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Category Archives: 2nd Quarter 2011

Regulatory Implications of Breeding Techniques Examined

22 June 2017, 12:02

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A workshop on the regulatory implications of new breeding techniques and their relevance to the South African biotechnology sector was held in Pretoria on 20 June 2017. The workshop followed a consensus study recently released by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). This consensus study, Regulatory Implications of New Breeding Techniques, was undertaken [...]

Joint workshop with NASAC on gender mainstreaming in science education

6 July 2015, 07:32

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The Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), in partnership with the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and GenderInSITE southern Africa, hosted a workshop on mainstreaming gender in science education. The workshop was held in Nairobi on 27 and 28 May 2015. The workshop brought together representatives from academies of science, with the aim of creating awareness on [...]

Joint G8+ Science Academies’ Statement on Water & Health

11 July 2011, 13:10

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Background The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7C states: “Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation”. The Academies of Science of the G8+ countries stress that accessibility, quality and protection of water resources are fundamental to human health in rural and urban areas worldwide.   The [...]

Joint G8+ Science Academies’ Statement on Education for a Science-Based Global Development

11 July 2011, 13:08

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Background Economic growth, provision of food and progress in health – as measured by the spectacular increase in life expectancy during the 20th century and into this first decade of the 21st century – is attributable mostly to advances in science and technology and the expansion of systems of research and education. These advances have [...]

Statement issued by the ASSAf STEM Committee

11 July 2011, 13:07

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Background The interface between school and higher education in South Africa has often been characterised in terms of a discontinuity or ‘articulation gap’.  Over the last few decades, the predominant mode for responding to this gap has been the establishment by the higher education sector of what are currently termed foundation programmes or extended curriculum [...]

Highlights from the current issue of SAJS vol 107, no 5/6 (2011)

11 July 2011, 13:05

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Brazilian mammal-like fossil find suggests link to South Africa  The discovery of a 260-million-year-old Tiarajudens eccentricus in Brazil that was announced to the world in March this year may for the first time suggest that anomodonts roamed both continents in the Permian period.  The Tiarajudens find in Brazil consists of a partial skull with an [...]

SciELO-SA Update

11 July 2011, 13:03

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The Scholarly Publishing Unit of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has recently added the following prestigious scholarly journal titles to the SciELO-SA Open Access platform:  South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences Journal of the South African Veterinary Association. This brings the total number of titles on the platform to 19 [...]

Publishers’ Forum to be significant new stakeholder

11 July 2011, 13:01

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The National Scholarly Book Publishers’ Forum met on 27 May 2011 at the Human Sciences Research Council’s offices in Cape Town. The meeting was attended by representatives of nine publishing institutions.  The vision and mission of the National Scholarly Book Publishers’ Forum are to make the Forum a significant new stakeholder in the South African national [...]

Quest at SciFest

11 July 2011, 12:59

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Quest : Science for South Africa, ASSAf’s popular youth science magazine, participated in SciFest2011 in Grahamstown in May.  The exhibition introduced the youth to Quest and focused on features and topics typically highlighted in Quest. The website, www.questinteractive.co.za was also introduced to learners who visited the event.  SciFest Africa is a project of the Grahamstown [...]

Science for Society goes electronic

11 July 2011, 05:58

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In future, Science for Society, the quarterly newsletter of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) will be produced and distributed through electronic media. This means that recipients of the newsletter will no longer be receiving a printed copy that is mailed to them. They will now have easy access to all the latest news in [...]