ASSAf News

Published: 05 August 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is an independent, statutory body of eminent South African scholars and scientists. It was established in terms of an Act of Parliament. Its primary objective is to generate evidence-based solutions to the problems and challenges facing South African society.ASSAf seeks to appoint an Online Publishing Administrator in its Pretoria office.

Published: 03 August 2021

Essential facts about Covid 19 - The disease, the responses, and an uncertain future came under the spotlight in a booklet commissioned by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). The launch took place on Monday, 2 August 2021. The report is aimed at South African learners, teachers and the general public. 
Link to BookletPresentations during launch | Recording of launch

 

Published: 29 July 2021

You are cordially invited to attend theare cordially invited to attend the events being hosted by ASSAf during the National Science Week (NSW). The aim of the NSW is linked to science engagement, primarily to contribute to the improvement of science literacy and to provide a platform for stakeholders to share experiences based on their expertise across the board. Read more

Published: 26 July 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the South African Journal of Science invite you to a webinar entitled How do we know if and when science makes a difference? Authors of research published in the South African Journal of Science, ASSAf’s flagship journal, discuss how research in their respective fields makes a difference to society. Read more

Published: 26 July 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to the ASSAf Roadshows to South African Universities  and Science Institutions 2021 Series.

Published: 23 July 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to a popular-level talk on Dinosaurs of Africa by Prof Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan.

Published: 22 July 2021

In celebration of Women’s Month the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to a conversation with Prof Refilwe Nancy Phaswana-Mafuya on Learning Curves from my Non-linear Career Journey. In this presentation, Prof Phaswana-Mafuya will take a retrospective look at her phenomenal and remarkable career journey; she will track and trace her contributions to the HIV and AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics as well as her service to society through science engagement; science communication; and building research capacities, among others.

Published: 19 July 2021

As nominating partners, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in collaboration with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) invites the submission of applications for participation in the 6th BRICS Young Scientist Forum, to be held virtually by the Department of Science and Technology of India, from 13 to 16 September 2021.

Published: 19 July 2021

The Academy of Science in South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Social Policy at the University of South Africa (UNISA), cordially invites you to the webinar on What must be done if the state is to be capable of poverty and inequality reduction?

Published: 13 July 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to a webinar on Information and communications technology (ICT) in Science - Towards empowered South African citizens. Read more

Published: 29 June 2021

South Africa has joined 22 other Commonwealth science academies to urge their nations’ leaders to work together to address the interlinked challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and health, which have such unequal impact. 

Published: 28 June 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to a conversation with Kevin Govender and Vanessa McBride on Astronomy in Africa. Read more

Published: 18 June 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in collaboration with the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) cordially invite you to a virtual Launch of the Consensus Study Report on The Root Causes of Low Vaccination Coverage and Under-Immunisation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more.

Published: 15 June 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to a conversation with Prof Michael Kahn on Origins and Destinations Known: Learning from the Tracer Study of International African Doctoral Graduates. South Africa’s universities host a large considerable number of international doctoral students, of whom international Africans make up close to 40% of the eventual PhD graduates. Immigration policy requires the graduates to return ‘home’ upon completion, raising the question - where do they go to?

Published: 07 June 2021

ASSAf would like to take this opportunity to thank all stakeholders for the overwhelming responses and comments in the development of the Code of Conduct for Research, as per Chapter 7 of POPIA.

Published: 04 June 2021

The Royal Society of South Africa and  the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a Zoom Webinar on GM Crops and the Global Divide - Professor Jennifer Thomson, FRSSAf, University of Cape Town, 

Published: 27 May 2021

An interactive workshop hosted by the South African Journal of Science aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers with little or no experience in writing and publishing journal articles. Click here for programme and to register.


 

Published: 25 May 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is proud to announce the release of the Report on Peer Review of Scholarly Journals in History, Philosophy and Politics. The focus of the report is on local journals in the following disciplines: history; international studies & multidisciplinary; philosophy; politics; and, security and policing.

Published: 20 May 2021

The Call for ASSAf Members to submit nominations for the ASSAf Science-for-Society Gold Medal is open. The annual award was established by ASSAf in 2002 and its purpose is to recognise outstanding scientists who have applied scientific thinking in the serviceof society. Call - Regulation 2

Published: 11 May 2021

The Draft Data and Cloud Policy has been published by the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies – see attached. Written submissions are being received until 18 May 2021. The draft policy expressly addresses, amongst others, data produced during academic research and the ownership of such data. To date, there has been much discussion about the Draft Policy, with many concerns raised about the provisions for government to co-own data produced in South Africa.  

