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Published: 11 September 2018

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a public lecture by Professor Kobus Visser, Emeritus Professor, School of Business and Finance, University of the Western Cape on Managing Complex Situations: Lessons from the World’s First Heart Transplant.

Published: 10 September 2018

Young scientists will deliberate on corruption and its negative effects on Africa’s progress at the 9th Young Scientists’ Conference which will be held from 13 – 14 September 2018 in Johannesburg.

Published: 27 August 2018

You are cordially invited to the 2018 Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Annual Humanities Lecture on Intergenerational Trauma, Past and Present: Why the Internal Worlds of Black Lives Matter by Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela and the ASSAf Humanities Book Award & Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Medal for Social Sciences and Humanities. This joint event by ASSAf and HSRC will celebrate Humanities and Social Sciences.

Published: 22 August 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), will be seeking candidates to participate in the 2019 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting to be held from 30 June to 5 July 2019 in Lindau, Germany.

Published: 08 August 2018

This Innovation for Inclusive Development (IID) learning intervention hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) sets out to discuss the deployment of open data driven solutions to improve public service delivery, empower citizen, create economic opportunities and solve societal challenges. To better understand and harness the impact of open data, there’s a need to delve deeper to unpack the dynamics of open data practices in South Africa.

Published: 03 August 2018

Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a free public lecture by Professor Rajend Mesthrie, SARCHI Chair, Linguistics Section, School of African & Gender Studies, Anthropology & Linguistics, UCT on How South African languages have influenced each other over the course of history.

Abstract:

This talk will be concerned with the ways in which the many languages of Southern Africa have influenced each other over the last four centuries.  Although South Africa is often characterised by the notorious practice of apartheid which aimed to keep ethnic groups apart, in reality a large amount of contact between groups of people and their languages did occur.  The talk will provide an overview of the extent to which there has been language convergence in South Africa across languages. 

About the Speaker:

Professor Rajend Mesthrie is a SARCHI chair in the Linguistics Section of the School of African and Gender Studies in Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Cape Town. Amongst his  publications are Language in South Africa , World Englishes (with Rakesh Bhatt),  A Dictionary of South African Indian English (UCT Press 2010), A Handbook of Sociolinguistics (CUP 2011), and the more “popular” book, Eish, but is it English: celebrating the South African variety (with the journalist Jeanne Hromnik).

Prof. Mesthrie holds a current A-rating from the NRF.

Date:     Wednesday 15 August 2018

Time:    17h00 (Tea will be served from 16h30)

Place:    South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*

*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : From the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue until the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the auditorium i.e. last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).                                                                

PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OF DRIVEWAYS

Published: 19 July 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) and the Organisation for Women in Science for Developing World - South Africa National Chapter (OWSD-SANC) will be hosting the Annual Young Scientists’ Conference on 13 – 14 September 2018.

Published: 19 July 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the New Zealand High Commission in South Africa cordially invite you to a public lecture on Science, Policy and Society – Accelerating Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals by Sir Peter Gluckman, Science Envoy for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Published: 10 July 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) together with the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) invites you to a symposium on The Root Causes of Low Coverage and Under-Immunisation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Published: 06 July 2018

Trieste, Italy, 5 July 2018

The InterAcademy Partnership for Health (IAP for Health) today issues ‘A Call for Action to Tackle the Growing Burden of Dementia’. This IAP Statement is endorsed by more than 50 members of IAP for Health (i.e. academies of medicine and academies of science with strong medical sections from around the world).

Published: 05 July 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is looking for an experienced science magazine editor to create compelling content and oversee the full scope of the editorial process of the Quest magazine from concept to publication. The successful editor will work as an independent person in liaison with the Education Liaison Officer within the Scholarly Publishing Programme at ASSAf. Advised by an Editorial Advisory Board and reporting to the Executive Officer.

Published: 02 July 2018

A week of intense discussion, socialising and learning has come to an end at Lindau with a day spent at the garden island of Mainau on Lake Constance. Home to Countess Bettina Bernadotte, President of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, Mainau is a plant-lover’s paradise, with beautiful sculpted gardens, a butterfly park and numerous water features. The delegates listened to a panel discussion on ‘Living in the post-truth era’, before spending hours picnicking beneath towering trees and wandering the utopian island. On the boat home to Lindau on Friday evening, South African delegates shared their sadness that the conference was over, but left inspired and full of new ideas.

Published: 30 June 2018

“There is no point to health innovation if it can’t serve everyone who needs it.”

Edith Phalane, a PhD student at North-West University, is a passionate advocate for science for Africa. She was one of the panellists at a breakfast event titled Health Innovation in Africa: The Way Forward, where panelists and delegates discussed infrastructure, capacity building and community health work.

