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Category Archives: 1st Quarter 2016

International conference looks at how science can boost sustainable growth

29 March 2016, 08:10

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Scientists from around the world met in Cape Town from 28 February to 2 March 2016 to discuss how best science can guide sustainable development globally. The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Conference and General Assembly 2016 with the theme Science Advice was hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and drew more than [...]

Council elections

23 March 2016, 11:13

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Council elections will be taking place this year. The terms of office of many long-serving Council members have come to an end and they are required to step down. ASSAf Members will shortly be receiving a call to nominate candidates for Council membership. The newly elected Council will take office in October 2016.

LAMAP-IBSE pilot project comes to an end

23 March 2016, 11:12

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Recommendations following the evaluation of the ASSAf pilot project on inquiry-based science education will see a different role for ASSAf in the future. In 2012, the ASSAf report Inquiry-Based Science Education: Increasing Participation of Girls in Science in sub-Saharan Africa resulted in a pilot project on inquiry-based science education (IBSE) programme based on the well-known [...]

ASSAf Members in the News

23 March 2016, 11:10

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Professor Tebello Nyokong ASSAf Member, Prof Tebello Nyokong, received the African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award at the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the AU meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 30 January 2016. The AU Kwame Nkrumah Awards are given annually to African scientists who have distinguished themselves in the [...]

Women in science subject of ASSAf report

23 March 2016, 11:08

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The inclusion and participation of women in science are addressed in a report that was launched by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) on 29 February 2016. The launch was part of the IAP Conference on Science Advice that was held at the Arabella Hotel, Hermanus, South Africa. The event was attended by [...]

ASSAf Members attend Gene Editing meeting in Washington DC

23 March 2016, 10:49

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Profs Himla Soodyall, Keymanthri Moodley and Michael Pepper attended the International Summit on Human Gene Editing that was held in Washington, DC from 1 – 3 December 2015. The summit formed a major component of the United States National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine’s Human Gene-editing Initiative and was co-hosted with [...]

ASSAf serves on the Executive Committee of the IAP

23 March 2016, 10:48

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The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) General Assembly held on 2 March 2016 following the IAP Conference on Science Advice in Hermanus, South Africa marked the end of Mohamed Hassan’s two terms as IAP Co-Chair. The IAP General Assembly elected Krishan Lal as the new Co-Chair representing developing countries. Lal is the former President of the Indian [...]

Collaborative research in South Africa to be recognised

23 March 2016, 10:44

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The Academy of Science of South Africa is undertaking a study to evaluate and recognise contributions of individuals in collaborative research in South Africa. The aim of this proposed study is to provide a guiding framework for a multidisciplinary investigation of ways in which collaborative research can be appropriately recognised and rewarded in South Africa. [...]

ASSAf Institutional Review

23 March 2016, 10:44

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) institutional review is currently underway. Some 30 participants were invited to be interviewed by an independent review panel. The interviews took place from 28 February to 3 March 2016. The participants included heads of South African institutions that work closely with ASSAf, as well as representatives from [...]

InterAcademy Partnership Established

23 March 2016, 10:43

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Three renowned global networks of academies of science and medicine have merged to become the InterAcademy Partnership. The decision to formally establish the InterAcademy Partnership was taken during the General Assembly of IAP – the global network of science academies, when it met in Hermanus, South Africa, on 2 March 2016. The IAP – the [...]