Published: 07 May 2021

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a Zoom Webinar by Prof Stephanie Burton, FRSSAF, President of the Royal Society of South Africa titled Science Communication, Information and Ethics – the role of expert scientists in leading discussion and ensuring integrity. 

Published: 04 May 2021

The Academy of Science in South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), cordially invite you to the webinar on What to do to reduce poverty and inequality? Looking at the evidence of the impact of social cash transfers from NIDS-CRAM data as well as the potential impact of Expanded Public Works Programme as a key driver of poverty eradication.

Published: 23 April 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to a conversation with Prof Keymanthri Moodley on Pandemic ethics: how have we fared?  The COVID-19 pandemic has raised profound ethical, legal and social issues set against a backdrop of global health and socio-economic inequities.

Published: 22 April 2021

On 20 April 2021, Prof Jonathan Jansen, President of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), presented Prof Charles van Onselen with the 2021 ASSAf Humanities Book Award for his book titled The Night Trains: Moving Mozambican Miners to and from South Africa, circa 1902-1955. Click here to view the virtual event.

Published: 19 April 2021

Government Policy and Decision Makers, Curriculum Developers and Advisors, University Education Faculty Specialists, Schools (teachers & headmasters), Libraries (involved in digital skills training), Industry, the General Public and all with an interest in the teaching of digital skills (specifically coding and robotics) in schools, are invited to this webinar, hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) on 28 April 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00. 

Published: 12 April 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to the POPIA Public Consultation Forum - Progress on the POPIA Code of Conduct for Research. 

Published: 06 April 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to the 2021 Humanities Book Award Ceremony.

Published: 06 April 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to a webinar on Understanding Ivermectin  for COVID-19 Treatment (Risks, Benefits and the Law).

Published: 30 March 2021

Prof Charles van Onselen was awarded the 2021 ASSAf Humanities Book Award for his book titled The Night Trains: Moving Mozambican Miners to and from South Africa, circa 1902-1955. 

Published: 26 March 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) launched a publication on the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings - South African Alumni Narratives on 26 March 2021. This publication reflects  on the journey and experiences of some of the Alumni that attended the life-changing Lindau Nobel  Laureate  Meetings in Lindau, Germany. The publication is funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).

Published: 14 March 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) invites experienced service providers to bid for the following services:the Provision of External Audit Services for the Academy of Science & the Provision of Outsourced ICT services to the Academy of Science. Click here for more information.

Published: 03 March 2021

The call for 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.

Published: 01 March 2021

South Africa is a country with significant socio-economic development challenges. The majority of South Africans have limited or non-existent access to basic infrastructure, services, education, primary health care, housing and socio-economic opportunities. The urban housing backlog exceeds 2.4 million houses, with many families living in squatter housing or informal settlements. The Breaking New Grounds Policy, 2014 for the creation of sustainable human settlements, acknowledges the challenges facing human settlements, such as, decreasing human settlements grants allocation, increasing housing backlog, mushrooming of informal settlements and urbanisation.

Published: 25 February 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) cordially invite you to the ASSAf stakeholder engagement with NGO’s/Civil Society Organisations webinar Civil Society Organisations in conversation with science: Synergies aimed at addressing developmental challenges for the societies we serve.

Published: 22 February 2021

ASSAf cordially invites you to a science engagement week from 15 to 19 March 2021. The aim of the week is to ignite conversations around policy, projects and activities that shape science engagement. It is to look at roles played by different stakeholders in the national project of promoting science and supporting education in general. Read more and register.

Published: 10 February 2021

You are invited to the following webinar, hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in collaboration with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) An overview of the use of DOAJ by different stakeholders: researchers, funders, librarians and publishers and their specific needs.

Published: 07 February 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to a virtual discussion on Challenges lying ahead with COVID-19 vaccines in South Africa.


