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Category Archives: 3rd Quarter 2017

ASSAf’s Social Media Profile

27 September 2017, 08:13

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Challenged by our new President, Prof Jonathan Jansen, who is very active on social media, ASSAf has been making a concerted effort to improve its social media profile. Many staff have enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to share news of events for which they are responsible and Nadine Wubbeling, our Online Publishing Administrator for the South [...]

67 minutes at Malerato’s Centre for Hope

26 September 2017, 09:17

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In commemoration of Mandela Day 2017 on 18 July 2017, ASSAf staff raised money to treat the children of Malerato’s Centre for Hope in Mamelodi. A Soup Day was held to raise funds to provide snacks and a jumping castle on the day. The children thoroughly enjoyed the jumping castle, which was deflated with far [...]

Journey of a LIASA Librarian of the Year – Ina Smith

26 September 2017, 09:17

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Don’t wait for things to happen, and wait for someone else to make it happen. Go out yourself and make things happen, be that someone. This is an important wisdom I would like to carry with me for the rest of my life. I would like to once again thank the LIASA Librarian of the [...]

Quest – Science Outreach

26 September 2017, 09:14

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NSTF Awards – Brilliant Minds, 30 June 2017 The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) annually recognises individuals and teams who have developed innovations for mobilising knowledge through outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI), which promote sustainable economic growth for South Africa and improve the quality of life of its people. The [...]

Khutso gets her PhD

26 September 2017, 09:12

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Dr Khutso Phalane, Programme Officer at ASSAf, completed her PhD degree in Genetics on the 15 September 2017 from the University of Pretoria under the supervision of Dr’s Vinet Coetzee and Helen Steel. Khutso’s studies investigated the link between facial appearance (e.g. health) and measures of immunity (e.g. cytokine profiling and Human Leukocyte Antigen [HLA] [...]

Quality African Open Access Journals to Communicate Quality African Research

26 September 2017, 09:11

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Africa has much to offer in terms of research, but often the research is not shared, or it is published in international subscription journals to which only the privileged few – those who can afford high publisher subscription fees – have access. An unhealthy obsession with publishing in high impact scholarly journals often results in [...]

IR Training Co-hosted by the Association of African Universities (AAU) and ASSAf

26 September 2017, 09:09

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ASSAf and the Association of African Universities (AAU) co-hosted hands-on DSpace Institutional Repository (IR) training for IR Managers and IR Systems/IT Managers. The Database of Theses, Dissertations and Research (DATAD-R) of the AAU initiated the training event. Thirty participants from seven African countries (Ghana, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda and South Africa) attended. The training [...]

“Data is the New Oil”: Towards a Curriculum and Capacity Building Framework for Research Data

26 September 2017, 09:09

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One of the required outputs of the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) project, is a capacity building framework in terms of managing and sharing African data. Ina Smith, project manager for the African Open Science Platform, attended the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School, presented at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, [...]

Young Scientists at BRICS

26 September 2017, 09:07

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Building Young Scientists’ Leadership in Science, Technology and Innovation was the theme that was explored by ten talented young scientists from South Africa at the 2nd BRICS Young Scientist Forum held from 11 to 15 July 2017 in Hang Zhou, China. The young scientists, accompanied by three senior researchers were nominated by the Academy of [...]

ASSAf’s Evidence-based Studies

26 September 2017, 09:06

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ASSAf, as part of its core mandate, is currently undertaking a number of in-depth evidence-based studies. These are known as consensus studies and are undertaken by a panel of experts appointed by the ASSAf Council. Each of the studies will provide a set of recommendations which are intended for policymakers. Studies underway include: • Second [...]