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Category Archives: 4th Quarter 2012

ASSAf Members in the News

3 December 2012, 12:44

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Professor Renée Kraan-Korteweg APPOINTMENT AS VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE IAU Elected as the Vice-President of of the Executive Committee of the International Astronomical Union. Professor Helen Rees SAMA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AND WITS VICE-CHANCELLOR’S RESEARCH AWARDS Awarded the South African Medical Association Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the University of the Witwatersrand’s Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award. Professor [...]

Prof Pierre Lena visits South Africa

3 December 2012, 12:19

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In the last decade, the issue of science education for all students has become a subject of investigation, research and action for the scientific community, education authorities and for practice in the classroom. Issues, such as teacher training, student assessment, community involvement (including parents), the role of professional scientists and engineers, relations between science and [...]

ASSAf hosts Visiting Scholars

3 December 2012, 12:16

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The main topics included in lectures by Prof Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and Prof Robert Phillipson were: The expansion of English worldwide: how and why, implications for other languages; the myths of ‘global’ English and English as a ‘lingua franca’; concept clarification – language policy, linguistic imperialism, linguicism, critical applied linguistics; combining micro and macro level analysis.  [...]

Nigerian Academy hosts AMASA-8

3 December 2012, 12:04

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The theme of the meeting was Climate Change in Africa: using Science to reduce Climate Risks, with a focus on public health and food security. A joint Academy statement, intended to raise the voice of African scientists on climate issues, was launched at the meeting. It drew attention to the special features of Africa in [...]

Leading scientists analyse African innovation at Addis Ababa workshop

3 December 2012, 12:03

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Scientists from across Africa shared and analysed the latest research about plant genetics for farming, biotechnology and nanotechnology. The group discussed the future for plant breeding, including whether these technologies will or will not gain momentum in Africa.  While these technologies could help improve food security, workshop participants also noted that any risks specifically related [...]

ASSAf launches innovative education intervention

3 December 2012, 11:33

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In May 2010, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) hosted a workshop on Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) in partnership with a number of international organisations. The workshop brought together various science education specialists from across Africa, as well as from France and Australia. IBSE comprises experiences that enable leaners to develop understanding about science in [...]

Young Academy of Science Celebrates First Year

3 December 2012, 11:27

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SAYAS was launched as a means to enable South Africa’s young scientists to fully participate in local and internationally relevant research and development agendas.  It provides a national platform where leading young scientists from all disciplines in the country can interact, and also access international networking and career development opportunities.  In South Africa, a Young Academy [...]

Young Scientists explore SA’s energy future

3 December 2012, 11:23

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The main objectives of the conference were to: •    provide an opportunity for young scientists in their early careers to showcase their work and to share information on their research fields; •    provide an opportunity for networking among young scientists; •    provide a platform for young scientists to discuss issues related to [...]

ASSAf inaugurates new Members

3 December 2012, 11:22

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This year the Academy also elected a Foreign Associate Member, Prof Mohamed Hassan, who is only the second since the Academy’ s inception in 1996. He is the Past President of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Network of African Academies of Science (NASAC) and current Co-chair of the Global Network of Science [...]

ASSAf elects New President and Council

3 December 2012, 11:19

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ASSAf is governed by a Council comprising 13 members, of whom 12 are elected from the membership and one is appointed by the Minister as representative of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI). The Academy has five office-bearers: the President, two Vice-Presidents, General-Secretary and Treasurer. The Council members are: President and Chairperson of ASSAf [...]