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
Statements (Click here to view)
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.Back to Top