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“The Leadership Training Programme & Network for Young Physicians”

The Interacademy Medical Panel (IAMP) is seeking candidates to participate in the 2015 Young Physician Leaders Programme in Berlin Germany during the World Health Summit in October 2015.
The programme is articulated in two parts:

  •  10 & 11 October 2015 – A specific leadership development programme with a focus on analysing models of leadership with the
    aim of developing an individual action plan for personal leadership growth for implementation after the workshop.
  • 11 – 13 October 2015 Participation as special guest at the World Health Summit The aim of the programme is to foster a new generation of leaders in global health.
  • icipe, in collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), requests applications for doctoral research scholarships in the African Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS) – 2015. A total of twelve ARPPIS PhD Scholarships are available to nationals of any sub-Saharan Country. Successful candidates will carry out their research within selected projects in icipe. The programme is expected to commence in September 2015.

    ASSAf Members

    ASSAf annually invites a distinguished visiting scholar, who is an internationally recognised scholar, an
    inspirational speaker and who can bridge the divides between disciplines, to visit South Africa for the
    purpose of giving public lectures and interacting with local scholars in various centres across the

    IRDR is a decade-long research programme, co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and UNISDR (United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction).

    It is a global, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral initiative addressing challenges and risks brought on by natural and human-induced hazards in an integrated fashion.

    The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to attend the following events related to Environment and Health:
    1. Symposium on Environment and Health – 1 -3 June 2015
    2. Public Lecture – “Outlooks for a healthy planet and human well-being”
    3. Round Table – “Why, when there is ample evidence showing the benefits for economies and that lives can be saved, is Government action on environmental health often so weak?”

    For more information contact phyllis@assaf.org.za

    To ASSAf Members

    The annual process of nominating and electing new Members to ASSAf has now commenced, in
    accordance with Regulation 1 of the Academy. Click here for the nomination form.

    You are hereby requested to submit nominations of outstanding South African scientists/scholars who
    have made significant contributions to the advancement and application of science/scholarship,
    nationally and internationally. Nominees do not need to be currently resident in South Africa, but must
    be working and/or contributing to scientific/scholarly activities in this country to a significant extent.
    The membership of South Africa’s nationally and internationally recognised science academy, ASSAf,
    ultimately determines the quality and scope of the role the Academy can play in the country’s life and
    progress. With its emphasis on evidence-based studies on topics of national importance, ASSAf
    Members have significant opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills to influence policy and

    invite you to a public lecture by Dr Adriana Marais, Postdoctoral Researcher, Quantum Research Group, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Special Project Coordinator for the Foundation for Space Development South Africa on ‘Watch this Space – Life on Mars?’

    The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) condemns the xenophobic attacks that took place in various parts
    of South Africa. These degrading attacks were a gross violation of human rights.
    ASSAf also supports the Statement issued by the Department of Science and Technology.

    Full Statement as pdf

    The Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) is presently implementing a Fellowship scheme titled ‘Research Training Fellowship for Developing Country Scientists (RTF-DCS)’ to provide opportunity to young researchers of the developing countries for their capacity building in science and technology through their affiliation with premier academic and research institutions in India to carry out short-term research work.

    The South African Young Academy of Science seeks to elect the country’s leading emerging researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities. In addition to their demonstrated research excellence, candidates should also be able to show an ongoing commitment to improving South African science through engagement in community development, capacity building and mentoring activities.

    The World Academy of Sciences – Regional Office for subSaharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has contributed to the development of scientific educational material by awarding an annual Regional Prize. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. Scientific educational materials are essential components for solving many local, regional and global challenges that include poverty, health and sustainable development.

    Robin Wood FRSSAf
    Professor of Medicine and Director of Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town on
    ‘Tuberculosis over the last century. A tale of three cities’

    IAMP is committed to improving health worldwide. Millions of people, especially in developing countries, do not have access to conventional medical care. Instead, they rely on the often rich culture of traditional medical practices. Indeed, it is estimated that about one-quarter of so-called ‘modern medicines’ are derived from plants used by traditional medical practitioners.

    The Department of Science and Technology is calling for nominations to recognise and award excellence by women scientists and researchers. The South African Women in Science Awards encourage and reward women scientists, and researchers, and also profile them as role models for younger women. The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

    The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) is now opening the annual call for fellowship applications. This is an opportunity for those who wish to spend a period of time during the academic year 2016/17 to conduct research as a part of the NIAS community.