ASSAf News

Published: 27 July 2017

The Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, yesterday inaugurated Council members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

Published: 24 July 2017

Two commemorative publications to mark 20 years of excellence in science as the official science academy in South Africa will be released by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) this week.

Published: 17 July 2017

Some 200 young scientists from all over the world will converge on Johannesburg this week for the 8th Annual Young Scientists’ Conference and the 3rd Worldwide Meeting of National Young Academies of Science.

Published: 04 July 2017

As the effects of climate change continue to be felt around the world, particularly in Africa, ongoing research has become critical to mitigate its impacts. In response, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has committed to produce two reports on climate change for Cabinet as part of "Outcome 10: Protect and Enhance our Environmental Assets and Natural Resources" of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework.

Published: 04 July 2017

After five days of intensive learning, networking and socialising, the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting wrapped up in festive fashion on Friday, 30 June, with a day-trip to Mainau Island. Delegates spent the day walking and picnicking on the picturesque island before partying it up on the boat on the way home.

Published: 30 June 2017

Africa has 22 Nobel Prizes to its name, with only six of those in the sciences. To solve the myriad social and environmental challenges that face the continent, we need to produce a great many more Nobel Prize-winning scientists.

Published: 30 June 2017

The Academy takes pride in congratulating six of its Members who walked away as winners at last night’s prestigious NSTF-South32 science, engineering and innovation awards. They are:

Published: 29 June 2017

Nobel Laureates are some of the most intelligent and successful humans on the planet. Hearing them speak over the last few days has shone new light on how to pursue the world’s most prestigious award for scientific excellence.

Published: 27 June 2017

From political upsets to climate change and the rise of fake news, the modern world seems a suddenly turbulent place. In the midst of this social upheaval, what role should scientists play? Whose job is it to carry the torch of truth and reason through a world increasingly darkened by ignorance and distrust?

Published: 13 June 2017

Six young scientists nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) will be among 400 researchers from the Commonwealth’s scientific community this week to discuss pressing global issues. The Commonwealth Science Conference 2017 is taking place in Singapore from 13 – 16 June 2017. Issues such as climate change, future technologies, energy and carbon storage and medical research will come under the spotlight. 

Published: 05 June 2017

Cape Town is the chosen venue for the launch of an annual consultative process looking at the true robustness of science and society-led policy-making inside the Africa 54. The common goal is to arrive at a Cape Town Declaration on Ethics & Principles of Science & Society Policy-Making for Africa in time for the World Science Forum 2021. This indaba is Co-Chaired by Prof. Roseanne Diab, Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of SA (ASSAf) and Prof. Julian Kinderlerer, Emeritus Professor Cape Town University and Member, European Group on Ethics.

Published: 01 June 2017

One young South African economist will represent the country at the prestigious 6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences later this year. Rozanne Bester, MCom student in Economics at the University of Pretoria was nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

Published: 24 May 2017

Nine Members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) are among the Finalists in the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awards for 2016/2017. The highly-acclaimed NSTF Awards recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation for researchers and other SET-related professionals. This includes experienced scientists, engineers, innovators, science communicators, research and engineering capacity builders, organisational managers/leaders, and research managers.

Published: 09 May 2017

A send-off meeting to introduce five young South African scientists nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to attend the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will be held on 11-12 May 2017.

Published: 04 May 2017

The Royal Academy of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a public lecture by Eric Harley, FRSSAf, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town on ‘The White Rhinoceros. A problem in Conservation.’

Published: 05 April 2017

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the United Kingdom Academy of Medical Sciences have launched two reports (synopsis and proceedings) and an animation on multimorbidity in South Africa.

Published: 05 April 2017

Twelve of the 15 SADC member countries will be represented at a regional workshop to determine progress in gender monitoring and evaluation in science, technology and innovation (STI).

Published: 04 April 2017

ASSAf, together with its partners, is seeking young scientists based in South Africa to participate in a conference on Young Scientists’ Role in Science Advice. This multilateral conference will provide a platform for scientific exchange among senior and young scientists in the area of harnessing the demographic dividend through investments made in young scientists.

Published: 29 March 2017

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is one of 19 science academies that has endorsed a call emphasising the need for evidence-based strategies to combat communicable and non-communicable diseases which continue to seriously endanger individual well-being and global health, and threaten the global economy.

Published: 06 March 2017

The quality of borehole water was the subject of the winning presentation at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)-Famelab Heat held in Pretoria last week.

Published: 06 March 2017

Five young South Africans nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) have been included in the 400 young scientists from 76 countries selected to participate in this year’s 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.

Published: 01 March 2017

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has announced the winner of its first Humanities Book Award.  

Published: 28 February 2017

The challenges posed by identifying synergies in mathematical sciences is the subject of a report released by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) on 27 February 2017.

Published: 21 February 2017

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to the inaugural ASSAf Annual Humanities Lecture and ASSAf Humanities Book Award.

Published: 14 February 2017

The reduction of poverty in Africa is the subject of a report released by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) today. The report reflects the proceedings of a two-day workshop attended by representatives of 22 African science academies that was held in November last year. 

Published: 07 February 2017

Rapid urbanisation in low- and middle-income countries is having a significant impact on the health and wellbeing on the world’s population. Healthcare services in growing cities are struggling, and are already swamped with ongoing challenges like infectious diseases. They have limited time or resources to tackle chronic diseases like high blood pressure, which are often without symptoms early on, yet can cause long-term damage.

Published: 30 January 2017

Human rights and social determinants of health are the subjects of two reports released by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

Published: 25 January 2017

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office of sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) announced the winner of its annual Regional Young Scientists’ award.

Published: 12 December 2016

An initiative to establish an African Open Science Platform to promote the value and exploit the potential of Open Data for science was announced by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, at the Science Forum South Africa 2016 (SFSA).

Published: 05 December 2016

The South African Journal of Science (SAJS) pays tribute to the academic impact of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in a commemorative compilation highlighting the work of ASSAf in its first 20 years.

Published: 14 October 2016

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) have called for an urgent high-level summit to address the current crisis in higher education.

Published: 14 June 2016

With the annual national Youth Day being celebrated this week, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) highlights opportunities available through ASSAf for young scientists in South Africa.

The most prestigious of these is membership of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). Membership of SAYAS is by election and provides an opportunity for young scientists to enhance their networks and contribute to the building of the national system of innovation. SAYAS promotes excellence and the building of high-level skills that are critical for South Africa’s development.

Published: 29 February 2016

Women representation and participation in national science academies globally are insignificant despite efforts to promote the role of women in science. The first comprehensive survey of member academies of IAP: The Global Network of Science Academies, found the average share of women members across 69 national science academies to be 12%. In just under one half, 30 academies from 69, the share of women members was either 10% or less.