teaching Evolution in South African Schools and a second on Xenophobic Attacks.

ASSAf provides the secretariat for the Committee of Heads of Organisations for Research and Technology (COHORT).

Young Scientist Activities

ASSAf has been actively promoting young scientists’ awards and activities. During the past year, support was granted to two young outstanding scientists, Dr Bernard Slippers and Professor Thokozani Majozi to attend the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China in September 2009. ASSAf nominated Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, who was successfully awarded the prestigious AAS/TWAS Microsoft Award. Dr Bernard Slippers was nominated to attend the launch of the Global Young Academy (GYA) in Berlin, Germany from 13 to 14 February 2010 and was subsequently elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the newly established GYA.

Regional Public Lectures

ASSAf partners with other organisations with local chapters to offer public lectures on a range of topics in the principal South African cities. The lectures are widely advertised and generally well attended. Regional lectures took place in Cape Town, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

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