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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.

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
Programme
Video recording 
Welcome & Intro Prof Jonathan Jansen https://youtu.be/U6fN5EFZGfw
Prof dr Robert Tijissen https://youtu.be/jgaGclYhKYQ 
Prof Zeblon Vilakazi https://youtu.be/4zk7DR4MOi4 
Prof Lis Lange https://youtu.be/-2c9lLkMqwY 
Prof Nico Cloete https://youtu.be/GmL0NZAZdBg
Discussions and Q&A https://youtu.be/7Ee445YMMkI
Photographs
ASSAf article
Media coverage:
Rankings ignore local contexts of universities, say experts
Jonathan Jansen: Rankings not whole story
Ubuntu Podcast

Linking Science, Society, Business and Policy for the Sustainable Use of Abandoned Mines in the SADC
28 – 30 November 2017 - Indaba Hotel, Johannesburg

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Presentations 

DAY 1

Strengthening Mining Policies and Research in the SADC Region, Mr Nikisi Lesufi, Senior Executive, Chamber of Mines of South Africa 

Responsibilities of the Competence Centre Mineral Resources – Business Considerations on Both Sides, Mr René Zarske, Head of Competence Centre for Mineral Resources, Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, South Africa 

Strengthening Collaboration between R&D and Industry, Mr Bernd Oellermann, Director, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa 

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Why this Conference? Prof Frank Winde, Head of Mine Water Re-Search Group, North-West University, South Africa 

How Mining Can and should be a Benefit to Investors, Workers, Local Communities and Host Nations, Mr Bobby Godsell, Director, Industrial Development Corporation, South Africa 

Cleaning Up After Mines Long Gone:Understanding the Complex Dimensions for Inclusive Development, Dr Shingirirai Mutanga, Senior Research Specialist and MISTRA Fellow, Human Science Research Council (HSRC), South Africa 

An Innovative Approach to Socio-Economic Closure on the West Rand of Johannesburg, Mr Grant Stuart, Senior Vice-President: Environment, Sibanye Gold, South Africa 

Mine Legacy Sites: A Brief Global Overview on Remediative Approaches to Date, Prof Christian Wolkersdorfer, SARChI Chair, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa 

DAY TWO

SESSION II: THE CHALLENGE OF MINING LEGACY SITES

Environmental Health Impacts of Mining in Africa, Prof Theophilus Clavell Davies, Professor, Department of Geology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria 

The Legacy of Mining – Results of a Survey on Abandoned Mines in South Africa, Dr Henk Coetzee, Specialist Scientist, Council for Geoscience, South Africa 

The Legacy of Mining: Perspectives on Past Practice and Future Options – A Community-Centred View from South Africa, Mr David van Wyk, Lead Researcher, Bench Marks Foundation, South Africa 

The Challenge of Mining Legacy,  Mr Marius Keet, Acting Provincial Head, Department of Water and Sanitation, South Africa

Experience in Mine Remediation Case Study Germany: Uranium Mining, Dr Michael Paul, Division Head, WISMUT GmbH, Germany

Case Study Germany: Hard Coal Mining, Dr Boris Dombrowski, DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

SESSION IV: REMEDIATION EXPERIENCES II

Remediating Mining Legacy Sites – International Experiences and Lessons Learned by the IAEA, Mr Horst Monken-Fernandes, Engineer, International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria

Remediating Mining Legacy Sites: Chilean Tailing Bodies – Structural Understanding, Water Behaviour and the Option of Selective Recovery, Dr Nils Hoth, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, (University of Resources), Germany

Remediating Mining Legacy Sites: Case Study China, Prof Qingshan Zhu, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

UPHES Feasibility: Case Study South Africa, Prof Frank Winde, Head of Mine Water Re-Search Group, North-West University, South Africa

Implementing Pumped Hydro Energy Storage at an Open Pit Gold Mine: A Pilot Project from Australia, Mr Simon Kidston, Executive Director, Genex Power Limited, Australia

UPHES Feasibility: Case Study Finland, Mr Ernst Zeller, Regional Director, Pöyry Energy GmbH, Austria

