ASSAf Presidential Roundtables: Science, Scholarship and Society

The ASSAf Presidential Roundtables on Science, Scholarship and Society bring together experts in a particular field to address a critical issue percolating in society that requires the deliberation of the best minds on the topic.

6th ASSAf Presidential Roundtable

Topic: ‘Frankensteins or Gods? The impact of the new technologies on what it means to be human’
Date: 25 November 2020
Venue: Zoom webinar
Programme: Attached
Video link

5th ASSAf Presidential Roundtable

Topic: ‘Technology and the Future of Higher Education’ – A dialogue on the future of universities in a post COVID-19 world.
: 28 May 2020
Venue: Zoom webinar
Programme: Attached
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4th ASSAf Presidential Roundtable

Topic: ‘Is Scholarly Publishing becoming Unaffordable?’: An Evidence-based Dialogue on the Implications of a European Plan S on South African Research
24 October 2019
: Stellenbosch University Library
Video recording

3rd ASSAf Presidential Roundtable

Topic: ‘To get High or not to get High?’: An Evidence-based Dialogue on the Legalisation of Cannabis Use in a Private Capacity
21 November 2018
: Nelson Mandela University
Video recording
Welcome, Dr Ruby-Ann Levendal, Director: Transformation (Monitoring and Evaluation), Nelson Mandela University
Introductions, Prof Jonathan Jansen, President, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
Opening Statements
Dr Abdul Kader Domingo, Specialist Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer at Stellenbosch University and Member of the SA Society of Psychiatrists Special Group on Addictions
Prof Keymanthri Moodley, Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University
Prof Fraser McNeill, Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Pretoria
Prof Eva Manyedi, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, North   West University and Member of the Central Drug Authority

2nd ASSAf Presidential Roundtable

Topic: Changing Campus Cultures and the Future of South African Universities
30 May 2018
Johannesburg Country Club

Video recording 
Welcome and Introduction, Prof Jonathan Jansen, President, ASSAf
Prof Penelope Andrews, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town
Prof Somadoda Fikeni, Distinguished Professor, Unisa
Prof Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand
Question and Answer Session

1st ASSAf Presidential Roundtable

Topic: University Rankings: Helpful or Harmful?
Date: 7 February 2018
Venue: Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Stellenbosch University
Video recording 
Welcome & Intro Prof Jonathan Jansen
Prof dr Robert Tijissen 
Prof Zeblon Vilakazi 
Prof Lis Lange 
Prof Nico Cloete
Discussions and Q&A
ASSAf article
Media coverage:
Rankings ignore local contexts of universities, say experts
Jonathan Jansen: Rankings not whole story
Ubuntu Podcast

The great global rankings debate