Moderator: Prof Mosa Moshabela, Chair: ASSAf Health Standing Committee, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).
Keynote Speaker: Prof Shabir Madhi, Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences: University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
Respondent: Prof Wolfgang Preiser, Professor and Head: Division of Medical Virology, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University (SU) and NHLS Tygerberg

Date:   15 February 2021
Time:   12:00 to 13:00
Platform:   Zoom
To register:  Click here

About Prof Shabir Madhi

A National Research Foundation A-rated scientist, Shabir Madhi is Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences: Wits, Professor of Vaccinology in the School of Pathology at the same institution and Director of the world-renowned Medical Research Council Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit (VIDA). Madhi is the National Research Foundation/Department of Science and Innovation SARChI Chair in Vaccine Preventable Diseases and he is Co-Director of African Leadership in Vaccinology Expertise (ALIVE). He chairs the National Advisory Group on Immunisation in South Africa. Madhi was National Advisory Group on Immunisation in South Africa. Madhi was formerly President of the World Society of Infectious Diseases and he is the immediate past Executive Director of South Africa’s National Institute of Communicable Diseases. As a trained paediatrician, Madhi’s research has focused on the epidemiology and clinical development of vaccines against pneumonia and diarrhoeal disease. These studies have informed World Health Organization recommendations on the use of the lifesaving pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and rotavirus vaccine in children; and influenza vaccination of pregnant women. In 2016, Madhi received the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership Award for Scientific Leadership and in 2013 the Medical Research Council Lifetime Award Platinum Medal, amongst other accolades.

Published: 03 February 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in collaboration with The University of South Africa (UNISA) Institute for Social and Health Sciences (ISHS), the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), and North West University (NWU) cordially invite you to a series of webinars on the 'No Paraffin! Campaign' National Roundtable Discussion Webinar Series.

Published: 01 February 2021

During Science Forum South Africa 2020, ASSAf Executive Officer, Prof Himla Soodyall, hosted a panel discussion themed The policy & practice of drug, alcohol & tobacco use during COVID-19. https://youtu.be/b-IeQYQKPM0


The discussions explored the ethics of intervening in the lives of others under the lens of South Africa’s go-it-alone ban on tobacco and alcohol sales to tackle COVID-19. Leading medical, policy and civil society experts from at home and abroad weighed up the scientific evidence for and against. Further issues debated include concepts of recent history and subjugation versus today’s democracy and the rule of law. Have fundamental principles of autonomy, human dignity, freedom and equality been forced to give way? Is the medical profession’s “unconscionable collusion” acceptable? How must lawmakers navigate between the rights and responsibilities of individuals to look after themselves and the rights and responsibilities of States to look after their citizens? Above all, as this pandemic collides with the known syndemics of TB, malaria, HIV/Aids, hepatitis etc., the panel argued for the urgent acceptance and application of harm reduction science worldwide, if lives really do matter.

Published: 19 January 2021

The appointment of three Honorary Foreign Associates in terms of ASSAf Regulation 11, brings the total Membership of ASSAf to 599.The newly elected Foreign Associates are:

Prof James Gibson, Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government, Washington University (St. Louis, US) and Extraordinary Professor, Stellenbosch University

Prof Mahouton Norbert Hounkonnou, Full Professor of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin and President of Benin National Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters

Prof Lehana Thabane, Interim Chair: Department of Health Research, Evidence & Impact, McMaster University (Ontario, Canada)

Published: 27 November 2020

The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association’s Conference 2020 (21–24 September) brought together an official list of 496 delegates to discuss the challenges and dilemmas of open access publishing under a broad theme of “Open Access at a Time of Global Challenge”. This was the first exclusively online and interactive conference for OASPA organisers. SciELO journal editors were invited to attend the conference free this year. Two of the attendees wrote about their highlights from the conference.

Published: 23 November 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to a virtual panel discussion on COVID-19 and Human Rights: Perspectives on Socio-economic Rights and Violence.

Published: 16 November 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS), the Senegal Academy of Science and Technology (ANSTS), and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) kindly invite you to the International Virtual Panel Discussion entitled  “COVID-19 and Multimorbidity: How to Deal with Multiple Infectious Diseases in Parallel?”. The discussion will explore what happens when COVID-19 meets other infectious diseases. Renowned health experts from Ethiopia, Germany, Senegal, South Africa, and the UK will discuss different aspects of multimorbidity as a growing public health challenge across the globe and point out options in dealing with the crisis.

Published: 16 November 2020

Prof Jonathan Jansen, President, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), invites you to the 3rd Annual ASSAf Science-Business Leadership Forum titled “South Africa’s Economic Recovery Post COVID-19

Published: 13 November 2020

Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) invite you to a public lecture by Dr Bruno Werz, CEO of the African Institute for Marine & Underwater Research, Exploration & Education on ‘Finding Haarlem?’

Published: 06 November 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in collaboration with the Future Professors Programme (FPP),  cordially invite you to a webinar on Covid-19 research, the Disciplines and their Methodologies.

