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General Guidelines on Dealing with Security-Relevant Scientific Research / Self-Regulation and Increasing Awareness of the “Dual-Use Problem”

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina presented their joint recommendations on “Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility” on 26 June 2014 in Berlin.

The African Union (AU) Assembly of heads of States and Government declared 2007 as the launching year for building constituencies and champions for science, technology and innovation in Africa, and called for increased international scientific cooperation. Further to the recommendation of the African Ministerial Committee on Science and Technology (AMCOST), the AU is collaborating with The World Academy of Sciences (formerly known as the Third World Academy of Science (TWAS)) on the awarding of prizes to young scientists with a view to promoting science in Africa. The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), will be coordinating the awarding of the 2014 AU-TWAS Prizes for Young Scientists in South Africa. Candidates for the annual AU-TWAS National Awards should be under the age of 40. Two prizes worth US$5,000 each will be awarded to young scientists, one in the field of ‘Life and Earth Sciences’ and the other in ‘Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation’.

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’.

International Relations and Cooperation (IRC) at the National Research Foundation (NRF) cordially invites you to a morning seminar presented by Prof Johann Mouton, Director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and STI Policy at Stellenbosch University.

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) invite nominations of persons who might potentially serve on ASSAf’s Research Output Evaluation Panels involved in a peer review-based quality assurance system for discipline-grouped South African scholarly books and conference proceedings. Both ASSAf Members and nominees proposed are eligible for selection to serve on such Panels.

On the occasion of the 11th biennial meeting of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (Network), hosted last week by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle, grave human rights abuses perpetrated against scientific colleagues in several countries were presented. In particular, distinguished representatives from 29 national academies discussed and condemned the blatant abuse of health professionals and violation of the principle of medical neutrality in Syria—the primary focus of this statement by the Network’s Executive Committee.

ROYAL SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA and THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE OF SOUTH AFRICA

INVITE YOU TO A PUBLIC LECTURE BY

Professor Chris Harris
Department of Geological Sciences, University of Cape Town
on ‘Supervolcanoes, large igneous provinces, and their geological and historical significance’

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is a voluntary association of eminent South African scholars and scientists, established in terms of an Act of Parliament. Its primary objective is generating evidence-based solutions to the problems and challenges facing South African society. ASSAf aspires to play both a national and an international role. Membership of the Academy (by election) is both an honour and an obligation to work individually and collectively (as the Academy) to ensure that decision-making requiring scholarly scrutiny and analysis is based on the best and most integrated understandings and insights available to the country.

SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING UNIT VACANCIES

Professor Stephanie Burton is the newly elected member to the ASSAf Council for the remainder of the 2012-2016 cycle. We extend our warmest congratulations to her and wish her a successful and rewarding tenure. The Minister of Science and Technology has approved the appointment in line with section 7(5) of the ASSAf Act.

The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) will be organising and hosting a two-day interdisciplinary colloquium on water security, to be held on the 25th and 26th of June 2014 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Durban.

It is time to nominate young researchers from developing countries for the 2014 ICTP Prize. The prize recognizes outstanding and original contributions to physics by researchers under 40 and includes a sculpture, a certificate, and a cash prize of 3000 euros.

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is a voluntary association of eminent South African scholars and scientists, established in terms of an Act of Parliament. Its primary objective is generating evidence-based solutions to the problems and challenges facing South African society. ASSAf aspires to play both a national and an international role. Membership of the Academy (by election) is both an honour and an obligation to work individually and collectively (as the Academy) to ensure that decision-making requiring scholarly scrutiny and analysis is based on the best and most integrated understandings and insights available to the country.

VACANCY Announcement
PROGRAMME OFFICER
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is a non‐governmental, continent‐wide, honorific, autonomous, and professional organization based in Karen, Nairobi, Kenya. AAS is looking for suitably qualified individual to fill the position of Program Officer in its Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Reporting to and under the overall guidance of the Executive Director, the Program Officer shall support the development, coordination and oversight of its various programs.
Job Summary
Will be part of a multi-disciplinary team to develop, implement, monitor, manage, and evaluate AAS programmes in 6 main thematic areas: food security and nutritional wellbeing; healthcare and wellbeing; Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); Sustainable Energy; Water and Sanitation; and Climate Change. Will liaise with program colleagues at the Secretariat for effective programme management, developing and managing AAS’s contacts with its Fellows and Stakeholders and assist in revenue generation with development of proposals and submission to funders and donors.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities include:
 Develop and schedule program work plan in accordance with required specifications and funding levels; prepare and/or assist in the preparation of proposals in response to RFPs or requests from sponsors and funding partners; prepare or cause to be prepared reports, financial statements and records on activities, progress, status or other special reports.
 Develop and facilitate workshops, meetings or conferences; trainings coordinate logistics, scheduling and participant communications.
 Write reports of meetings and prepare background briefings for developing thematic programs.
 Plans and manages project evaluations; and prepares project completion reports.
 Represent the AAS and actively participate in public and scientific fora ;
Qualifications & Experience
A PhD degree from a recognized university in the fields of the social, management or basic sciences, but preferably one that has qualifications in more than one area of specialization.
A minimum of TWO years in program management, planning, monitoring and coordination.
Key Skills & Competencies
 Proficiency in computer applications and financial and statistical packages.
 Fluency in written and spoken English and demonstrated competence in French or Portuguese or Arabic.
 Excellent research, reporting, organization and management skills.
 Ability to network, build and maintain strong relationships.
 Strong interpersonal and team building skills; written and oral communication skills.
 Critical thinking, analytical skills, initiative and creativity
 Public Speaking and Training Skills.
 Project development, monitoring and evaluation as well as report writing skills.
 Ability to work independently and productively in multicultural team environment.
 Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
Remuneration
An attractive remuneration package commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered.
Submission of Application
If your background, experience, competence match the qualifications, please send a cover letter and a detailed C.V and include your current remuneration, testimonials and give full contact details of 3 referees including day time telephone number(s) to:
The Executive Director, African Academy of Sciences
P.O. Box 24916, Nairobi 00502, KENYA
Tel: +254 725 290 145
Email: b.abegaz@aasciences.org
Deadline for Submission: 25 March 2014
NB: Only Shortlisted Applicants will be contacted
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The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is a non‐governmental, continent‐wide, honorific, autonomous, and professional organization based in Karen, Nairobi, Kenya. AAS is looking for suitably qualified individual to fill the position of Program Officer in its Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Reporting to and under the overall guidance of the Executive Director, the Program Officer shall support the development, coordination and oversight of its various programs.