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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’.

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.

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.