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Root Causes of Low Coverage and Under-immunisation in sub-Saharan Africa

28 March 2019, 10:44

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The Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) hosted the second collaborative Symposium on Root Causes of Low Coverage and Under-immunisation in sub-Saharan Africa on 27-28 February 2019 at Hotel Africana in Kampala, Uganda. The Symposium was part of a series of information gathering processes towards an in-depth consensus study which is led by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and UNAS. The objectives of the UNAS Symposium were: • To solicit expert views on innovations that have led to successes in vaccine delivery in different countries across sub-Saharan Africa. • To identify and discuss the different social, economic, and political factors contrib...

Gender Matters Discussed at SFSA

25 March 2019, 08:32

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has been a partner of the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) since 2015, seeking to ignite conversations about development through its various initiatives and programmes. Two gender discussions took place on 13 December 2018 at the SFSA. Gender Equality is Imperative for the Advancement of Science Technology and Innovation (STI) for Development This session was sponsored by the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) South African National Chapter (SANC) and Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE), both of which are hosted by ASSAf. Prof Roseanne Diab, former Exec...

GenderInSITE Steering Committee Meeting, 2019

25 March 2019, 08:31

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Gender in Science Innovation Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE) recently hosted their annual steering committee meeting on 11 March 2019 at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris. The steering committee of GenderInSITE is composed of representatives from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the Organisation for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD), International Science Council (ISC) and UNESCO. The meeting was led by the recently appointed Executive Director, Prof Roseanne Diab, and the Afric...

TWAS Appoints New TWAS-SAREP Coordinator

25 March 2019, 08:30

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in collaboration with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) has appointed Stanley Maphosa as the new TWAS-Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (SAREP) Coordinator. He is the International and National Liaison Manager at ASSAf. Stanley succeeds Prof Roseanne Diab, former ASSAf Executive Officer and TWAS-SAREP Coordinator. She has been appointed Director of GenderInSITE and has been elected a TWAS Council Member. TWAS-SAREP wishes to thank and acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by Prof Diab who advocated the hosting of the regional partner in South Africa by ASSAf since 2015.

March/April issue of SAJS highlights ‘Women in Science’

25 March 2019, 08:29

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The March/April issue of the South African Journal of Science (SAJS) is themed around women in Science. The issue – sponsored by the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences – stem from an agreement with the organisers of the 2nd International Women in Science Without Borders (WiSWB) indaba held in Johannesburg in March 2018 to publish the best papers presented at the conference, after following the journal’s normal processes, including double-blind peer review. The issue can be read here. The cover of the issue showcases all the women in science who contributed to articles in this issue. In April 2019, the SAJS also welcomes the first fem...

Relevance of Open Data Towards a Sustainable Environment

25 March 2019, 08:23

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The African Open Science Platform (AOSP) hosted a session titled Relevance of Open Data Towards a Sustainable Environment at the 2018 Science Forum South Africa (SFSA). The session focused on data in priority disciplines. The AOSP project is managed by ASSAf. Three speakers from African countries presented. Ms Eiman Karar, Senior Advisor at the United Nations Environmental Programme in Sudan focused on water data, highlighting the inequality to accessing water on the continent. Dr Mohamed El-Hadidi, Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics at the Nile University in Egypt focused on genomic data and illustrated how data from genomics could be used to address the sustainab...

Peer Review Panel for Education Journals meets

25 March 2019, 08:19

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Peer Review Panel members met for the second time on 25 February 2019 to discuss the reviews of the education journals. Fifty-one reviewers (three per journal) have reviewed the seventeen journals in this disciplinary group. The objective for the meeting was to reach consensus on the review of reports with the goal of compiling these into version 2 reports. Each convenor was responsible for reporting on the journals in their sub-group. The panel felt that overall the reviews were good and the reviewers gave helpful suggestions. The panel discussed the special considerations for the journals in this disciplinary group. The chair is responsible for writing this chap...

New Editor for SAJS

25 March 2019, 08:18

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has announced the appointment of Prof Jane Carruthers as Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal of Science with effect from April 2019. Carruthers is a pioneer of environmental history in South Africa and a leader in global and transnational environmental history. Her work has been inspirational in the fields of animal studies, natural resource management, the history of biology and the broader environmental humanities. She has been a critical policy adviser to SANParks and has raised awareness among scientists, sociologists and activists about the human side of conservation actions – encouraging thinking beyond adv...

ASSAf Members in the News

25 March 2019, 08:17

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Prof Cheryl de la Rey Prof Cheryl de la Rey was honoured with a Science Diplomacy Award at the Department of Science and Technology’s 2018 Science Forum in South Africa. The award was granted in recognition of her contribution to international science co-operation, as well as her contribution throughout her career to the advancement of South Africa’s participation in global science programmes. Prof Cheryl de la Rey is the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Prof Robert Millar Prof Robert Millar is the recipient of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Prize in Medical Sciences for 2019. The prize acknowledges “his fundamental ...

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Diplomacy, Leadership and Negotiation Workshop

25 March 2019, 08:15

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ASSAf, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), hosted a workshop on STI diplomacy, leadership and negotiation. The purpose of the training was to expose participants to key contemporary international and regional science policy issues including complex foreign policy, geo-politics and large scientific collaborative infrastructure. The workshop was held from 4 to 7 March 2019 at DIRCO headquarters in Pretoria.