ASSAf News

Symbol   620x792 300dpiThe Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) inaugurated 31 leading scientists as new Members at its annual Awards Ceremony in Stellenbosch on 14 October 2015, bringing the total Membership to 472.

As the official Academy of South Africa, ASSAf has as core function to honour the country’s most outstanding scholars by electing them to Membership of the Academy. ASSAf Members are drawn from the full spectrum of disciplines.

New Members are elected each year by the full existing Membership. Membership of the Academy is a great honour and is in recognition of scholarly achievement. Members are the core asset of the Academy and give of their time and expertise voluntarily in the service of society.

The new ASSAf Members are:

PROF PETER ALEXANDER Professor of Sociology and NRF SARChI Chair in Social Change at the University of Johannesburg.
PROF PRISCILLA BAKER Professor in Analytical Electrochemistry in the Department of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape.
PROF THERESA COETZER Acting Dean of Research: College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
PROF ERNST CONRADIE Senior Professor in the Department of Religion and Theology at the University of the Western Cape where he teaches Systematic Theology and Ethics.
PROF DEON DE BEER Chief Director: Technology Transfer & Innovation Support, North-West University, Potchefstroom.
PROF UMA DHUPELIA-MESTHRIE Senior Professor in the Department of History at the University of the Western Cape and Deputy Dean (Research and Postgraduate Studies) in the Arts Faculty.
PROF JEANETTA DU PLESSIS Director of the Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences and Professor of Pharmaceutics at the NWU (Potchefstroom).
PROF STEPHANUS FERREIRA Director of the Centre for Space Research at North-West University (Potchefstroom).
PROF THOMAS (TONY) FORD Former Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
PROF BRIAN HARVEY Professor, Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences, North-West University (Potchefstroom).
PROF BAVESH KANA Senior Researcher and Head of the Wits Node of the Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research.
PROF HESTER KLOPPER Chief Executive Officer: Forum for University Nursing Deans of South Africa and President of Sigma Theta Tau International.
PROF MURRAY LEIBBRANDT Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town and the Director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit.
PROF BHEKIE MAMBA Director of the Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Research Unit, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Unisa.
PROF JULIAN MAY Director, NRF/DST Centre of Excellence in Food Security, and Director and Professor, Institute for Social Development, University of the Western Cape.
PROF GRAEME MEINTJES Associate Professor of Medicine, an Infectious Diseases Physician and a clinician scientist based at the University of Cape Town.
PROF KEYMANTHRI MOODLEY Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Department of Medicine, Stellenbosch University.  
PROF STUART PIKETH Director: School of Geo and Spatial Science, North-West University (Potchefstroom).
PROF TAHIR PILLAY Chief Specialist, Professor and Head of the Department of Chemical Pathology, and Director of the Division of Clinical Pathology at the University of Pretoria.
PROF CHRISTIAN PIRK Professor, Department of Zoology and Entomology Social Insect Research Group at the University of Pretoria.
PROF GITA RAMJEE Director and Chief Specialist Scientist of the HIV Prevention Research Unit.
PROF LAETITIA RISPEL Head of the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand.
PROF MARIA (MAXI) SCHOEMAN Professor and Head of the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria and deputy chair of the South African Council on International Relations.
PROF TAMARA SHEFER Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Western Cape.
PROF PRECIOUS SIBANDA Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
PROF ROBERT SLOTOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
PROF DANIELA CRISTINA STEFAN Vice-President of the South African Medical Research Council.
PROF GARTH STEVENS Assistant Dean for Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Professor in the Department of Psychology, Wits.
PROF CHRISTOPHER STROUD Senior Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of the Western Cape and Director of the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research at the university.
PROF ANDRÉ STRYDOM Vice-Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Director: Faculty Central Analytical Facility, University of Johannesburg.
PROF STEFAN WEISS Professor of Biochemistry at the School of Molecular and Cell Biology, Faculty of Science of the University of the Witwatersrand.

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