Published: 29 October 2020

ASSAf Presidential Roundtable Discussion on the human question in artificial intelligence. Guest Speaker: Prof Margaret Levi, Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University - “Frankenstein or Gods? The Impact of the New Technologies on What It Means To Be Human”

Published: 17 October 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is an independent statutory body of eminent South African scientists. ASSAf’s primary objective is to generate evidence-based solutions to the problems and challenges facing South African society.  ASSAf seeks to appoint an Editor-in-Chief for the South African Journal of Science.

Published: 15 October 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) recognised two of South Africa’s foremost scholars with gold medals at its virtual Annual Awards Ceremony held on 14 October 2020. 

Published: 15 October 2020

Thirty-one of the country’s leading scholars and scientists were inaugurated as Members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at the annual Awards Ceremony held virtually on 14 October 2020.

Published: 08 October 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish joint collaboration activities that ensures policy formulation is scientific and evidence-based, and that science engagement is advanced to increased science awareness in our communities.

Published: 21 September 2020

The ASSAf Annual Humanities Lecture was inaugurated in 2017. Its primary purpose is to provide a platform, within ASSAf and its multidisciplinary suite of activities and projects, for showcasing and promoting the Humanities and its significance for social and human development. It does so through inviting a leading Humanities scholar to deliver a lecture on a question which is of interest in the country. Previous lectures focused on the student uprisings of 2015, the significance of Steve Biko for thinking about human equality and the role of intellectuals for the policy of apartheid. The 2020 ASSAf Annual Humanities Lecture will be presented by Angela Saini, award-winning author ot Superior: The Return of Race and Science. Click here for more information and to RSVP

Published: 18 September 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to its virtual 2020 Annual Awards Ceremony and Member Inauguration. New Members of the South African Young Academy (SAYAS) will also be Inaugurated. Click here for more information.

Published: 16 September 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina organise a virtual panel to discuss human mental health in times of the COVID-19 pandemic from four country perspectives. The renowned speakers analyze the situation in Germany, South Africa, Spain, and Nigeria from a scientific perspective. In this regard, they address three levels: the individual, the health care system and the society in general. Click here for more information.

Published: 02 September 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the University of Johannesburg cordially invite you to a virtual public lecture by ASSAf Distinguished Visiting Scholar Professor Romain Murenzi. Read more

Published: 01 September 2020

The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) held a Webinar on ‘Women Scientists in the Forefront against COVID-19’ on 26 August 2020 in celebration of Women’s month. August in South Africa is historically devoted to celebrating the successes of women and is a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women.

Published: 13 August 2020

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 scholarly publications. These nominations are limited to the publication dates 2017, 2018 and 2019. The book should be noteworthy in its contribution to developing new understanding and insight of a topic in the Humanities, Social Sciences or the Performing Arts.

Published: 12 August 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) cordially invite you to the INNOVATION FOR INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT (IID) SEMINAR SERIES on Building Profitable and Sustainable Community Owned Connectivity Networks.

Published: 13 July 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), Scholarly Publishing Programme, cordially invites you to a Webinar on Good Peer Review Practices.

Published: 09 July 2020

Invitation to join our 2nd SAYAS Webinar on COVID-19 and its Impact on Knowledge Production and Research in Africa to be held on Thursday, 23 July at 11:00-12:30.

Published: 07 July 2020

As of early July 2020, the full force of COVID-19 has yet to strike in South Africa, though it has already impacted the economy further and disrupted the healthcare system. While much has been said about the former, with few exceptions, little has been discussed about the disruption to routine, essential healthcare services. Read full Statement.

Published: 25 June 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Embassy of Italy in South Africa, cordially invite you to register for the virtual panel discussion on Social, Psychological and Health Impact of COVID-19 on the Elderly: South African and Italian Perspectives

Published: 11 June 2020

The publication of a Commentary in the South African Journal of Science (SAJS; vol 116 5/6) by Professor Nicoli Nattrass, entitled ‘Why are black South African students less likely to consider studying biological sciences?’, has generated heated public debate about the author’s approach, methods and findings about the possible reasons for lower representation of black students in the biological sciences.

Published: 10 June 2020

ASSAf Members - Four vacancies on the ASSAf Council need to be filled as the term of the current Council ends in October this year. You are hereby invited to submit nominations to fill the vacancies on the ASSAf Council for the new 2020/2024 cycle. Call - Regulation 13 - Nomination form

Published: 09 June 2020

Statement in response to the article published in the South African Journal of Science by Professor Nicoli Nattrass with the title Why are black South African students less likely to consider studying biological sciences?

