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Category Archives: 4th Quarter 2014

SAJS appoints new Associate Editor

3 December 2014, 11:01

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The South African Journal of Science (SAJS) appointed Prof Tania Douglas as Engineering and Technology Associate Editor in November 2014. Douglas is the Deputy Dean for Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Biomedical Engineering and Associate Professor for Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Human Biology at the University of Cape Town. She [...]

Gender, Ownership, and the Post-2015 Agenda

3 December 2014, 11:00

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The tenth Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA 10) took place in Kampala, Uganda from 9 – 12 November 2014. ASSAf hosted a roundtable discussion during the conference – in order to promote the ideals of GenderInSITE and to raise awareness on the importance of gender considerations as the world moves towards adopting Sustainable [...]

ASSAf Members in the News

3 December 2014, 10:59

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Professor Quarraisha Abdool-Karim ASSAf congratulates Prof Abdool Karim on her recent accolades: She is the recipient of the MRC’s Gold Medal Scientific Achievement Award and has been awarded the TWAS-Lenovo Science Award for her life-saving research into medical and social strategies against HIV and AIDS. The TWAS-Lenovo Science Award is one of the most prestigious [...]

Royal Society of Chemistry Roadshow

3 December 2014, 10:57

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The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) recently invited ASSAf to be part of its Roadshow to South African Universities from 17 to 21 November 2014. The Roadshow was aimed at faculty members and students within the chemistry departments of the respective participating universities (Universities of Witwatersrand, Pretoria, KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town). The Academy was given [...]

IAC urges African science academies and their stakeholders to build on success of ASADI

3 December 2014, 10:56

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IAC review of the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI) The InterAcademy Council (IAC), a multinational organisation of science academies has issued its long-anticipated review of the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI). The review concluded that the initiative has been a significant success—both in terms of meeting its stated objectives and in its wider [...]

LAMAP pilot project comes to conclusion

3 December 2014, 10:55

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The conclusion of the La Main à la Pâte (LAMAP) pilot project in South Africa was celebrated at a function at the Residence of French Ambassador, Her Excellency Elisabeth Barbier, on 16 October 2014. Certificates were awarded to teachers and trainers who had taken part in the LAMAP pilot project. In addition to the presence [...]

TWAS’s 25th General Meeting

3 December 2014, 10:54

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The 25th general meeting of TWAS was held in Muscat, Oman on 26 October 2014, with an agenda that explored cutting-edge science and recognised some of the year’s top scientific accomplishments in the developing world. The event was attended by Prof Roseanne Diab, Executive Officer of ASSAf. During the event it was announced that: Prof [...]

Increased R&D Crucial for South Africa’s Energy Future

3 December 2014, 10:51

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Inadequate coordination, insufficient funding and skills shortages threaten South Africa’s energy future. These are among the findings of a consensus study entitled The State of Energy Research in South Africa released by the Academy of Science of South Africa. The study aimed to improve the understanding of the energy research landscape in South Africa in [...]

IAMP Young Physician Leader workshop

3 December 2014, 10:49

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A group of 20 Young Physician Leaders (YPL) were assembled by IAMP in Berlin, Germany, on the fringes of the World Health Summit (WHS, www.worldhealthsummit.org). Nominated by IAMP member academies and selected by the Executive Committee, the 20 young physicians from 16 countries were joined by four alumni from previous meetings. These alumni acted as [...]

IAP SEP Beijing Declaration on Science Education and Science Literacy

3 December 2014, 10:48

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Leading education researchers and practitioners meeting in China recently made a series of recommendations calling for the wider uptake of inquiry-based science education (IBSE) methods in more countries around the world. In particular, the experts called on the world’s science academies, private companies, the host nation China and other countries, and UNESCO, to promote IBSE/STEM [...]