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Category Archives: 4th Quarter 2013

STEM Education, LAMAP Pilot Project

29 November 2013, 10:09

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The training took place from 14 to 18 October 2013 in Pretoria and focused on the Intermediate Phase, grades 4-6 curriculum. A total of 33 participants attended the training which included subject advisors from the Gauteng Department of Education, participants from the University of Pretoria and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences and independent participants [...]

ASSAf Members in the News

29 November 2013, 10:07

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Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim has been awarded the prestigious African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award in Life Sciences for 2013. The award honours scientific achievements and valuable discoveries and findings of top African scientists. Abdool Karim is Associate Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at Columbia University, Associate Scientific Director of Centre for [...]

Spotlight on Green Technologies: Drivers, Barriers and Gatekeepers

29 November 2013, 10:04

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The target audience at the symposium was representatives from academia, government, the private sector, as well as civil society. The keynote speaker, Prof Jim Watson, Research Director, UK Energy Research Centre, University of Sussex, discussed Contextualising the Need for the Implementation of Green Technologies. The session focused on drivers, featured speakers such as Sharlin Hemraj, [...]

Revitalising AET in South Africa

29 November 2013, 10:02

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The inaugural meeting of the Consensus Study Panel was held at Stellenbosch University in October 2013. The first day of the panel meeting included contributions from a number of national and international experts in the field of AET to set the tone and context for the discussions and deliberations in the closed panel sessions on [...]

IAP & IAMP Call for Action on Antimicrobial Resistance

29 November 2013, 10:01

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“The global pandemic of antibiotic resistance in both community care and hospital-associated infections represents a major health and economic burden and this crisis is being exacerbated by a relative lack of innovation in generating new antibiotics,” says the Joint Statement, warning that: “We are in danger of returning to a pre-antibiotic era.” If the current [...]

EAS hosts a climate change meeting

29 November 2013, 09:59

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Discussions focused on understanding the implications of climate change across sectors and nations on the continent, based on the new findings of the 5th assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) and the development of a plan for collaboration amongst African academies of sciences in order to leverage the combined expertise from [...]

9th Annual Meeting of the African Science Academies (AMASA-9)

29 November 2013, 09:58

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It also focused on current public-policy challenges in which advisory processes of academies could add value for decision-making in this area, as well as strengthening ties between academia, government, non-governmental organisations and the private sector. After discussing the relevance  of  biotechnology for development in Africa, the African Academies collectively issued the ‘Declaration of AMASA-9’ on [...]

TWAS-South African Fellowship Programme announced

29 November 2013, 09:56

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The proposed TWAS-South Africa Fellowship Programme comprises the following: TWAS-NRF African Renaissance PhD Fellowship Programme: Under this scheme, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) will initially fund up to 50 students per annum from Africa to pursue full-time PhD studies in South Africa. Fellowships will be tenable for up to three years but depending [...]

ASSAf represented at SciELO 15 Years’ Conference

29 November 2013, 09:55

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The conference celebrated the 15th anniversary of the SciELO Network and brought together authorities and experts on research and scholarly communication from 30 countries. The aim was to address the state-of-the-art in open access scholarly communication and the challenges faced in improving academic journals and the SciELO programme itself. Some 550 delegates attended the conference. The [...]

SAYAS Report highlights Challenges of South African Postgraduates

29 November 2013, 09:52

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The survey focused on the profile and research experience of postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows in South Africa – Honours to post-PhD. A total of 1 021 young scientists took part in the survey. A key finding of the survey is that 43% of participants indicated that the reason for pursuing postgraduate studies was the [...]