Published: 28 June 2018

Genome editing may sound like science fiction, or perhaps something from a horror movie, but it is a process as old as life itself. All organisms edit their own genes, humans have edited genes (without knowing it) since the dawn of agriculture, and now genome editing technology offers the chance to treat incurable genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis or Huntington’s disease. Delegates at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings gathered to discuss the ethical, social and scientific challenges around topics like CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology and the ‘designer baby’ phenomenon.

Published: 27 June 2018

South African (SA) young scientist Blessing Ahiante of North-West University who is attending the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting said that learning about the genetic clock made her think about stress in African populations in new ways. “I can relate because most people in SA are stressed in some way: not sleeping, not resting, working all the time,” she said. “I was interested to learn how these stressors can influence the genes.”

Published: 26 June 2018

Professor Elizabeth Blackburn has called for a global agreement for sustainable basic research, modelled on the Paris Climate Accord, during her keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The proposed accord would see global support for basic research to help address challenges in health, nutrition, climate and energy, and encourage a fairer and more inclusive society for all.

Published: 06 June 2018

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a public lecture by Prof Peter Ryan, Director of the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town on Seabirds: Their Biology and Conservation

Published: 01 June 2018

The classroom buzzed: with talk, with laughter, with young minds at work. In small groups, young scientists and learners leaned in to discuss real environmental and health problems in their community and think of how research could solve them.

Published: 01 June 2018

Two Members of the South African Young Academy of Science SAYAS) are among the Finalists in the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awards for2017/2018. 

Published: 01 June 2018

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 for2017/2018. 

Published: 01 June 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) celebrated Africa month with an inaugural workshop on science diplomacy that was hosted from 21 to 25 May 2018 near Pretoria.

Published: 01 June 2018

Assessment of Private Sector Involvement in Climate Change Related Research, Development and Innovation in South Africa. This study sets out to understand which organisations/entities are active in climate change related research, development and innovation (RDI), what kinds of activities are prioritised, what is the magnitude and nature of climate change RDI investment in the private sector, and how this compares to and complements public investments. Read more

Published: 01 June 2018

This annual award was established by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in 2002 and its purpose is to recognise outstanding scientists who have applied scientific thinking in the service of society. All areas of science and scholarly work are considered. Up to two awards are made each year. Regulation 2Read more

Published: 02 May 2018

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa cordially invite you to a public lecture by Professor Mike Bruton, Honorary Research Associate, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, Grahamstown.

Published: 02 May 2018

ASSAf Members - You are hereby invited to submit nominations to fill the position on the ASSAf Council for the remainder of the 2016 - 2020 cycle. There is one vacant position on the ASSAf Council subsequent to the resignation of Professor Shireen Hassim before the expiration of her term of office.

Published: 25 April 2018

Dear ASSAf Members and stakeholders
It has been a great honour for me to have served the Academy as Executive Officer over the past ten years. It has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience that I have enjoyed immensely. The time has now come for me to retire and I will leave ASSAf at the end of this year. We have advertised the position and have also appointed a Council head hunting team to assist in the identification of suitable candidates. 

Published: 23 April 2018

Young scientists from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) deliberated on the eradication of hunger and food security at a workshop hosted by the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) from 11 to 13 April 2018.

Published: 06 April 2018

The South African Journal of Science is an open access, multidisciplinary journal published bimonthly by the Academy of Science of South Africa. The Journal’s mandate is to publish original research with an interdisciplinary and regional Africa focus and to provide a forum for discussion of news and developments in research and higher education.

Published: 06 April 2018

The scourge of infectious diseases in Africa will be the subject of a symposium co-hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Uganda National Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina next week.

Published: 16 March 2018

ASSAf Members

The annual process of nominating and electing new Members to ASSAf has commenced, in accordance with Regulation 1 of the Academy, and you are herewith requested to submit nominations by using the attached nomination form. Click here for more information on the Call.

Published: 15 March 2018

The state of safety in life science research in southern African countries will be probed at a two-day workshop of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) on 19 – 20 March 2018.

Published: 12 March 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has joined science leaders from around the globe to call on the Commonwealth Heads of Government to use the best available science to guide action on climate change.

Published: 08 March 2018

Science and uncertainty is being explored at a symposium hosted by the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) on 8 – 9 March 2018.

Published: 01 March 2018

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a public lecture by Professor Rebecca Ackermann, Director of the Human Evolution Research Institute in the Department of Archaeology at University of Cape Town on ‘Ancient Sex and the Production of Human Diversity’.

Published: 01 March 2018

Six young female South African scientists were nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetinglater this year in Lindau, Germany.

Published: 01 March 2018

ASSAf annually invites a distinguished visiting scholar, who is an internationally recognised scholar, an inspirational speaker and who can bridge the divides between disciplines, to visit South Africa for the purpose of giving public lectures and interacting with local scholars in various centres across the country.

Published: 28 February 2018

The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) seeks to elect the country’s leading emerging researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities. In addition to their demonstrated research excellence, candidates should also be able to show an ongoing commitment to improving South African science through engagement in community development, capacity building and mentoring activities.

