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First #SAJS_Spotlight

11 December 2018, 08:48

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The journal has launched a new science engagement initiative entitled SAJS Spotlight. The idea behind this is to highlight a specific Review or Research Article from each issue to engage with the general public and other scholars. For the first SAJS Spotlight a Twitter Q and A was held with author Andrea Juan on her Research Article: I believe I can do science: Self-efficacy and science achievement of Grade 9 students in South Africa. To read the Q and A follow this link. Some metrics for this article after the SAJS Spotlight event: • Altmetric Score of 9 (In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric): https://assaf.altmetric.com/details/45756615 • Ar...

SciELO SA User Group Meeting

10 December 2018, 12:33

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The SciELO SA User Group Meeting took place on 21 November 2018 at the Southern Sun Hotel in Johannesburg. Fifty-five journal representatives attended the meeting. Prof Robin Crewe, Chair of the Committee of Scholarly Publishing in South Africa, opened the meeting with a welcome and introductory message. The meeting consisted of two different sessions. The first session focused on SciELO SA feedback and new developments within the SciELO Network. The second was a practical session, with presentations on the tools that can be used by journals for compliance, performance assessment and marketing. Speakers included Susan Veldsman, Louise van Heerden, Nadine van der Merwe,...

Fourteenth Annual Meeting of African Science Academies

10 December 2018, 11:31

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The 14th Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA 14) was hosted by the Benin Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters (ANSALB) in Cotonou from 12 to 14 November 2018. The theme of this year’s meeting was Sustainable development in Africa: the role of young and senior academies. The AMASA 14 meeting was preceded by the solemn opening of the ANSALB and a learning collaborative workshop on Fundraising strategies for sustainability. ASSAf was represented at the meeting and Prof Himla Soodyall, Executive Officer, led the delegation from the academy. ASSAf supported Benin in hosting the meeting through: • one representative from the leadership of nine national youn...

5th Ordinary Session of the Pan African Parliament

10 December 2018, 11:30

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ASSAf was invited to attend the 5th Ordinary Session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Kigali, Rwanda. The session was held from 22 to 26 October. The Academy was again invited to make a presentation to the Committee on Education and to participate as an observer of the debates of the Parliament to determine if they are relevant to science advice and whether and how the academy can make input in the future. It was agreed with the Committee on Education that the MoU between PAP and ASSAf will be signed in March 2019 in South Africa. From then, other joint activities will be identified and undertaken. Four South African Members of Parliament who are part of the PAP we...

National Scholarly Editors’ Forum (NSEF) Meeting

10 December 2018, 11:30

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ASSAf’s Scholarly Publishing Programme (SPP) hosted a stimulating full-day meeting of 62 members of the National Scholarly Editors’ Forum (NSEF) on 20 November 2018 in Johannesburg. Although the forum usually meets annually, the event was not held in 2017 so there was a packed programme. The day began with a Business Meeting and update on the SPP activities presented by the Programme Director, Ms Susan Veldsman. The editors were reminded about the revised Code of Best Practice and the Scholarly Publishing Resources Google site. For the first time at this annual meeting a report back on three of the recently completed Peer Review Panel reports showed common tre...

National Enrolment Planning Workshop

10 December 2018, 11:29

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The recent release of the ASSAf report on Reconceptualising Health Professions Education in South Africa proved timely and relevant to the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) enrolment planning process. DHET is undertaking the process of the new cycle of enrolment planning for 2020 to 2025. This process is geared towards attaining the National Development Plan goals for 2030. To expand the dialogue with relevant stakeholders, DHET hosted a one-day National Enrolment Planning Workshop on 31 October 2018. At this workshop the ASSAf report was presented by Prof Lionel Green-Thompson, a panel member for the consensus study. The report’s recommendations were...

ASSAf Members in the News

10 December 2018, 11:27

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Prof Emile van Zyl Die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns has honoured Prof Emile van Zyl with the Havenga Prize for Life Sciences, a prestigious prize that recognises outstanding research in finding environmentally-friendly alternatives for fossil fuels.Prof Van Zyl is a Distinguished Professor in Microbiology and head of Microbiology Department at Stellenbosch University. He is DST/NRF Senior Chair of Energy Research: Bio-fuels. Prof Basie von Solms Prof Basie von Solms has been appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cybersecurity. Prof Von Solms is a Research Professor in the Academy for Computer Science and Software Engineeri...

First Conference of the African Scientific, Research and Innovation Council

10 December 2018, 11:24

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ASSAf represented by Ms Phyllis Kalele, Senior Liaison Officer participated in the launch and first congress of the Africa Scientific Research and Innovation Council (ASRIC) that was held from 27 to 29 November in Abuja, Nigeria. ASRIC is an agency of the African Union Commission (AUC) that will serve as a continental platform to mobilise African research excellence, innovation for dialogue and voice of the scientific community in building and sustaining continental research-policy nexus with the aim of addressing Africa’s socio-economic development challenges. The congress was opened by Her Excellency, Prof Sarah Anyang Agbor, the AUC Commissioner for Human Resources...

15th International Conference on Urban Health

10 December 2018, 11:23

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ASSAf, represented by Ms Nadia Algera, Programme Officer, Science Advisory Programme attended a workshop titled ‘Healthy-Policy: A Global Initiative to Instigate a Clean Air, Low Carbon Transition towards Healthier and More Sustainable Cities’ which was held on 27 November 2018 in Kampala, Uganda. The workshop discussed interventions assisting the clean air, low carbon transition in rapidly growing Low and Middle Income Country (LMIC) cities (particularly Kampala) which could deliver substantial public health, environmental, and socioeconomic benefits, by lowering emissions from the most polluting sectors, and reducing personal exposure to air pollution. The workshop ...

The 13th H.R. Network Biennial Meeting

10 December 2018, 11:22

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The International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Society (H.R. Network) hosted a symposium on “Science and the Right to Development” on 25 - 27 October 2018. ASSAf was represented at the meeting by Prof Roseanne Diab, ASSAf Executive Office, and Dr Siyavuya Bulani, Senior Liaison Officer. On first day of the conference, distinguished speakers gave talks pertinent to the theme of the symposium. The talks, which centered around science and the right to development, focused on topics such as: the universality of human rights in a changing world; poverty and inequality; and, climate change and human rights violations. In addition, high level panel discussi...