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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
African Academy of Sciences – driving scientific and technological innovation in Africa
Website: www.aasciences.org

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.

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

Professor Leon Dicks FRSSAf

Industrial, Food and Medical Microbiologist, University of Stellenbosch

on ‘Researching the Health Benefits of Probiotics’

ROYAL SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA and THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE OF SOUTH AFRICA INVITE YOU TO A PUBLIC LECTURE BY
Professor Simeon E H Davies
Sport Management Department, Cape Peninsula University of Technology on

‘Moral and Economic Challenges Facing Health Care Corporations’

Date : Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Time: 17:00 (Tea will be served from 16:30)
Place: South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*

The Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship cordially invites you to a symposium:

QUANTUM THEORY IN PHYSICS and BEYOND

And the book launch of Prof Jan Boeyens’ The Chemistry of Matter Waves

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) invites you to a series of public lectures by Prof Louise O Fresco from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. The theme of the lectures is “Changing Patterns of Food Production and Consumption in the World and Africa”. Prof Fresco is the ASSAf Distinguished Visiting Scholar for 2013/14. For more info click here.

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers (preferably within 5 years of receiving their PhD) from  sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) with the opportunity to make a ‘Cooperation Visit’ to an institute in Germany. Please find attached the relevant application form. Such visits will have a duration of no more than three months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
IFS Individual Research Grants
Dec 1st, 2013
Background
Providing early-career support to promising young developing country researchers has been
the mandate of the International Foundation for Science (IFS) for many years. Building on
this experience, the new IFS Strategy 2011-2020, launched in 2011, emphasizes three
approaches:
• Individual Research (this call)
• Collaborative Research
• Contributing Innovation
In the Individual Research Approach, IFS continues its commitment to support excellent
individual research and to build capability of early-career scientists in the developing world
to undertake research on the sustainable management of biological and water resources.
Applicants are encouraged to tackle research issues linked to these areas, and to develop
solutions that are relevant to local contexts. By encouraging local researchers to work in their
home countries, generating cutting-edge and locally relevant knowledge, we hope to
contribute to strengthening their countries’ research capability and ultimately contributing
to a global research community aimed at reducing poverty and supporting sustainable
development.
The Research Areas for Individual Research
Proposals are sought under one of three research areas:
• Sustainable Natural Resources Management
Including but not limited to: Biodiversity, Forestry, Natural Products, Renewable
Energy and Climate Change.
• Water and Aquatic Resources
Including but not limited to: Water Resources Research; Research on all aspects
of freshwater, brackish and marine aquatic organisms and their environments.
• Food Production, Food Security and Nutrition
Including but not limited to: Research on Food Production; Animal Production
and Veterinary Medicine; Crop Science including Underutilised Crops; Food
Science and Nutrition, and Food Security issues.
> IFS Research Areas (A detailed description on the IFS website)
Eligibility Criteria
Country eligibility
To be eligible for support from IFS Individual Research, applicants must be citizens of a
developing country that is eligible for IFS support, and carry out the research in an
eligible country (this does not have to be the country of citizenship).
> Eligible Countries list
Personal eligibility
Within Approach 1 individual research grants will be awarded to individual early-career
scientists in developing countries in support of excellent science.
Applicants should be at the beginning of their research careers and have a minimum
academic degree of an MSc/MA or the equivalent. To be of eligible age, men should be
younger than 35 years and women should be younger than 40 years on 31st January
2014 (closing date for this call). If the applicant’s 35th (men)/40th (women) birthday is on
the closing date of the call, he/she is still eligible.
Researchers from eligible countries, who are already IFS grantees, are eligible to apply for
a renewal grant irrespective of age.
Institutional Affiliation
Applicants must be attached to a national research institute (e.g. university, non-profit
making research centre, or research-oriented NGO) in a developing country. The
institution is expected to: administer the grant, guarantee that the applicant has a salary
(or other source of income), and provide basic research facilities. Researchers employed
at international research institutes or NGO’s are NOT eligible. However, researchers
doing part of their project at an international institute can apply for an IFS grant, if their
principal affiliation is with a national institution.
Funding
Individual Research grants are awarded on merit in amounts up to USD 12,000 for one to three
years. Grants are intended for the purchase of basic tools for research: equipment, expendable
supplies and literature, as well as field activities.
Application Deadline
The deadline for submission of research grant applications is 31st January 2014 and applicants
will be informed about the outcome of the competitive review process before the 31st July
2014.
To apply:
• Read the guidelines:
> English Guidelines
> Directives en franҫais (Guidelines in French)
• Read also:
> Eligible Countries list
> IFS Programme
> IFS Research Areas
> IFS Strategy 2011-2020
• Fill in the Application Form:
> Application Form (the form is in English, but may be filled out in
either English or French)
> Renewal Application Form (the form is in English, but may be filled out in
either English or French)
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 31st January, 2014
www.ifs.se

