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Poverty Reduction in Africa Investigated

5 December 2016, 07:32

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Representatives of 22 African science academies met from 6 – 9 November 2016 to deliberate on poverty reduction on the continent. The challenges faced by Africa due to extreme poverty were scrutinised at the 12th Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA) that was jointly hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), [...]

Annual Young Scientist Conference

30 November 2016, 09:40

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Human rights came under scrutiny at the 7th Annual Young Scientists’ Conference on 6 and 7 October 2016 at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre. The conference was hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), [...]

LIASA Librarian of the Year announced

28 November 2016, 13:22

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ASSAf’s SciELO Planning Manager, Ina Smith was the co-recipient of LIASA Librarian of the Year Award. The Librarian of the Year Award was announced during the Gala Dinner at the LIASA (Library and Information Association of South Africa) Conference on 13 October 2016. The Librarian of the Year is a role model for the Library [...]

ASSAf partners with Akademie

28 November 2016, 13:21

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) partnered with the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns to co-host two education-related academic colloquia in Pretoria on 11 November 2016. Finnish guest speaker, Professor Jukka Alava, addressed two topics, namely From Innovation to Concrete Action – The Demand of Holistic Thinking, and From Nation Building to [...]

SAJS welcomes new Associate Editors

28 November 2016, 13:20

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The South African Journal of Science has appointed two new Associate Editors: Prof Sally Archibald (Organismal Biology) and Prof Maryna Steyn (Archaeology, Anthropology and Palaeontology). Professors Archibald and Steyn replace Professors Brian van Wilgen and Francis Thackeray. We thank Professors van Wilgen and Thackeray for their extensive contributions to the journal and wish them well [...]

Taking African Science to the World: Knowledge Exchange Visit to UK for SA Women in Science

28 November 2016, 13:19

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From 24-28 October 2016, five young female researchers attended a Best Practice in Science Communication study tour in the United Kingdom, as part of the British Council’s Professional Development and Engagement (PDE) programme, under the Newton Fund. This tour involved engaging with leading science communicators, journalists and decision-makers for knowledge exchange and to foster relationship/partnerships. [...]

New SAYAS EXCO 2016

28 November 2016, 13:18

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The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) elected new executive committee members at its sixth Annual General Meeting held on 12 to 13 October, 2016. The new EXCO team will serve for a one-year period. They are: Dr Sahal Yacoob – Co-Chair He is an experimental particle physicist and lectures at the University of [...]

In Memorium – Prof Thomas Hamilton Bothwell

28 November 2016, 13:15

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Thomas Hamilton Bothwell, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, ASSAf Member and an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand passed away on 12 November 2016. Prof Bothwell was the Head of Department of Internal Medicine from 1967 to 1991. At the same time he was also Chief Physician at the Johannesburg Hospital (today [...]

In Memorium – Prof André van der Walt

28 November 2016, 13:15

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André van der Walt was a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Public Law and incumbent of the South African Research Chair in Property Law at Stellenbosch University (SU). Prof Van der Walt was one of the foremost legal academics not only in the Stellenbosch Law Faculty, but also in South Africa and internationally. His [...]

ASSAf MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

28 November 2016, 13:14

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Prof Tshilidzi Marwala Prof Marwala was awarded the professional achievement award by the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio (USA). The award from CWRU recognises alumni who are exceptionally accomplished in their careers and have made a name for themselves and their university through their excellent work and proven leadership [...]