Published: 13 February 2018

This two-day workshop follows the release (in 2015) of the ASSAf consensus report The State of Biosafety and Biosecurity in South Africa (http://research.assaf.org.za/handle/20.500.11911/58). The workshop will bring together scientists, policymakers, non-government representatives and other key role players from the SADC region.

Published: 05 February 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa’s (ASSAf) first Presidential Roundtable on University Rankings and their place in the South African higher education context came under the spotlight on 7 February 2018 at a high-level discussion held in Stellenbosch.

Published: 26 January 2018

The Royal Society of South Agrifa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a public lecture by Professor Lester Davids, Department of Medical Biosciences at the University of the Western Cape on “Mirror! Mirror! On the wall…” Reflections on a Decade of Skin Research

Published: 12 January 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina will be hosting an Infectious Diseases Symposium from 12 to 13 April 2018 at  in Durban South Africa. The theme of the symposium is “Surveillance and Response to Infectious Diseases and Comorbidities: An African and German Perspective”. The symposium will explore the following topics: antimicrobial resistance; one health; comorbidities; HIV; TB; Malaria; and HCV.

Published: 09 January 2018

ASSAf HUMANITIES BOOK AWARD - Scholarly, non-fiction Humanities books  

The ASSAf Humanities Standing Committee announces the call for its second Humanities Book Award. The Committee seeks your assistance in nominating and identifying writers of a scholarly, well-written work of non-fiction, published up to three years (i.e. 2015, 2016 and 2017) prior to its nomination. The book should be noteworthy in its contribution to developing new understanding and insight of a topic in the Humanities.

Published: 08 January 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are seeking candidates to participate in the inaugural regional training workshop on science diplomacy to be held in South Africa, from 21 to 25 May 2018. 

Published: 11 December 2017

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has called for urgent action from government to address the looming crisis in the delivery of social grants.

Failure to deliver social grants will compromise the well-being of millions of the most vulnerable of South Africa’s people, says a statement released reecently.

Published: 22 November 2017

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) hosted several sessions at the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) on 7 - 8 December 2017 at the CSIR International Convention Centre. 

Published: 21 November 2017

Innovative ways to minimise the risks associated with abandoned mines in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) were discussed at an international conference hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina on 28 – 30 November 2017.

Published: 06 November 2017

South African born Nobel Laureate and biophysicist, Prof Michael Levitt, delivered a series of public lectures hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at several universities in November 2017. Levitt, who is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar of ASSAf was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry when he shared it with Martin Karplus and Arieh Warshel.

Published: 27 October 2017

Young Academies of sciences around the globe feel they have a role to play in solving the dilemmas the world is facing today and in improving the world through scientific discovery. This claim is made in a joint statement on "The role of Young Academies in achieving the UN SDGs", which is published today by the Global Young Academy (GYA) and 36 national young academies and young academy initiatives.

Published: 26 October 2017

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is conducting a consensus study to determine whether mental health service providers have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide optimal care to mental health care users. Your participation in the survey will provide us with valuable insight into the current status of mental health care in South Africa (especially the public health sector). 

Published: 12 October 2017

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) inaugurated a record number of 41 leading scientists as new Members at its annual Awards Ceremony on 11 October 2017, increasing the total Membership to 542. Mrs Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science of Technology, delivered the keynote address.

Published: 12 October 2017

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) recognised astronomer and former leader of the biggest global science project in Africa with a gold medal at its prestigious Annual Awards Ceremony held in Pretoria on 11 October 2017. 

Published: 20 September 2017

Challenges facing South Africa’s agricultural education and training (AET) sector are highlighted in the latest consensus study to be released by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) on 27 September 2017.

Published: 04 September 2017

Experts on gender aspects of innovation are exploring the relevance of these for the Global South at the GenderInSITE-Elsevier Foundation Thematic Workshop on Gender and Innovation: Implications for Sustainable Development being held from 4 – 6 September 2017.

Published: 25 August 2017

The objective of the event is to showcase critical national reports on shale gas in South Africa; and provide a platform for debate, and consolidate common findings and recommendations, in order to move towards a consensus action plan.

Published: 24 August 2017

The country’s readiness to support the shale gas industry will come under the spotlight during a two-day conference scheduled to take place in Port Elizabeth from 31 August to 1 September 2017.

Published: 18 August 2017
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Published: 10 August 2017

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is seeking candidates to participate in the 2018 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting to be held from 24 to 29 June 2018 in Lindau, Germany. The 68th Meeting of Nobel Laureates will be dedicated to Physiology or Medicine.

Published: 31 July 2017

Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a public lecture by Professor Ken Findlay, Research Chair: Oceans Economy, Cape Peninsula University of Technology will present a talk on ‘Oceans economies, governance and the need for a blue economy’

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.


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