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Leopoldina German National Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce that nominations may now be submitted to the Leopoldina Study Centre for the Georg Forster Research Award granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The prize is awarded to enable colleagues from transition countries to conduct research in Germany and to collaborate more closely with colleagues from Germany. For additional information, visit: Georg Forster Research Award (http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/georg-forster-award.html)

The Sudanese National Academy of Sciences (SNAS) and the Academy of Sciences of South Africa (ASSAf) held a workshop on the Impacts of Artisanal Gold Mining in Khartoum, Sudan on 2 and 3 September, 2014.
Click here to download report

The IAP SEP 2014 Biennial International Conference was held in Beijing on 28-30 October 2014, hosted by the Commission on Education for Children of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), the China National Commission for UNESCO, the Children and Youth Science Centre (CYSC) of CAST, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The International Conference attracted more than 130 speakers and participants from 19 countries.

The Royal Society of Chemistry has invited ASSAf to be part of an upcoming Roadshow to South African Universities. The Roadshow is aimed at faculty members and students within the chemistry departments of the respective universities.

ROYAL SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA and THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE OF SOUTH AFRICA
INVITE YOU TO A PUBLIC LECTURE BY

Professor Jeanine Marnewick
Head: Oxidative Stress Research Centre, Co-chair: Biotechnology for Institute of Biomedical and Microbial Biotechnology,
Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
on
‘Rooibos and Heart Health’

Today’s research … tomorrow’s innovation

Three important announcements:
1. We are very excited to join hands with GreenMatter this year. Together, we hope to reach and include all researchers and organisations working in some way for the preservation of the natural environment, and the improvement of people’s lives through care of the environment. The Vision of the NSTF is ‘a science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) system responsive to the needs of the nation’, and the Awards are one of the ways in which we strive to realise this. Thus the partnership with GreenMatter is particularly welcome, and we are confident that it will lead to recognition of contributions that have the potential to make a positive impact on South Africa, and on the world.

Distinguished academic and renowned HIV researcher, Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim has been awarded the 2014 TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize – the most prestigious annual prize of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), based in Trieste Italy. Professor Abdool Karim, Associate Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University in New York, has been recognised for her ground-breaking research on HIV prevention in women.

Deadline: 30 October 2014.
AAS is in the process of setting up Expert Committees in various programmatic activities. In setting up such a committee we are cognisant of the fact that we need to identify world-class experts who may or may not be fellows of AAS. The expert committees are needed to take such tasks as any of the following:

It is a pleasure to invite you to submit nominations/ applications for this prestigious Fellowship awarded for post-doctoral studies in the molecular and cellular biosciences to be conducted in South Africa. The Fellowship will be awarded for a two year period, on a competitive basis, to nationals of any country, for high-level research work in a suitable department, unit or institute of a South African institution that has already agreed to be the host.

Professor Daya Reddy, President of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has been elected as President-elect of the International Council for Science (ICSU).

Another Member of ASSAf, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria was elected to serve on the ICSU Executive Board at the organisation’s 31st General Assembly in Auckland. They were both elected by representatives from ICSU’s 120 national members and 31 scientific unions attending the meeting.

ROYAL SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA and THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE OF SOUTH AFRICA
INVITE YOU TO A PUBLIC LECTURE BY

Dr Abhijit Saha
who is the LSST Operations Simulation Lead Scientist of the US National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO).
He is on a visit to South Africa.

The title of his talk is “Deep Cinematography of the Whole Sky with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)”

Due to many requests from prospective participants the deadline for submission of abstracts to IAMOT 2015 has been extended to 1 October 2014. We are looking forward to your participation in IAMOT 2015.
IAMOT2015 Call for papers (PDF) (Revised)

For any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact
iamot2015@up.ac.za / info@iamot2015.com

The Academy Of Science of South Africa and The Royal Society of South Africa cordially invites you to a public lecture on
New Materials for the 21st Century
by
Prof Anthony K. Cheetham
Department of Materials Science
University of Cambridge

PRETORIA
Date: 22 September 2014
Venue: University of Pretoria
Time: 16:30 for 17:00
CAPE TOWN
Date: 1 October 2014
Venue: South African Astronomical Observatory Auditorium
Time: 16:30 for 17:00

ROYAL SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA and THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE OF SOUTH AFRICA INVITE YOU TO A PUBLIC LECTURE BY
Dr Joel Dave
Senior Specialist in the Division of Diabetic Medicine and Endocrinology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital on

‘Essential Diabetes – a team effort to darken its bright future!’

The conference announcement and call for abstracts for the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) 4th annual young scientists conference on 14-16 October 2014 in Pretoria are now open.

The conference is aligned to the 2014 African union Year Theme, ‘Agriculture and food security’ with the theme ‘Securing our livelihoods post 2015’.