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Category Archives: 1st Quarter 2015

ASSAf to advise Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)

31 March 2015, 13:43

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South African practice in scholarly enterprise has traditionally lagged behind the rest of the world, but now the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is developing a vision of a National Digital Library that will support, not only the research community, but also education and training. This has been linked with the Academy of [...]

SciELO SA shows 48% growth

24 March 2015, 11:31

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The SciELO SA journal titles have increased from 40 titles in February 2014 to 51 titles in February 2015. The list of titles can be viewed here. Over the last year the visits to the site have increased by 48%.  

New staff at ASSAf

24 March 2015, 09:53

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Stanley Maphosa has been appointed as Liaison Manager at ASSAf and will be responsible for the International Liaison Programme activities. He previously worked for 12 years in World Vision International in South Africa and Zimbabwe, as Customer Services Officer, Programme Manager, Children in Ministry Manager, Operations Director, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Humanitarian Emergency Affairs Leader, [...]

ASSAf co-hosts workshop on sharing research data to improve public health

23 March 2015, 13:02

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) co-hosted a workshop on Sharing Research Data to Improve Public Health from 29 to 31March 2015 at the Spier Hotel, Stellenbosch, South Africa. The other hosts are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the INDEPTH Network, the South Africa Medical Research Council, the US National Academy of [...]

Consultative Forum on Open Access for Africa

23 March 2015, 12:57

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The Consultative Forum on Open Access (OA): towards high level interventions for research and development in Africa took place in Nairobi, Kenya on 29 and 30 January 2015. The 2-day event brought some 45 high-level policymakers and experts, representing 20 African countries, together. Participants from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the [...]

ASSAf Distinguished Visiting Scholar: Prof Bengt Gustafsson

23 March 2015, 12:36

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Renowned Swedish astrophysicist, Prof Bengt Gustafsson, visited South Africa during February/March as the 2014/15 ASSAf Distinguished Visiting Scholar. In addition to being a famous astrophysicist, an eloquent speaker and a gifted teacher, Prof Gustafsson has worked and published in cross-disciplinary areas including research ethics, social responsibilities of science, science-religion interaction, science policy, science teaching and [...]

ASSAf hosts Prof Meagan Mauter

23 March 2015, 12:33

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The Academy had the opportunity to host a public lecture by Prof Meagan Mauter during her recent visit to South Africa. Prof Daya Reddy represented the Academy at the lecture that was held on 2 February 2015 at the University of Cape Town. The title of Prof Mauter’s public lecture was, “Technology and Management Practices [...]

Launch of the Green Technologies in South Africa report

23 March 2015, 12:28

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The report on The State of Green Technologies in South Africa was formally launched and handed over to the Department of Science and Technology (DST) on 28 January 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Prof Eugene Cloete from Stellenbosch University and chairman of the panel that conducted the study presented on the findings [...]

In Memoriam – Patricia Berjak 1939 – 2015

23 March 2015, 12:26

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Renowned scientist and Vice-President of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), Prof Patricia Berjak, has passed away. She was Professor Emeritus and Head of the Centre for Plant Germplasm Conservation Research in the School of Life Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she worked for most of her distinguished 40-year academic career. [...]

ASSAf hosts TWAS-ROSSA

23 March 2015, 12:23

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ASSAf is the new host of The World Academy of Sciences – Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) with effect from 1 March 2015. TWAS-ROSSA is one of five regional offices of TWAS and was previously hosted by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). TWAS recognises the importance of strengthening cooperation and reinforcing the impact [...]