DAY THREE

SESSION VI: UPHES TECHNOLOGY II

UPHES Feasibility: Case Study Germany – Ore Mines (EFZN Study), Prof Uwe Düsterloh, Clausthal University of Technology, Germany 

UPHES Feasibility: Case Study Germany – Hard Coal Mines, Prof André Niemann, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany 

Harvesting Geothermal Heat from Mine Water – A Pilot Project from Germany, Dr Nils Penczek, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany 

SESSION VII: OTHER INNOVATIVE APPROACHES

Geothermal AMD Treatment, Dr Thakane Ntholi, Researcher, Council for Geoscience, South Africa 

Recovery and Reprocessing of Mine Tailings – Experiences from Germany, Prof Tobias Elwert, Clausthal University of Technology, Germany 

Resource Extraction from Mine Waste Water, Mr Hans-Jürgen Friedrich, Fraunhofer Institute, Germany 

SESSION VIII: MINING LEGACY: LEGAL AND SOCIAL ASPECTS

Transforming Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Africa through Research and Training, Mr S. Felix Toteu, UNESCO Nairobi Office, Kenya

Mining-Affected Communities: Risks, Expectations and Opportunities, Ms Mariette Liefferink, CEO, Federation for a Sustainable Environment, South Africa 

 

 

FanaroffWhen Dr Fanaroff became Project Director of the South African Square Kilometer Array Telescope Project in 2003, who would have thought that the team he led would succeed in bringing the world’s largest radio telescope to our country’s Great Karoo? It was a task that would have daunted many of the world’s most prestigious astronomers, given that South Africa was the underdog in the 2012 bidding competition. But Dr Fanaroff set about this task with his usual dogged determination and, despite the significant odds, brought one of the largest scientific endeavours in history home to South Africa. The scale of the SKA (one million square metres in antenna collecting area) represents a huge leap forward in engineering research and development. However, Dr Fanaroff soon realised that the Karoo region in which the SKA is to be located has a shortage of qualified teachers for mathematics and science.

To overcome this, and also to supply the project with skilled artisans, he and his colleagues instituted a programme to bring qualified teachers to Carnarvon schools. In addition they have established an artisan training centre. This is part of their Human Capital Development Programme to ensure that future SKA projects can be designed, operated, maintained and used by African scientists and engineers. 

Dr Fanaroff received his PhD in radio-astronomy from Cambridge University in 1974. One of his papers, on the classification of radio galaxies and quasars, has been cited 1 849 times (so far!) and is known as the Fanaroff-Riley classification. Apart from being awarded Honorary Doctorates from six South African Universities, Dr Fanaroff was named Ambassador of the Year by the Cape Chamber of Business in 2012, and in 2014 was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe.

 

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05/12/2017 Admin Media Monitoring Service Newsclip
21/11/2017 Storage room partitioning African Skynet Technology (PTY) Ltd
17/11/2017 Admin  Purchase of laptop Megamart
 22/09/2017 Admin  Quotation for a Laptop PC Palace
 11/10 2017 Shale Gas Design and layout Sun Media Bloemfontein
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Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a public lecture by visiting scientist, Dr Donatella de Pascale, Institute of Protein Biochemistry, National Research Council in Naples entitled ‘From North Sea to Antarctica: discovering a world of new compounds’.

keith 2437Keith Breckenridge is a Professor and Deputy Director at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research. He writes about the cultural and economic history of South Africa, particularly the gold mining industry, the state and the development of information systems. The award was presented to Prof Keith Breckenridge for his book titled Biometric State: The Global Politics of Identification and Surveillance in South Africa, 1850 to the Present. The book shows how the South African obsession with Francis Galton's universal fingerprint identity registration served as a 20th century incubator for the current systems of biometric citizenship being developed throughout the South.