Providing early-career support to promising young developing country researchers has been the mandate of the International Foundation for Science (IFS) for many years. Building on this experience, the new IFS Strategy 2011-2020, launched in 2011, emphasizes three approaches:

• Individual Research (this call)

• Collaborative Research

• Contributing Innovation

In the Individual Research Approach, IFS continues its commitment to support excellent individual research and to build capability of early-career scientists in the developing world to undertake research on the sustainable management of biological and water resources.

Applicants are encouraged to tackle research issues linked to these areas, and to develop solutions that are relevant to local contexts. By encouraging local researchers to work in their home countries, generating cutting-edge and locally relevant knowledge, we hope to contribute to strengthening their countries’ research capability and ultimately contributing to a global research community aimed at reducing poverty and supporting sustainable development.

The Research Areas for Individual Research Proposals are sought under one of three research areas:

• Sustainable Natural Resources Management

Including but not limited to: Biodiversity, Forestry, Natural Products, Renewable Energy and Climate Change.

• Water and Aquatic Resources

Including but not limited to: Water Resources Research; Research on all aspects of freshwater, brackish and marine aquatic organisms and their environments.

• Food Production, Food Security and Nutrition

Including but not limited to: Research on Food Production; Animal Production

and Veterinary Medicine; Crop Science including Underutilised Crops; Food

Science and Nutrition, and Food Security issues.

> IFS Research Areas (A detailed description on the IFS website)

Eligibility Criteria

Country eligibility

To be eligible for support from IFS Individual Research, applicants must be citizens of a

developing country that is eligible for IFS support, and carry out the research in an

eligible country (this does not have to be the country of citizenship).

> Eligible Countries list

Personal eligibility

Within Approach 1 individual research grants will be awarded to individual early-career

scientists in developing countries in support of excellent science.

Applicants should be at the beginning of their research careers and have a minimum

academic degree of an MSc/MA or the equivalent. To be of eligible age, men should be

younger than 35 years and women should be younger than 40 years on 31st January

2014 (closing date for this call). If the applicant’s 35th (men)/40th (women) birthday is on

the closing date of the call, he/she is still eligible.

Researchers from eligible countries, who are already IFS grantees, are eligible to apply for

a renewal grant irrespective of age.

Institutional Affiliation

Applicants must be attached to a national research institute (e.g. university, non-profit

making research centre, or research-oriented NGO) in a developing country. The

institution is expected to: administer the grant, guarantee that the applicant has a salary

(or other source of income), and provide basic research facilities. Researchers employed

at international research institutes or NGO’s are NOT eligible. However, researchers

doing part of their project at an international institute can apply for an IFS grant, if their

principal affiliation is with a national institution.

Funding

Individual Research grants are awarded on merit in amounts up to USD 12,000 for one to three

years. Grants are intended for the purchase of basic tools for research: equipment, expendable

supplies and literature, as well as field activities.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submission of research grant applications is 31st January 2014 and applicants

will be informed about the outcome of the competitive review process before the 31st July

2014.

To apply:

• Read the guidelines:

> English Guidelines

> Directives en franҫais (Guidelines in French)

• Read also:

> Eligible Countries list

> IFS Programme

> IFS Research Areas

> IFS Strategy 2011-2020

• Fill in the Application Form:

> Application Form (the form is in English, but may be filled out in

either English or French)

> Renewal Application Form (the form is in English, but may be filled out in

either English or French)

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 31st January, 2014

www.ifs.se

The EU and South Africa will step up collaboration in the fields of global health research, earth observation and research infrastructures, senior officials agreed at a meeting in Brussels on Jan. 13. The 12th Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee meeting took place to review and plan new priorities of collaboration under the new EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 and similar South African research programmes.