Published: 05 June 2020

COVID-19 has had a profound impact across the globe, affecting health and health services, impacting the global economy, and exacerbating social and economic inequalities. Global cooperation and effective policy are essential for tackling the virus and for ensuring a successful economic recovery. Click here to read the statement.

Published: 18 May 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is the only statutory academy in the country established to provide government and the general public with evidence-based advice on issues of pressing national concern. Through its membership of outstanding scientists from across the disciplines, Academy members such as Professors Salim Abdool Karim, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Glenda Gray, and Shabir Madhi are already working tirelessly in advising the South African government on effective ways of dealing with the pandemic. There are in fact many other Academy members doing important scientific research on the pandemic including Professor Helen Rees who is leading the South African component of a global vaccine trial to identify treatments for COVID-19.

Published: 13 May 2020

The SciELO Network  is a collection of prestigious open access scholarly journals. The project originated in Brazil 21 years ago and now includes a total of 15 national collections, mostly from South America, and also from Spain, Portugal, and South Africa (since 2009). 

Published: 30 April 2020

After the overwhelming success of Legends of South African Science, published in 2017 as part of the 20 year celebrations of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), this edition of Legends of South African Science II continues with profiling Members who were elected between 1993 – 2000.

Published: 28 April 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has successfully nominated nine top young scientists from South Africa to attend the 7th Lindau Meeting of the Laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel in Lindau, Germany. The meeting dates scheduled for 25 to 29 August 2020 have been postponed to 24 to 28 August 2021 in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 28 April 2020

ASSAf Members - Find a call for nominations for the 2020 ASSAf Science-for-Society Gold Medal Awards. Nominations must contain a motivation relating to the criteria for the award (the emphasis being on the impact of the nominees’ contributions to societal issues and policy making in South Africa), and must be accompanied by a full curriculum vitae.

Published: 24 April 2020

The annual process of nominating and electing new Members to ASSAf has commenced for 2020 in accordance with Regulation 1 of the Academy. The relevant nomination form is attached.The membership of South Africa's nationally and internationally recognised science academy, ultimately determines the quality and scope of the role that ASSAf can play in the developmental trajectory of the country. 

Published: 20 April 2020

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: 17 April 2020

It is with sadness that we  share the news of the passing of ASSAf Member, Prof Maarten de Wit, NMU, on Tuesday night, 14 April 2020.

Published: 08 April 2020

The SciELO Network  is a collection of prestigious open access scholarly journals. The project originated in Brazil 21 years ago and now includes a total of 15 national collections, mostly from South America, and also from Spain, Portugal and South Africa (since 2009). 

Published: 06 April 2020

It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of ASSAf Member, Dr Neville Comins on 3 April. Dr Comins will be remembered for his active support of ASSAf and its activities – he was a true champion of the Academy. 

Published: 01 April 2020

ASSAf Member, Prof Gita Ramjee, passed away yesterday from COVID-19 complications. She would’ve turned 64 on 8 April. She is an internationally known HIV scientist and was the Chief Scientific Officer at the Aurum Institute. Prior to that, Chief Specialist Scientist and Director of the SAMRC’s HIV Prevention Research Unit. Our deepest condolences to her husband, family and friends.

Published: 06 March 2020

Prof Olubukola Babalola, ASSAf member @theNWU teams up with @SAYAS_SA at a capacitation session for young scientists at the Mafikeng campus focussing on Conferencing & Presentation skills #WiS #eachoneteachone. See more

Published: 05 March 2020

It is with regret that we need to announce the rescheduling of the Royal Society of South Africa Public Lecture by Emeritus Professor William Bond, due to be delivered at the SAAO Auditorium on Wednesday 18 March 2020 at 17h00.

Published: 04 March 2020

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will, together with their strategic partners, host an international conference from 26th - 28th October 2020 at SPU in Kimberley, South Africa. The event will bring together researchers and stakeholders from across the globe to consider anew the role of humanities and social science research in South Africa and Africa, within the context of the historical precursors and future effects of our current global condition.

Published: 03 March 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has successfully nominated ten top young scientists from South Africa to attend the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting which will be an interdisciplinary meeting dedicated to the disciplines of Chemistry, Physics and Physiology/Medicine, later this year in Lindau, Germany.

Published: 28 February 2020

Please note that this event has been postponed. ASSAf Presidential Roundtable Discussion on the human question in artificial intelligence co-hosted with the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) will take place on 9 June 2020 in Stellenbosch. The topic is Frankenstein or Gods? The Impact of the New Technologies on What It Means To Be Human”. Read more

Published: 25 February 2020

SAYAS seeks to elect the country’s leading emerging researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities.

