ASSAf Programmes


In order for ASSAf to fulfil its science advisory role regarding key challenges facing the nation, a variety of consensus and assessment studies are undertaken. Activities are aligned closely with government’s strategic goals. ASSAf has expanded its science advisory activities to include the publication of not only in-depth consensus study reports, but also policymakers’ booklets on key topics and commentaries on national policies. Evidence-based study activities form the core of the Academy’s function and are aimed at providing science advice to government on a range of topics to support policy development. ASSAf’s science advisory activities are guided by its Standing Committees, which provide strategic direction and guidance. ASSAf has Standing Committees on Health; Scholarly Publishing in South Africa; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education; Biosafety and Biosecurity; Humanities; and Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality.

The Scholarly Publishing Programme (SPP) is regarded as a major intervention within the National System of Innovation (NSI) in South Africa. The strategic goal of the SPP is to enhance the national capacity to produce and publish research, on the one hand, and to increase the quality and visibility of South African research publications, on the other. The SPP is overseen by the Academy’s Standing Committee on Scholarly Publishing in South Africa (CSPiSA), chaired by Prof Keyan Tomaselli. More information available here


Relevant links
Scholarly Publishing Resources:
OJS Journals:
SciELO SA Journals:  

SPP Communiques
June 2017 Communique
March 2017 Communique
January 2017 Communique
September 2016 Communique 
June 2016 Communique
March 2016 Communique
January 2016 Communique

The purpose of this programme is to establish and maintain effective relations with strategic national and international stakeholders. The national liaison programme aims to establish, strengthen and enhance interactions with key stakeholders, such as national government departments, policymakers in government, and relevant national organisations. The international liaison programme establishes, strengthens and enhances the Academy’s African and overseas bilateral, and multilateral relationships with organisations such as national science academies, academy networks, and other global scientific organisations. The programme is also responsible for capacity enhancement, implementing the Academy’s young and women scientists’ activities as well as ensuring that South African scientists are exposed to opportunities available within and outside South Africa.

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