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ROYAL SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA and THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE OF SOUTH AFRICA INVITE YOU TO A PUBLIC LECTURE BY
Professor Gideon Wolfaardt , ERWAT Chair in Wastewater Management, Stellenbosch University Water Institute
on ‘Water, and our love-hate relationship with bacteria’

Trieste, Italy, 3 March 2015: International Ear Care Day

The InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) today issued a statement on ‘A Call for Action to Strengthen Healthcare for Hearing Loss’. The release is timed to coincide with the World Health Organization’s International Ear Care Day , which takes place on 3 March each year.

There is one vacant position on the ASSAf Council subsequent to the passing of Professor Patricia Berjak in January 2015. You are hereby invited to submit nominations to fill the position on the ASSAf Council for the remainder of the 2012-2016 cycle.

North-West University and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invite you to a Public Lecture by ASSAf Distinguished Scholar and Astrophysicist
Prof Bengt Gustafsson
Under a lucky star? Is there anything special with our sun? If so, why?

Date: 5 March 2015
Time: 12:00
Venue: Room 312, Physics Building, G5, Potchefstroom Campus
Host: Prof. F van Niekerk. Enquiries: Cathy.Crous@nwu.ac.za

The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science,  School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit cordially invite you to attend a Public Talk
“Under a lucky star?
If so, find out what is so special about our Sun.”

by Prof Bengt Gustafsson
Distinguished Visiting Scholar for 2014/15, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf )

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

Prof Alan Alperstein
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cape Town on

‘Feminisation of the Medical Profession ’

Millions of people, especially in developing countries, do not have access to conventional medical care often relying on a rich culture of traditional medical practices. It is estimated that about one-quarter of so-called ‘modern medicines’ are derived from plants used by traditional medical practitioners.

By ASSAf Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Astrophysicist, Prof Bengt Gustafsson
Date:18 February 2015
Time: 17:30 for 18:00
Venue: STIAS Auditorium 1
RSVP: renekotze@sun.ac.za or 021 808 2653 by 11 February. (Limited seating is available.)

The history of black hole research is almost as fascinating as the black holes themselves. From the
first proposal of their existence in 1783 to the growing body of research today, black holes represent an
enigma of nature both fascinating and beautiful.

SAAO will be holding a public lecture, presented by world famous astrophysicist, Professor Bengt
Gustafsson who will sketch the history, present knowledge, problems and solutions around one of the
Universe’s most awe-inspiring phenomena.

The University of Cape Town and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invite you to a Public Lecture by ASSAf Distinguished Scholar and Astrophysicist

Prof Bengt Gustafsson on The emergence of truth in natural sciences

The process whereby a scientific hypothesis becomes “true”, or when postulated abstract objects acquire the status of existing in reality, is fascinating and probably tells us more about humans and our culture than we generally believe. The lecture will give several examples of this process from the physical sciences, and discuss what characterises it.

Renowned scientist and Vice-President of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), Prof Patricia Berjak, has passed away. She was Professor Emeritus and Head of the Centre for Plant Germplasm Conservation Research in the School of Life Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she worked for most of her distinguished 40-year academic career.

The Academy of Science of South Africa cordially invites you to a Public Lecture on “Technology and Management Practices to Minimise the Human and Environmental Risks of Unconventional Natural Gas Extraction“ by Prof Meagan Mauter

Date: 2 February 2015
Time:16:30
Venue: Teaching Venue 3A in the New Snape Building, University of Cape Town (UCT)
RSVP: 30 January 2015 at communications@assaf.org.za

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and Mintek will be hosting a workshop on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining on 14 and 15 April 2015. The workshop should be of interest to all stakeholders working in or with the ASM subsector across Africa.

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – For the advancement of science in developing countries is seeking nominations for the following prizes:
1) the TWAS 2015 Prizes
2) the TWAS- Celso Furtado 2015 Prize in Social Sciences

The Royal Society’s medals and awards have now opened for nominations. The quality and standing of these awards depends on having a good selection of outstanding candidates and as such we urge you nominate the very best researchers for these awards.