Published: 10 February 2020

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a free public lecture by Dr Susan Cunningham, FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, entitled The costs of keeping cool: climate change and the future for desert birds

Published: 10 February 2020

You are cordially invited to the launch of a report on Recognising Individual Contributions to Collaborative Research: Limitations of Proportional Publication Counts and Proposals for Alternatives.

Published: 10 February 2020

All National Academies are cordially invited to send a Member to the Network's Fourteenth Biennial Meeting in 8 - 9 December 2020, Pretoria, South Africa. The event will be hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). Formal invitations will be sent out in early 2020.

 

Published: 04 February 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa is facing a challenge of multimorbidity. Multimorbidity is defined as the concurrent presence of two or more chronic health conditions. The high burden of infectious diseases combined with the growing burden of non-communicable diseases are contributing to multimorbidity in the region.

Published: 31 January 2020

Quest: Science for South Africa is a popular science magazine published by the Academy of Science of South Africa. The magazine’s target audience are grade 8-12 learners and undergraduate students who have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and innovation (STEMi). The magazine covers a variety of topics from all sciences and aims to extend the target audiences’ understanding of the sciences and to promote science across the sections of the target group.

Published: 28 November 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to the panel session titled Industrial Parks as Supportive Environments for STI Collaborations under the theme Enabling Science and Innovation Collaboration.

Published: 26 November 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), is inviting a science communication specialist/science journalist from South Africa to attend the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting (LNLM) to be held from 28 June to 3 July 2020 in Lindau, Germany. The grant will cover a return flight and ground travel to Lindau, accommodation, and meals during the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting. The deadline for responses to this call is Friday, 31 January 2020. Read more

Published: 26 November 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), is inviting a science communication specialist/science journalist from South Africa to attend the 7th Lindau Meeting of the Laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel to be held from 25 to 29 August 2020 in Lindau, Germany. The grant will cover a return flight and ground travel to Lindau, accommodation, and meals during the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting (LNLM). The deadline for responses to this call is Friday, 31 January 2020. Click here for more information.

Published: 20 November 2019

Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a free public lecture by Xavier Zylstra, Senior Educator, Two Oceans Aquarium.

Published: 14 October 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) recognised one of South Africa’s foremost scholars with a gold medal at its prestigious Annual Awards Ceremony held in Pretoria on 9 October 2019. ASSAf annually awards up to two ASSAf Science-for-Society Gold Medals for outstanding achievement in scientific thinking to the benefit of society. This year the award was presented to South African professor of psychology at Stellenbosch University, Professor Leslie Swartz.

Published: 14 October 2019

Twenty-three of the country’s leading scholars and scientists were inaugurated as Members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at the annual Awards Ceremony on 9 October 2019. 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.

Published: 14 October 2019

The extent of diversity and inclusion in aerospace of under-represented groups such as “women, minority ethnic groups, people with disabilities and under-represented socioeconomic groups” remains a contested issue globally. With these contestations, it is crucial to highlight that activities aimed at addressing matters relating to inclusion and diversity in aerospace of under-represented groups will require a long-term strategic approach. In an attempt to address these controversies, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Embassy of the United States of America in South Africa, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World South Africa Chapter (OWSD SANC), and the South African Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) will be hosting a public panel discussion titled “A Seat at the Table: A Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion in Aerospace”.

Published: 04 October 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with Stellenbosch University (Library and Information Services) cordially invites you to the ASSAf Presidential Roundtable: Science, Scholarship and Society on: ‘Is Scholarly Publishing becoming Unaffordable?’ An Evidence-based Dialogue on the Implications of a European Plan S on South African Research. Invitation Briefing

Published: 03 October 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is looking forward towards participating in Open Access Week, celebrated globally from 21 until 27 October 2019, themed: “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”.
We invite all members of the scholarly community to participate in the following series of events, to be presented by ASSAf, in collaboration with other stakeholders. Click here.

Published: 16 September 2019

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy Of Science Of South Africainvite you to a free public lecture by Professor Mike Bruton, former director of the JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology entitled Curator and Crusader: The Life and Work of Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer.

Published: 04 September 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), is seeking candidates to participate in the 2020 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting to be held from 28 June to 3 July 2020 in Lindau, Germany.

Published: 04 September 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), is seeking candidates to participate in the 7th Lindau Meeting of the Laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel.