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Category Archives: 4th Quarter 2018

TWAS meets in Italy

10 December 2018, 11:21

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The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) held its 14th General Conference and 28th General Meeting in Trieste, Italy from 27-29 November 2018. It was a celebration of newly elected Fellows and Young Affiliates, as well as the award of numerous prestigious prizes. Besides for lectures by prize winners there were fascinating symposia on “Breakthroughs in [...]

Engaging with Human Rights in the National Academy Context

10 December 2018, 11:21

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), together with the US National Academies of Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Tanzanian Academy of Sciences participated in an online meeting organised by the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Society (HR Network). The meeting, which took place in the [...]

Launch of the Kingdom of eSwatini Academy of Sciences

10 December 2018, 11:20

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Swaziland launched the newly established Kingdom of eSwatini Academy of Sciences (KEAS) on 27 November 2018. The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology under which the Department of Science and Technology reports, Mr Masuku, officiated on behalf of the Minister who could not attend. Various national, regional and international stakeholders attended. [...]

Kenya-South Africa Diaspora Colloquium

10 December 2018, 11:20

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ASSAf in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) hosted the Kenya-South Africa diaspora colloquium. The event targeted Kenyan senior scientists, young scientists and PhD students in the social, physical and natural science fields working in South African research organisations, universities and the private sector. Also invited were South Africans who have had [...]

ASSAf features at International Data Week 2018

10 December 2018, 11:19

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International Data Week 2018 (IDW2018) brought together more than 800 participants from 64 countries and six continents, with Botswana, South Africa and the United States having the highest numbers of representatives. The African Open Science Platform (AOSP) – managed by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) – was part of the organising committee, [...]

ASSAf Science – Business Leadership Forum: “Mathematics and Science Education under Spotlight”

10 December 2018, 11:14

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with Investec Johannesburg, hosted the 1st ASSAf Science − Business Leadership Forum on 30 November 2018 at Investec Johannesburg in Sandton. The goal of the forum is to build relationships between business and the Academy to secure ongoing support of business for strengthening science education [...]

ASSAf Partners with the U.S. Embassy hosts Public Lecture

10 December 2018, 11:14

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the US Embassy, jointly with the Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), hosted a public lecture on 15 November 2018 in Pretoria. The lecture titled Landing on Mars – What it Means for the Earthlings, was delivered by Major General Charles Frank Bolden Jr, United States Marine [...]

ASSAf Launches Study on Human Genetics and Genomics

10 December 2018, 11:13

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South Africa needs to develop policies, regulation and guidelines to address the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genetic and genomic work. These need to be ethically and legally sound, culturally appropriate, feasible, enforceable and sustainable. This is found in a study report entitled Human Genetics and Genomics in South Africa: Ethical, Legal and [...]

Impact of Neonicotinoids in Africa Addressed

10 December 2018, 11:10

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The potential risk of neonicotinoids in Africa was assessed at a workshop hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. The workshop entitled Neonicotinoids and Their Impact on Ecosystem Services for Agriculture/Biodiversity in Africa specifically focussed on the threats that the systemic agricultural insecticide, neonicotinoids, [...]

Cannabis in the Spotlight

10 December 2018, 11:07

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To get high, or not to get high? A multi-disciplinary team of panellists shed some light on the use of cannabis at the third Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Presidential Roundtable in Port Elizabeth on 21 November 2018. The roundtable, hosted by ASSAf, in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela University and in media [...]