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Category Archives: 3rd Quarter 2013

Strategic International Engagements Escalate

26 September 2013, 09:45

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Strategic international engagements of the Academy increased dramatically recently testifying to the continued respect ASSAf is gaining internationally. In August this year, ASSAf was elected into the Executive Committee of the InterAcademy Medical panel (IAMP). Previous Council member of the Academy, Professor Jimmy Volmink of Stellenbosch University, will serve on this committee on behalf of [...]

SciELO-South Africa Open Access Platform launched

26 September 2013, 08:38

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The first open access site for scholarly journals on the African continent, the newly certified SciELO-South Africa, was launched by Dr Khotso Mokhele, on behalf of the Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Derek Hanekom, on 22 July 2013. Dr Mokhele is the founding President of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). The [...]

Revitalising Agricultural Education and Training in South Africa

26 September 2013, 08:35

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ASSAf has constituted a 13-member panel to undertake a consensus study on revitalising agricultural  education and training (AET) in SA. The consensus study panel is chaired by Professor Frans Swanepoel, Deputy Director of the African Doctoral Academy at the Stellenbosch University, and includes three international panelists. The inaugural meeting will be held on 1-3 October [...]

Open Access Addressed

26 September 2013, 08:33

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Susan Veldsman, Director of the ASSAf Scholarly Publishing Programme attended an international, multi-stakeholder experts’ workshop for a project entitled “Development of Curriculum and Self-Directed Learning Tools for Open Access” in India in September 2013. The workshop was organised by the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA). The expected outcome of the three-day workshop was that [...]

Proposed National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences

26 September 2013, 08:32

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has submitted a commentary on the  Draft Regulations for the Establishment of a National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS). The draft regulations follow on recommendations in the Final Report commissioned by the Minister of Higher Education & Training for the Charter for the Humanities [...]

In Memoriam

26 September 2013, 08:27

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ASSAf Member, Prof CJH (Casper) Schutte, passed away on 29 July 2013. He was an Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pretoria and a founder Member of the Academy. His main research interest in Chemistry centred on quantum theory and the structure of matter. Among his numerous achievements were the [...]

ICSU President Visits ASSAf

26 September 2013, 08:26

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) hosted Professor Yuan Tseh Lee, President of the International Council for Science (ICSU) on 24 June 2013. ICSU’s mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. It supports various science institutions by addressing major issues relevant to them, and facilitates interaction amongst scientists across [...]

Green Technologies Symposium held by ASSAf

26 September 2013, 08:25

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) held a symposium on Green Technologies: Drivers, Barriers and Gatekeepers on 10 September in Pretoria. The aim of the symposium was to identify and discuss the factors that influence the demand and uptake of green technologies. The symposium forms part of the information gathering for a study [...]

Data Management Workshop held

26 September 2013, 08:23

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Five staff members from the Scholarly Publishing Unit at ASSAf attended a network of data and information curation centres (NeDICC) workshop on data management at the CSIR last month. The workshop included video clip interviews with three ‘rookie data managers’ – one from the University of Pretoria, another from the University of the Witwatersrand and [...]

Critical Health Challenges in the Spotlight

26 September 2013, 08:20

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Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) are one of the most critical health challenges facing the global community. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) report on NCDs, lifestyle diseases are by far the leading cause of mortality in the world as compared to AIDS. NCDs represent over 60% of all deaths, killing more than 36 million people [...]