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Category Archives: 1st Quarter 2017

TWAS-ROSSA Attends TWAS-ROCASA Young Scientists’ Conference

23 March 2017, 11:27

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TWAS-ROSSA nominated ten young scientists from sub-Saharan Africa (Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe) to attend The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for Central and South Asia (TWAS-ROCASA) young scientists’ conference in Bangalore (India) in December 2016. The theme for the conference was Frontiers in Earth and Climate Sciences. The objectives for the [...]

TWAS-ROSSA Announced Winner of Prestigious Award

23 March 2017, 11:26

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The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office of sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) announced the winner of its annual Regional Young Scientists’ award. Ms Alice Wamundiya, a Rwandan national based at the University of the Witwatersrand is the recipient of this prestigious prize. She was awarded the 2016 TWAS-ROSSA Regional Young Scientists’ Prize for her contribution to [...]

SciFest 2017

23 March 2017, 11:26

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ASSAf participated in SciFest 2017, which took place from 7 to 14 March 2017 in Grahamstown. ASSAf made use of the opportunity to showcase the Quest: Science for South Africa magazine to the 56 000 visitors that attended the event. The theme for Scifest 2017 was Tour de Science with reference to the United Nations [...]

SA Open Science Policy Workshop

23 March 2017, 11:25

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The South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) is drafting a White Paper on Science and Technology for completion in 2017. The White Paper will guide the strategic direction of the South African System for Research and Innovation for the next decade. The country needs to be taken forward as a leading African knowledge [...]

Open Science Initiatives

23 March 2017, 11:24

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The African Open Science Platform initiative that seeks to put into practice the principles and enabling practices for Open Data and Open Science was launched during the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) 2016. The platform will play a critical role in assisting African countries to develop the necessary capacities to manage and exploit scientific data [...]

ICSU ROA Appointments

23 March 2017, 11:21

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Daniel Nyanganyura has been appointed as the Regional Director for ICSU ROA. Dr Nyanganyura has been with ICSU ROA since August 2008 as a Programme Specialist in physics, mathematics and engineering sciences. He holds a doctorate in atmospheric physics, MSc in agricultural meteorology, and BSc Hons in physics; as well as a Licentiate Degree in [...]

ASSAf Members in the News

23 March 2017, 11:21

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Prof Felix Dakora Prof Dakora was awarded the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Continental Science Award in the category of Earth and Life Sciences. The award recognises his outstanding contribution to African development for his research in the field of plant sciences. Prof Dakora holds the South African Research Chair in Agrochemurgy and Plant Symbioses at [...]

National Scholarly Book Publishers’ Forum Meets

23 March 2017, 11:19

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On 6 December 2016, the National Scholarly Book Publishers’ Forum (NSBPF) held a business meeting and workshop via video conferencing in Pretoria and Cape Town. The meeting was chaired by Prof Robin Crewe. Ten members attended the business meeting in Pretoria and eight in Cape Town. The meeting addressed the Code of Best Practice for [...]

ASSAf-Famelab Heat Winner Announced

23 March 2017, 11:18

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The quality of borehole water was the subject of the winning presentation at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)-Famelab Heat held in Pretoria on 2 March 2017. Clarissa van der Loo, a doctoral student at the University of Johannesburg, discussed organisms found in borehole water and the health dangers lurking in it. Van [...]

Consultative Workshop on Climate Change S&T in South Africa

23 March 2017, 11:17

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A consultative workshop on science and technology (S&T) related to climate change in South Africa was hosted by ASSAf on 18 January 2017. The purpose of the workshop was to receive feedback from representatives of organisations featured in the draft of the Biennial Report on the State of Climate Change S&T in South Africa. The [...]