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Category Archives: 1st Quarter 2014

ASSAf to host Humanities Conference

7 April 2014, 07:42

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) will be hosting a Humanities Conference on 26 and 27 June 2014.  The two-day conference, titled “Living the world, Reading the world, Understanding the World: The Humanities Reach Out” will be anchored in a paradox that speaks to the current state of the Humanities in South Africa [...]

New Staff Member

7 April 2014, 07:41

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Nadia Weitz has been appointed as Programme Officer:  Environment and Energy in the Policy Advisory Programme of the Academy. Nadia is a trained oceanographer with significant experience in coastal sciences and modelling the coastal environment. She has been involved in analysing coastal hydrodynamics, sediment transport and coastal dynamics since 2004 through the use of mathematical [...]

ASSAf hosts Distinguished Visiting Scholar from the Netherlands

5 April 2014, 10:48

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Internationally recognised scholar, scientist and writer, Professor Louise Fresco of the Netherlands visited South Africa during February as the 2013/14 ASSAf Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Professor Fresco’s career involves decades of fieldwork in tropical countries and travel to over 80 countries. She holds a PhD cum laude in tropical agronomy (Wageningen), holds chairs and lectureships at [...]

ASSAf Members in the News

5 April 2014, 10:47

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Professor Zeblon Vilakazi The Academy congratulates Professor Vilakazi on his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Postgraduate Affairs of the University of the Witwatersrand with effect from 1 January 2014. Professor Vilakazi previously served as the Director of iThemba LABS and Group Executive for Research and Development at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). [...]

SciELO Compliance

5 April 2014, 10:45

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With the certification of the SciELO SA (Open Access) collection in April 2013 it became part of the SciELO Network Global Portal which is part of Web of Knowledge (WoK), as well as other international indices and Google Scholar. This means that the included South African research becomes even more visible and accessible globally. To retain [...]

Young Scientists’ Conference on Agriculture and Food Security

5 April 2014, 10:44

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The annual Young Scientists’ Conference will be held in October 2014. This conference is hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)  and the conference theme is aligned with the 2014 African Union year theme of Agriculture and Food Security. The conference, an initiative of ASSAf, primarily attracts PhD, postdoctoral, and young, early-career [...]

Consensus Study on Health Workers Training

5 April 2014, 10:43

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is undertaking a consensus study on Reconceptualising Education and Training of an Appropriate Health Workforce for the Improved Health of the Nation. The study will be undertaken by an 11-member panel of experts. The members are: Professor Jimmy Volmink (Chairperson) is the Dean of the Faculty of [...]

Workshop on Mental, Neurological and Substance-use Disorders

5 April 2014, 10:42

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) will be convening a two-day workshop on 27 and 28 May 2014 that will be discussing the crucial issues pertaining to mental, neurological, and substance-use disorders (MNS). The key objectives of this workshop are to explore how best South Africa can domesticate or implement the core competencies [...]

Report on Religion, Theology and Related Fields

5 April 2014, 10:41

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Report on the Grouped Peer Review of Scholarly Journals in Religion, Theology and Related Fields has recently been published as part of the of all South African scholarly journals. It is the third  in a series of reports aimed at evaluating South African journals. These evaluations are conducted primarily through discipline-grouped peer reviews, carried out [...]

Long-serving ASSAf staff member leaves

5 April 2014, 10:40

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Dr Takalani Rambau, Senior Manager: Strategy and Liaison at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has resigned from the Academy to take up a position at the Auditor-General South Africa’s Centre of Excellence as Education Specialist. At ASSAf, Takalani was responsible for liaison (national and international) activities focusing on partnership development, strategic planning [...]