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Category Archives: 2nd Quarter 2017

Quest: Science for South Africa represented at science festivals

22 June 2017, 12:24

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Quest: Science for South Africa, the popular science magazine directed at learners, educators and the general public attended two science festivals during May 2017. The Eding festival is an annual event that takes place in Limpopo and the North West in May and July. Quest presented a science lecture to Grades 10 – 12 science [...]

SAYAS Members in the News

22 June 2017, 12:22

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Prof Tolullah Oni, SAYAS Member and Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy (GYA), has been appointed a committee member of the South African National Member Organisation (SANMO) of the International Institute of Applied Systems (IIASA), situated in Laxenburg, Austria for the period 2017-2020. South Africa’s strategic engagement with IIASA, with the adhering function through the [...]

ASSAf participates in KwaZulu-Natal workshops

22 June 2017, 12:22

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ASSAf participated in workshops that were held in Mbazwana, KwaZulu-Natal during May 2017. Librarians in the Cloud was the title of the first of these workshops that was held on 3 and 4 May 2017. The aim of this two-day workshop was to assist libraries in providing career guidance. Ina Smith from ASSAf was tasked [...]

Update on SciELO SA 2009 – 2017

22 June 2017, 12:20

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The Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) SA is South Africa’s premier open access (free to access and free to publish) searchable full-text journal database in service of the South African research community. The database covers a selected collection of peer-reviewed South African scholarly journals and forms an integral part of the SciELO Brazil project. The [...]

SAJS adopts Crossmark for easy and reliable article updates

22 June 2017, 12:17

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The South African Journal of Science (SAJS) has adopted Crossmark with effect from the May/June issue. Crossmark is a tool that gives readers quick and easy access to the current status of an article. With one click, a reader can see if an article has been updated, corrected or retracted. In the age of digital [...]

Disruptive approaches in journal publishing discussed

22 June 2017, 12:15

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Disruptive approaches in journal publishing and subscriptions were discussed at the South African National Library and Information Consortium (SANLiC) 2017 Conference held from 23 – 25 May 2017 in Durban. In order to conduct proper and sound research, researchers need access to high- quality resources in the form of research papers published in peer-reviewed scholarly [...]

ASSAf celebrates excellence

22 June 2017, 12:15

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) celebrated its 20th year in the service of society in 2016. Two publications were produced to celebrate this achievement – In Pursuit of Excellence ASSAf 1996 – 2016 and Legends of South African Science. ASSAf will be launching these two publications formally at a dinner on 25 [...]

Workshop on Gender, Innovation and the Sustainable Development Goals

22 June 2017, 12:14

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During September this year, a group of local and international experts will meet in Pretoria to explore the role of innovation as a key tool to effectively aid in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – this includes the application of the gender lens in research and all activities that are conducted within [...]

ASSAf presents at AOSP workshop Ghana

22 June 2017, 12:13

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One of the aims of the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) is to better understand the continent, and how it can utilise open science to make research and the accompanying data sets more accessible, visible and beneficial for researchers worldwide. For data to be reusable, they should be curated in a trusted way, and then [...]

ASSAf Members in the news

22 June 2017, 12:12

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Professor Achille Mbembe Professor Mbembe was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). Election to the AAAS recognises Professor Mbembe’s exceptional scholarship within South Africa, the continent and internationally. In particular, it acknowledges his contribution in educational, scientific, cultural philanthropic administration. Professor Mbembe is currently Research Professor at the Wits Institute [...]