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Category Archives: 3rd Quarter 2012

ASSAf hosts workshop on transforming the education of health professionals

13 October 2012, 12:15

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The Academy of Science of South Africa recently hosted a workshop to discuss transforming the education of health professionals for the 21st century. South Africa is one of seven countries selected to hold workshops as part of the InterAcademy Medical Panel’s (IAMP) effort to disseminate the Lancet Commission report recommendations to its member medical academies. [...]

Technological Innovations for a Low Carbon Society

13 October 2012, 10:36

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On 8 and 9 October 2012, the Academy of Science of South Africa, in collaboration with the German Academy of Science, Leopoldina, hosted a conference on Technological Innovations for a Low Carbon Society at the green-star rated Nedbank Menlyn Maine building in Pretoria. The conference was held as part of the German-SA Year of Science, [...]

Highlights of the current issue of South African Journal of Science 108 9/10, Sep/Oct 2012

11 October 2012, 13:15

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Multilingualism in post-apartheid South Africa In this commentary, the late Neville Alexander reviews how little progress has been made over the past 18 years in promoting multilingualism in South Africa, despite the constitutional provision for equality among our 11 official languages. He discusses why this may be so – given that language policy was planned [...]

ASSAf to sign Berlin Declaration

11 October 2012, 12:48

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On 25 July 2012 the ASSAf Council approved the signing of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access by the organisation.  The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities is a major international statement on open access / access to knowledge. It emerged in 2003 from a conference on open access [...]

SciELO South Africa FAQ

27 September 2012, 12:07

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Frequently Asked Question and Answers regarding the SciELO collections being included in the ‘Web of Knowledge-WoK’ (Thomson Reuters) platform  1)      What is the difference between the ‘Web of Knowledge’ and the ‘Web of Science’?  ‘Web of Knowledge’: Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge SM (formerly ISI Web of Knowledge) is a well-established ‘core’ research platform, helping users [...]

SciELO South Africa open access platform reaches wider audience 1

27 September 2012, 12:06

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The Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO)-South Africa for high-quality South African scholarly journals was recently fully implemented by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), its first extension to Africa from the extensive existing base in South America and the Caribbean. The free-online platform is a major contributor to increased world-wide visibility  of peer-reviewed [...]

ASSAf Member honoured

27 September 2012, 12:02

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ASSAf Member, Prof Leon Dicks from the Department of Microbiology, University of Stellenbosch, was honoured as the Winner of the NSTF-BHP Billiton Award in the category Outstanding Contribution to Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI) in June 2012.  Dicks developed a wound dressing that has been developed by incorporating broad-spectrum antimicrobial peptides into nanofibers. The [...]

La main à la pâte (LAMAP) to launch Pilot Project

27 September 2012, 11:59

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The launch of the ‘Inquiry-Based Science Education: Increasing Participation of Girls in Science in sub-Saharan Africa’ had led to several discussions with the French Academy of Sciences which has successfully implemented an IBSE programme known as La main à la pâte in primary schools in France. ASSAf plans to implement a pilot project in a [...]

AU TWAS Young Scientists’ National Award

27 September 2012, 11:57

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Two young scientists have been recognised in one of South Africa’s most prestigious national science awards. The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) and the African Union Commission (AUC) have entered into an agreement to award an AU [...]

TWAS changes name

27 September 2012, 11:55

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The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) has changed its name to reflect the globalisation of science, but its governance and mission will remain the same. This change was announced at the 12th General Conference and 23rd TWAS General Meeting in Tianjin, China, held on 18–21 September 2012. TWAS had previously changed its [...]