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Category Archives: 2nd Quarter 2014

Quest at NSTF Brilliants Programme

7 July 2014, 12:31

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) sponsored 19 NSTF Brilliants Programme students with a one-year Quest magazine gift subscription at an event that was held at Emperors Palace, Gauteng on 03 July 2014. The NSTF Brilliants Programme recognises first year students studying in the sciences and engineering fields. These are students who obtained [...]

ASSAf Members in the News

7 July 2014, 11:58

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Dr Glenda Gray Dr Glenda Gray was recently appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Research Council (MRC) – she is the first woman to lead the MRC. Dr Gray is a world-renowned scientist in the field of HIV prevention, especially HIV vaccines and prevention of mother-to-child transmission. She led Johannesburg’s Perinatal HIV [...]

New faces at ASSAf

7 July 2014, 10:23

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  Thandi Badugela has been appointed as Junior Liaison Officer at ASSAf and will also be handling the secretariat for South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). She completed a BA degree in Communication Science at the University of South Africa (Unisa) and is currently studying towards an honours degree. She completed the DST/NRF Internship [...]

NSTF awards excellence

7 July 2014, 08:24

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Four Members of ASSAf were honoured for outstanding contributions to science at the 16th Annual NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards Gala Dinner that was held on 3 July 2014. The awards ceremony is a highlight in the science sector and categories in which excellence is recognised are scientific research, technological innovation, management, capacity building and science communication. [...]

New Council Member and General Secretary

7 July 2014, 08:23

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Professor Stephanie Burton has been elected to the ASSAf Council for the remainder of the 2012-2016 cycle. A position on the ASSAf Council became vacant after the resignation of Professor Esté Vorster due to ill health before the expiration of her term of office. Professor Burton is Vice-Principal: Research and Postgraduate Education at the University [...]

SAYAS puts focus on Water Security

7 July 2014, 08:21

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The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) held a two-day interdisciplinary Colloquium on Water Security on 25 and 26 June 2014 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The colloquium specifically addressed the following themes: • Public expectations and municipal obligations regarding water quality. • Sanitation and water reuse – health and infrastructural considerations. • Water [...]

InterAcademy Partnership to be formed

7 July 2014, 08:21

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An InterAcademy Partnership that combines the strength of The Global Network of Science Academies (IAP), the InterAcademy Medical Panel and the InterAcademy Council (IAC) is to be developed. This followed a second joint meeting of the executive committees and board of all three networks at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Italy in May 2014. [...]

Prominent International Scientists condemn Deliberate Attacks on Syrian Health Professionals; Urge National Science Academies to do the same

7 July 2014, 08:20

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On the occasion of the 11th biennial meeting of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies, hosted in May 2014 by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle, human rights abuses perpetrated against scientific colleagues in several countries were presented. In particular, distinguished representatives from 29 national academies discussed and [...]

Workshop on State of Energy Research Findings

7 July 2014, 08:19

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Preliminary findings and recommendations of a study on the State of Energy Research in South Africa conducted by ASSAf were highlighted at a workshop held on 21 May 2014. The study was undertaken for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and the Renewable Energy Centre of Research and Development. The aim of the study was [...]

ASSAf to investigate hydraulic fracturing

7 July 2014, 08:18

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has been commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to assess the technical readiness of South Africa to support hydraulic fracturing and associated activities. ASSAf will partner with the South African Academy of Engineering in this investigation. Proposed focus areas of the study include: • [...]