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Quest: Science for South Africa represented at science festivals

22 June 2017, 12:24

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Quest: Science for South Africa, the popular science magazine directed at learners, educators and the general public attended two science festivals during May 2017. The Eding festival is an annual event that takes place in Limpopo and the North West in May and July. Quest presented a science lecture to Grades 10 - 12 science learners at the festival from 15 - 20 of May 2017. Between 750 and 900 learners attended the lectures and there were three sessions in a day. The lectures were on the science content in Quest and the curriculum. 3 500 Quest copies were distributed. The Science Unlimited festival is an annual event taking place in four provinces. Quest participat...

SAYAS Members in the News

22 June 2017, 12:22

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Prof Tolullah Oni, SAYAS Member and Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy (GYA), has been appointed a committee member of the South African National Member Organisation (SANMO) of the International Institute of Applied Systems (IIASA), situated in Laxenburg, Austria for the period 2017-2020. South Africa’s strategic engagement with IIASA, with the adhering function through the National Research Foundation (NRF), supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), serves to position South Africa at the forefront of systems analysis in Africa by having access to programmes affiliated with IIASA at national and international levels, and supported by the Minister o...

ASSAf participates in KwaZulu-Natal workshops

22 June 2017, 12:22

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ASSAf participated in workshops that were held in Mbazwana, KwaZulu-Natal during May 2017. Librarians in the Cloud was the title of the first of these workshops that was held on 3 and 4 May 2017. The aim of this two-day workshop was to assist libraries in providing career guidance. Ina Smith from ASSAf was tasked with equipping librarians with skills to develop a web page in support of career guidance. Susan Veldsman (ASSAf) spoke about women in science and Zukie Hlwatika (ASSAf) about career choices. The second workshop was conducted by Tsepo Majake from ASSAf and focused on educators teaching mathematics, physical sciences, life sciences and life orientation ...

Update on SciELO SA 2009 - 2017

22 June 2017, 12:20

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The Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) SA is South Africa’s premier open access (free to access and free to publish) searchable full-text journal database in service of the South African research community. The database covers a selected collection of peer-reviewed South African scholarly journals and forms an integral part of the SciELO Brazil project. The South African Journal of Education, Water SA and the South African Journal of Science appear on the list of the most viewed journal titles and their articles also appear in the list of those that have been viewed the most within the SciELO SA platform. Journal Views The top-ten viewed journal titles ...

SAJS adopts Crossmark for easy and reliable article updates

22 June 2017, 12:17

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The South African Journal of Science (SAJS) has adopted Crossmark with effect from the May/June issue. Crossmark is a tool that gives readers quick and easy access to the current status of an article. With one click, a reader can see if an article has been updated, corrected or retracted. In the age of digital publishing, keeping track of changes to scholarly articles is becoming increasingly difficult. Crossref – a non-profit membership organisation for scholarly publishing – developed Crossmark as the solution. Crossmark functions by linking article information to the article on the webpage, as well as to PDF and EPUB files of the article. If a correction is publish...

Disruptive approaches in journal publishing discussed

22 June 2017, 12:15

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Disruptive approaches in journal publishing and subscriptions were discussed at the South African National Library and Information Consortium (SANLiC) 2017 Conference held from 23 - 25 May 2017 in Durban. In order to conduct proper and sound research, researchers need access to high- quality resources in the form of research papers published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, among others. Although there is a huge push among editors and researchers alike to adopt open access, there are still too many major high-impact journals that are only accessible through highly expensive subscription models. This is not always affordable, since libraries are required to pay ...

ASSAf celebrates excellence

22 June 2017, 12:15

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) celebrated its 20th year in the service of society in 2016. Two publications were produced to celebrate this achievement - In Pursuit of Excellence ASSAf 1996 – 2016 and Legends of South African Science. ASSAf will be launching these two publications formally at a dinner on 25 July 2017. In Pursuit of Excellence ASSAf 1996 – 2016 The book documents the 20 years of ASSAf's existence as we walk in the footsteps of those who in the early 1990s gave of their time and energy to realise a dream of establishing a fully representative, national academy of science to guide the democratic South Africa into a promising new era. ...

Workshop on Gender, Innovation and the Sustainable Development Goals

22 June 2017, 12:14

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During September this year, a group of local and international experts will meet in Pretoria to explore the role of innovation as a key tool to effectively aid in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – this includes the application of the gender lens in research and all activities that are conducted within science and innovation. The three-day workshop, titled ‘Gender and Innovation: Implications for Sustainable Development’, forms part of a series of GenderInSITE Elsevier Foundation thematic workshops and will be coordinated and hosted by ASSAf and the GenderInSITE Regional Focal Point for Southern Africa, which is hosted by ASSAf. It aims to...

ASSAf presents at AOSP workshop Ghana

22 June 2017, 12:13

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One of the aims of the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) is to better understand the continent, and how it can utilise open science to make research and the accompanying data sets more accessible, visible and beneficial for researchers worldwide. For data to be reusable, they should be curated in a trusted way, and then shared openly. ASSAf, through the Association of African Universities (AAU), was invited to present at a workshop on open science during the 14th AAU General Conference in Accra, Ghana. Prof Joseph Wafula, Chair of the African Open Science Platform Technical Advisory Board, presented the AOSP initiative during a plenary session. It was followed by a...

ASSAf Members in the news

22 June 2017, 12:12

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Professor Achille Mbembe Professor Mbembe was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). Election to the AAAS recognises Professor Mbembe’s exceptional scholarship within South Africa, the continent and internationally. In particular, it acknowledges his contribution in educational, scientific, cultural philanthropic administration. Professor Mbembe is currently Research Professor at the Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research. Professor Glenda Gray Professor Gray has recently been named by Time magazine in its annual list of the most influential people in the world. The list recognises the “activism, innovation and achievemen...