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

Professor Simeon E H Davies, Sport Management Department, Cape Peninsula University of Technology on ‘Moral and Economic Challenges Facing Health Care Corporations’

Date : Wednesday 19 th February 2014

Time: 17h00 (Tea will be served from 16h30)

Place: South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*

Tribute to Nelson Mandela

December 13, 2013

by Prof Roseanne Diab on the occasion of the Science and Technology Memorial Service, Thursday 12 December 2013

Minister Derek Hanekom, Deputy Minister, Michael Masutha, Director General Phil Mjwara, distinguished guests, fellow colleagues, it is a great honour for me, on behalf of the Academy of Science of South Africa, to pay tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, and, in the powerful and moving words of by Barack Obama at his memorial service on Tuesday “to celebrate a life unlike any other”.

Of course this is a time for sadness and reflection. We remember in particular, his wife Grace Machel and the members of the Mandela family for their personal loss and acknowledge the sacrifices that they have made in the cause of freedom.

But today we celebrate and give thanks that we were able to have shared space and time with such a remarkable man and to pay tribute to his memory.

How blessed and privileged we are to have known a man who touched us all, either through his infectious smile, his special bond with children, his compassion for those less fortunate and generally hidden from view, his moral courage, and of course his sternness when occasion demanded, his risk taking, his inspiring leadership of our nation and the world, but most of all for showing us that all things are possible.

Much has been said about Madiba over this past week and his legacy will live with us and future generations forever. But we should pause a while and reflect on what he has done for education and science as well. For it was under his leadership that steps towards South Africa’s first Ministry of Science and Technology were taken, with a mandate that included a far-reaching transformation of our science and technology system, in order to bring knowledge to bear in promoting growth and development so that there could be an improved quality of life of all South Africans.

We in our young national science Academy, established only two years after the dawn of democracy in South Africa, have a treasured memory of Nelson Mandela.  We were privileged to have had him as the patron at the launch of the Academy in March 1996 in Cape Town. His inspiring words on that occasion are not forgotten and remind us of whence we came and the long and difficult path that was trodden to reach the goal of one, fully inclusive, fully representative, national science academy of South Africa. ASSAf was borne out of the new democracy in our land and was no accident of history. In the words of Mandela, the inauguration of the Academy “is not an isolated act, but part of the building of a new society which freedom has made possible.”

These words convey his dream for a better world and his singular goal for a free and democratic South Africa. Even on that occasion in March 1996, long before he had established his reputation of presenting challenges to celebrities and business leaders, to further his goals, he left us with a challenge and with a blueprint for how we could ensure that we lived up to the ideals of our new democracy. I quote from his concluding remarks on that occasion:

“ I would like to touch on what I believe to be one of the most important gifts which the Academy could bestow on our emerging nation.

South Africa’s need for rapid expansion of its scientific and technological skills is immense. It is inhibited by the disastrous restriction which apartheid imposed on the level of scientific and technological education: and by an image of science tarnished in the eyes of the majority by associations with the past. On your shoulders rest the challenge of giving science a face that inspires our youth to seek out science, engineering and technology.

But it requires more. It also means orienting science in a practical and visible way towards helping meet basic needs. It means recognising the intellectual challenge of applying knowledge to meeting such needs, rewarding achievements in that direction and celebrating them with the highest honours.

The New Patriotism which is abroad in South Africa is rooted in our progress in overcoming the legacy of our past – esteem for South African science ought to become part of that national pride.” Unquote.

In concluding, I bring you a message from the President of ASSAf, Prof Daya Reddy:

“As scientists we place great store by the scientific method and evidence-based approaches. It is as well, though, that we pause at this time to reflect on values that ought to underpin our lives as scientists, values that Madiba held dear, and for which he lived: values such as justice, fairness, compassion, integrity, concern about the freedom and well-being of our fellow citizens, and action – doing something to improve the lives of others.

The Academy exists not only to honour outstanding scientists, but equally importantly, to serve society. We can best honour the memory of Madiba by constantly being aware of our obligation to serve, and to being a better activist organisation.

We pay tribute to a giant of this country”

I thank you.