Strengthening the Science Business Society Dialogue in the SADC Region
5 - 7 December 2016 - CSIR International Convention Centre

Science Business Society Dialogue: The Voice of Young Scientists - Dr Anna Coussens, Former Executive Committee Member, Global Young Academy (GYA)

Science, Business and Society in the SADC Region: An Overview - Prof Francis Petersen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town

Technology Transfer - Prof Mammo Muchie, Research Chair in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of Technology

Early Stakeholder Involvement - Mr Florian Schütz, Senior Research and Innovation Advisor, Fraunhofer Center  for Responsible Research and Innovation (CeRRI), Germany

Business Initiatives for Knowledge Transfer - Ms Kammy Young, Innovation Centre of Expertise Manager, Eskom Holding

Intellectual Property Rights - Dr Kerry Faul, Head, National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO)

Innovative Funding Options - Mr Imraan Patel, DDG, Department of Science and Technology

The Key Drivers of Science-Industry Collaborations in Service of Society -  Ms Lynette Chen, Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD Business Foundation

The Role of Science-Industry Collaborations in Service of Society - Dr Thulani Dlamini, Vice-President, SASOL

Bridging the Gap between Science Business Society in the SADC Region: What Steps Need to be Taken? - Audrey Verhaeghe: Chairman of SA Innovation Summit

Strengthening the Science - Business Society Dialogue in the SADC Region: Youth & Gender Perspective - Dr Palesa Sekhejane, Africa Institute of South Africa

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) celebrates its 20th year in the service of society this year. 

ASSAf was inaugurated in May 1996. It was formed in response to the need for an Academy of Science consonant with the dawn of democracy in South Africa: activist in its mission of using science and scholarship for the benefit of society, with a mandate encompassing all scholarly disciplines that use an open-minded and evidence-based approach to build knowledge.

 ASSAf thus adopted in its name the term 'science' in the singular as reflecting a common way of enquiring rather than an aggregation of different disciplines. Its Members are elected on the basis of a combination of two principal criteria, academic excellence and significant contributions to society. 

The Parliament of South Africa passed the Academy of Science of South Africa Act (Act 67 of 2001), which came into force on 15 May 2002. This made ASSAf the only academy of science in South Africa officially recognised by government and representing the country in the international community of science academies and elsewhere.

For more on the history of ASSAf

The following events form part of the ASSAf celebrations:

Launch of Women for Science: Inclusion and Participation in Academies of Science
InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Conference and General Assembly 2016
ASSAf turns 20: Young enough to be dynamic and old enough to be trusted with its mission (article in SAJS)

Presentations

Attitudinal Approaches - Daniel Plaatjies: DGSD Research Programme (HSRC)

Child Poverty - Katharine Hall: Children’s Institute (UCT)

Education Measures - Vimal Ranchhod: Southern African Labour Development Unit (UCT)

Gendered Poverty - Dori Posel: School of Development Studies (UKZN)

Health-Based Measures of Poverty - Di McIntyre: School of Public Health and Family Medicine (UCT)

Income Inequality and Relative Poverty Lines - Ingrid Woolard: South Africa Labour and Development Research Unit

Measuring Multiple Deprivation at the Small Area Level - Michael Noble: Southern African Social Policy Research Institute

Measuring Poverty in Middle-Income Countries - Dr Selim Jahan, Director: Global Human Development Report Office,UNDP (Keynote Address)

Poverty and the AgedMornè Oosthuizen: Development Policy Research Unit (UCT) 

Service Delivery Measurement - Morne Oosthuizen: Development Policy Research Unit (UCT)

South African National Poverty Lines - Sandile Simelane: Stats SA

Subjective Poverty Lines - Isobel Frye: Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute

 

 

 

 




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ASSAf originally constituted its Standing Committee on Science for Poverty Alleviation (CSfPA) to contribute to one of the five new national missions outlined in South Africa’s Research and Development (R&D) Strategy. Over the past few years, a number of forum-type studies on selected topics relevant in the fight to alleviate poverty in South Africa, have been conducted.

The Standing Committee on Health was established in 2011 and meets regularly to provide input to the Academy’s various health-related activities.

ASSAf News

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.
University Rankings Under the Spotlight
Monday, 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 this week at a high-level discussion held in Stellenbosch.
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
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;...
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...

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