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Category Archives: 4th Quarter 2015

Changes in the editorial model of the South African Journal of Science

8 December 2015, 10:16

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In the past few years, considerable efforts have been made to bring about a unity of science in the research published by the South African Journal of Science – which is one of just 50 multidisciplinary journals in the world. As part of these efforts, the disciplinary areas represented on the panel of Associate Editors [...]

ASSAf Members in the News

8 December 2015, 10:09

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Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela was awarded the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair Award in the field of Trauma, University of the Free State. Prof Gobodo-Madikizela is Senior Research Professor on trauma, forgiveness and reconciliation at the University of the Free State. The South African Research Chairs Initiative is a government human [...]

Positioning African Research for Visibility

8 December 2015, 10:08

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African universities – in line with international trends – increasingly regard central archiving of publicly funded research output in open access institutional repositories as a priority. ASSAf was invited to present ways in which African universities can position their digital institutional repositories for visibility during the Annual Database of African Theses and Dissertations (DATAD) Conference [...]

TWAS-ROSSA Announces Winner of Prestigious Award and Young Affiliates

8 December 2015, 10:07

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The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office of sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA), hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), announced the winner of its annual Regional Young Scientists’ award. Professor Alta Schutte from North-West University is the recipient of the award to an outstanding young scientist from sub-Saharan Africa who has contributed to [...]

Young Academy of Science inaugurates New Members

8 December 2015, 10:07

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The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) inaugurated ten new members on 14 October 2015. SAYAS was launched in October 2011 with 20 founder members as a mechanism to propel South Africa’s young scientists to participate fully in local and internationally relevant research and development agendas. It provides a national platform where leading young [...]

Panel evaluates new applications and re-applications of journals for DHET accreditation

8 December 2015, 10:04

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The Scholarly Publishing Unit (SPU) in ASSAf hosted a panel review meeting on 25 November 2015 to evaluate new applications and re-applications of journals for accreditation by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The DHET conducted the preliminary screening to determine whether the new journals met the technical requirements of the policy, while [...]

Open Access Week celebrated

8 December 2015, 10:04

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The Annual Open Access Week was celebrated internationally from 19 – 25 October. The Scholarly Publishing Unit (SPU) published three articles in The Conversation, in support of Open Access Week 2015. The first article written by Ina Smith (SPU: Planning Manager), Prof John Butler-Adam and Ms Susan Veldsman (Director: SPU) set the scene and highlighted [...]

Public Lecture: Prof Richard Catlow

8 December 2015, 10:00

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) partnered with the Royal Society of South Africa (RSSA) to co-host a public lecture by Prof Richard Catlow, during his recent visit to South Africa. Prof Himla Soodyall, General Secretary of ASSAf, represented ASSAf at the lecture on 23 September 2015 at the University of the Witwatersrand [...]

TWAS-ROSSA/ASSAf Young Scientists’ Conference to Address Women’s Empowerment

8 December 2015, 09:55

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Women’s empowerment and the scientific research being conducted across Africa to address gender equality challenges were addressed at the fifth ASSAf Annual Young Scientists’ Conference that was held from 16 – 18 September 2015 at the Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg. The theme of the conference was aligned to the African Union theme, ‘Women’s Empowerment’ and was [...]

AMASA 11 held in Kenya

8 December 2015, 09:55

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) participated in the Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA 11) which focused on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). It was hosted by the Kenya National Academy of Sciences and held in Nairobi, Kenya from 29 November to 2 December 2015. AMASA is a meeting of all academies of [...]