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TWAS-ROSSA Attends TWAS-ROCASA Young Scientists’ Conference

23 March 2017, 11:27

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TWAS-ROSSA nominated ten young scientists from sub-Saharan Africa (Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe) to attend The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for Central and South Asia (TWAS-ROCASA) young scientists’ conference in Bangalore (India) in December 2016. The theme for the conference was Frontiers in Earth and Climate Sciences. The objectives for the conference were: • To provide a platform to young scientists to discuss outstanding grand challenges in earth and climate sciences. • To afford young scientists an opportunity to network and to provide a unique platform to share research ideas and initiate research collaborations. The e...

TWAS-ROSSA Announced Winner of Prestigious Award

23 March 2017, 11:26

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The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office of sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) announced the winner of its annual Regional Young Scientists’ award. Ms Alice Wamundiya, a Rwandan national based at the University of the Witwatersrand is the recipient of this prestigious prize. She was awarded the 2016 TWAS-ROSSA Regional Young Scientists’ Prize for her contribution to the advancement of human rights issues in sub-Saharan Africa through research and direct community interventions under the theme: Protection and Promotion of Human Rights. This prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excell...

SciFest 2017

23 March 2017, 11:26

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ASSAf participated in SciFest 2017, which took place from 7 to 14 March 2017 in Grahamstown. ASSAf made use of the opportunity to showcase the Quest: Science for South Africa magazine to the 56 000 visitors that attended the event. The theme for Scifest 2017 was Tour de Science with reference to the United Nations declared International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The theme encourages contributors to embark on a journey that explores the milestones, accomplishments, mysteries, discoveries, and the historic and exciting wonders of their field of science. The festival also hosted outreach programmes in the area which included Science in the Park at th...

SA Open Science Policy Workshop

23 March 2017, 11:25

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The South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) is drafting a White Paper on Science and Technology for completion in 2017. The White Paper will guide the strategic direction of the South African System for Research and Innovation for the next decade. The country needs to be taken forward as a leading African knowledge provider aligned with 21st century technology and 21st century thinking, utilising 21st century skills. Against this backdrop it is envisaged that the new White Paper will address policy options in respect of developing a South African-integrated digital strategy that would define the key enabling role that information and communications te...

Open Science Initiatives

23 March 2017, 11:24

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The African Open Science Platform initiative that seeks to put into practice the principles and enabling practices for Open Data and Open Science was launched during the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) 2016. The platform will play a critical role in assisting African countries to develop the necessary capacities to manage and exploit scientific data for the benefit of society. ASSAf and the International Council for Science (ICSU) Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) organised a side-event and a parallel session at Science Forum South Africa. A report on the side-event is available online. Important outcomes of both the side-event and parallel ses...

ICSU ROA Appointments

23 March 2017, 11:21

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Daniel Nyanganyura has been appointed as the Regional Director for ICSU ROA. Dr Nyanganyura has been with ICSU ROA since August 2008 as a Programme Specialist in physics, mathematics and engineering sciences. He holds a doctorate in atmospheric physics, MSc in agricultural meteorology, and BSc Hons in physics; as well as a Licentiate Degree in education in the specialty of physics and astronomy from Enrique José Varona Higher Pedagogical Institute, Havana, Cuba.     Nomasomi Gasa has joined the ICSU ROA as a Project Coordinator. She will, among other responsibilities, coordinate ICSU ROA activities related to the Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2...

ASSAf Members in the News

23 March 2017, 11:21

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Prof Felix Dakora Prof Dakora was awarded the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Continental Science Award in the category of Earth and Life Sciences. The award recognises his outstanding contribution to African development for his research in the field of plant sciences. Prof Dakora holds the South African Research Chair in Agrochemurgy and Plant Symbioses at Tshwane University of Technology. Prof Catherine Ngila Prof Ngila was awarded the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Regional Scientific Award for Women (East Africa region). The award recognises her research in the field of analytical-environmental chemistry on water resource management. She is full Professor and form...

National Scholarly Book Publishers’ Forum Meets

23 March 2017, 11:19

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On 6 December 2016, the National Scholarly Book Publishers’ Forum (NSBPF) held a business meeting and workshop via video conferencing in Pretoria and Cape Town. The meeting was chaired by Prof Robin Crewe. Ten members attended the business meeting in Pretoria and eight in Cape Town. The meeting addressed the Code of Best Practice for Peer Review of Scholarly Books, a Statement to the Department of Higher Education to address issues concerning the scholarly books and the conference proceedings peer-review process. A book publishing conference planned for 2017 was also discussed. There was extensive discussion on the Code that was compiled by a Forum Task Team a...

ASSAf-Famelab Heat Winner Announced

23 March 2017, 11:18

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The quality of borehole water was the subject of the winning presentation at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)-Famelab Heat held in Pretoria on 2 March 2017. Clarissa van der Loo, a doctoral student at the University of Johannesburg, discussed organisms found in borehole water and the health dangers lurking in it. Van der Loo focused on biomedical technology as an undergraduate and obtained a Masters degree in non­tuberculous mycobacteria. After completing her doctoral thesis on organisms affecting water health, she aims to apply her experience and skill-set in the public health arena, specifically in the application of water health in the solving of v...

Consultative Workshop on Climate Change S&T in South Africa

23 March 2017, 11:17

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A consultative workshop on science and technology (S&T) related to climate change in South Africa was hosted by ASSAf on 18 January 2017. The purpose of the workshop was to receive feedback from representatives of organisations featured in the draft of the Biennial Report on the State of Climate Change S&T in South Africa. The feedback determined whether the draft report had captured contributions from the relevant organisations adequately. The workshop was well attended with representatives from Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), Water Research Commission (WRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Agricultural Research Council ...