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Category Archives: 2nd Quarter 2012

Prof Bruce Alberts speaks on Science and World’s Future at UCT

2 July 2012, 08:21

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Scientists have, for example, produced a deep understanding of the natural world that often enables an accurate prediction of the consequences of current actions on the future, such as climate change.   Professor Alberts also advocated that science education needs to be redefined, with much less emphasis on the memorisation of science facts and terms. He [...]

IBSE policymakers’ booklet launched in Zambia and Zimbabwe

2 July 2012, 07:56

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The workshop brought together about 30 representatives from other science academies in the region, as well as local researchers, teachers,and government representatives to explore: the rationale for encouraging more girls and young women to study science and technology; the kinds of curriculum resources and pedagogies which appeal particularly to girls; how to reach out to [...]

Prof Mohamed Hassan elected as Foreign Associate of ASSAf

2 July 2012, 07:18

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Professor Hassan has played a critical role in the establishment of science academies on the African continent and championed the founding of the AAS and the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC). In particular, he assisted ASSAf in its infancy phase by ensuring that it reaped the benefits from capacity building grants, which saw ASSAf [...]

Ministerial Review Report on the Science, Technology and Innovation Landscape published

2 July 2012, 06:58

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The purpose of the review was to review the Science, Technology and Innovation landscape in South Africa with a view to assessing  the degree of efficiency of resources and readiness for future challenges in the global context.  Phase One involved the scrutiny of policy frameworks developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) before [...]

Highlights of the current issue of SAJS 108 5/6, May/June 2012

27 June 2012, 12:02

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South African youth at risk from overweight and obesity Overweight and obesity in children and adolescents are on the increase worldwide. In Africa, the number of overweight or obese children has doubled since 1990. Rossouw and colleagues report that the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents in South Africa is increasing, but [...]

ASSAf and SAYAS Members recognised

27 June 2012, 11:26

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To an Individual for an outstanding contribution to SETI over a lifetime Professor David Glasser, who is internationally recognised for ground-breaking research in design and reactor theory, and synthesis processes that produce energy from waste. To an Individual for an outstanding contribution to SETI through Management and related activities over the last 5 to 10 [...]

Purposeful support for health research in South Africa

27 June 2012, 11:10

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The 1000 doctoral scholars are to be recruited from young staff, in clinical streams, in all the country’s health sciences faculties, and will be funded for full-time study over 4 years, either in South Africa or abroad. The first 30 scholars will start by the end of next year, and the number of newly selected [...]

Global Young Academy Wraps Up Successful General Assembly Meeting

27 June 2012, 10:17

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Minister Pandor reminded delegates that, “Rio+20 is an historic opportunity to define pathways to a sustainable future – a future with more jobs, more clean energy, greater security and a decent standard of living for all.” Young scientists have a particular responsibility towards this, and much of this lies in the arena of engaging with [...]

South Africa should heed the lessons of Fukushima in nuclear energy plans

27 June 2012, 09:26

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The South African government approved the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity 2010-2030 (IRP 2010) last year. The plan includes increased use of nuclear energy in the country’s energy mix and the first new nuclear plant is envisaged to be commissioned in 2023.  In its statement, ASSAf says that the 2011 events in Japan  created an [...]

The GYA Sandton Declaration on Sustainability

27 June 2012, 09:07

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On the cusp of Rio+20, we stand in a unique position as inheritors of the world that was promised in 1992. Having come of age in the lead-up to Rio+20, we, the Global Young Academy, now add our voice to that of the established stakeholders from the scientific community. We are moved to do so [...]