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Young Academies’ Statement on Achieving SDGs

5 December 2017, 14:55

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Young Academies of Sciences around the globe have a role to play in solving the dilemmas the world is facing today and in improving the world through scientific discovery. This claim is made in a joint statement on The Role of Young Academies in Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which was published on [...]

SAYAS Inaugurates New Members

5 December 2017, 14:53

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Nine new members of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) were inaugurated on 11 October 2017. Dr Adeyemi Aremu – Dr Aremu is Senior Lecturer at the DST Centre of Excellence in Indigenous Knowledge Systems, North-West University (Mafikeng Campus). Prof Benita Olivier – Prof Olivier is Associate Professor in the field of musculoskeletal [...]

Staff Matters at ASSAf

5 December 2017, 14:51

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Dr Leti Klein has been appointed as Senior Programme Officer: Humanities and STEM Education with effect from 1 December 2017. Leti is a NRF Y2-rated Researcher (2016 – 2021) and has a PhD (Publishing Studies) from the University of Pretoria. She was previously Manager: Open Scholarship and Digitisation Programme at the University of Pretoria. Mr [...]

OpenCon Addresses Open Access

5 December 2017, 14:46

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The OpenCon 2017 was held in Berlin, Germany, from 11 to 13 November 2017 with the theme Empowering the Next Generation to Advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. More than 200 participants from 175 countries attended the conference. Next Generation Initiatives Advancing Open Science were outlined and different regional models used to advance [...]

Botswana Open Science Open Data Forum

5 December 2017, 14:46

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The Botswana Open Science Open Data Forum took place in Botswana on 30 and 31 October 2017. Botswana shares the same challenges as other African countries regarding open science policy, utilising and adapting the current information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure/fibre connections and building capacity. This applies to management of research data on individual researcher/project [...]

SAJS to be more open

5 December 2017, 14:44

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Strategic plans for the South African Journal of Science are currently underway to better align it within an open science philosophy. One of the major plans for this alignment will be to move the journal to the new version of Open Journal Systems (OJS). This migration will also form part of an upgrade of the [...]

ASSAf Members in the News

5 December 2017, 14:43

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Prof Heather Zar Prof Heather Zar has been honoured with the 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award for Africa and the Middle East region. The award recognises Prof Zar’s contribution to child health in Africa and the developing world. She is Professor and Head of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and Director of [...]

Panel on Climate Change S&T Meets

5 December 2017, 14:41

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The panel tasked with producing the Second Biennial Report on the State of Climate Change Science and Technology in South Africa has been enlarged and now includes Prof Harald Winkler of UCT, Prof Rashid Hassan of UP and Prof Danny Simatele of Wits. They are joining Prof Bob Scholes (chair) and Prof Roseanne Diab who [...]

Storytelling in Science Education

5 December 2017, 14:40

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ASSAf, in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States of America in South Africa (US Embassy), co-hosted a panel discussion titled Storytelling and Narrative in Science Education and Communication. The guest speaker was Dr Tyler DeWitt, Research Scientist, High-school Teacher and Digital Content Author. The objective of the panel discussion was to provide a [...]

World Science Forum Held in Jordan

5 December 2017, 14:39

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The eighth World Science Forum (WSF) took place in Jordan from 7 to 11 November 2017. The theme was Science for Peace and a panel of global thought-leaders declared renewed intent to fight poverty and promote just, equitable and inclusive social development based on the restoration, protection and sustainable use of natural resources and ecosystems [...]