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Category Archives: 3rd Quarter 2014

National Scholarly Editors Forum

1 October 2014, 12:11

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The annual National Scholarly Editors’ Forum meeting took place in Cape Town on 30 July 2014. A record number of 120 editors attended the meeting which offers an opportunity for journal editors to exchange information and knowledge in their field, as well as an occasion to meet not only disciplinary peers, but other experts who [...]

SciELO SA User’s Group Meeting

1 October 2014, 12:08

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Forty-two SciELO editors attended the SciELO-SA Users’ Group Meeting on 29 July 2014. The theme of the meeting was to emphasise the importance of ensuring that SciELO journals retain their quality to ensure participation in the Web of Knowledge and continued inclusion of the journals on the SciELO SA platform. Two international speakers were invited. [...]

ASSAf MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

1 October 2014, 10:23

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ASSAf MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 2014 NSTF-BHP BILLITON AWARDS ASSAf congratulates the following four ASSAf Members who emerged as winners of their respective categories in the NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards Ceremony held at Emperor’s Palace on 3 July 2014: Professor Eric Bateman Award for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) over a lifetime. [...]

In Memoriam – Prof Helen Laburn

1 October 2014, 10:19

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Helen Laburn was Professor of Thermal Physiology at Wits where she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and former Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her research focused on the physiology of temperature regulation in mammals and humans, with particular interest in the foetus and newborn. She published approximately 70 papers in international peer-reviewed [...]

Young Scientist Conference to address to Agriculture and Food Security

1 October 2014, 10:19

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The fourth ASSAf Annual South African Young Scientists’ Conference with the theme Agriculture and Food Security and will be held from 14 -16 October 2014 in Pretoria. The conference will primarily attract PhD, postdoctoral, and young, early-career researchers and scientists. This year, the theme of the conference is aligned to the African Union theme for [...]

Workshop on Artisanal Gold Mining

1 October 2014, 10:17

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A workshop on the Impacts of Artisanal Gold Mining in Sudan was held on 2 and 3 September at the Future University in Khartoum, Sudan. The workshop was jointly organised by the Sudanese National Academy of Sciences (SNAS) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). The workshop was intended to provide a platform [...]

Science and Society in Africa under the spotlight

1 October 2014, 10:16

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The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) hosted a workshop entitled Science and Society in Africa at Stellenbosch University (SU) in September 2014. The focus of the workshop was on ‘closing the gap’ between science and society in Africa. It also explored the colonial-era legacies which confront African scientists. The workshop had three keynote [...]

OWSD Workshop on Scientific Writing and Science Communication

1 October 2014, 10:12

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ASSAf hosted the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) Fellowship Holders Regional Workshop on Scientific Writing and Science Communication from 19 to 22 August 2014. The workshop was targeted at 15 current postgraduate fellows, who are studying towards their PhDs at tertiary institutions in South Africa. Various scientific writing and science [...]

Visiting Scholar addressed New Materials for the 21st Century

1 October 2014, 10:10

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Royal Society of South Africa hosted a public lecture on New Materials for the 21st Century by Prof Anthony K Cheetham from the Department of Materials Science, University of Cambridge. Cheetam is the Royal Society’s (London) prestigious Rutherford Lecturer for 2014 and presented his lecture [...]

Study on The State of Energy Research in South Africa completed

1 October 2014, 10:08

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A study on The State of Energy Research in South Africa was recently completed by the Academy of Science of South Africa. The panel was chaired by Prof Frikkie van Niekerk of North-West University. This study was initiated at the request of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The motivation for the project was [...]