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Published: 05 December 2016

Representatives from SADC countries deliberated on science cooperation in the region at a two-day conference on strengthening collaboration between the science and business communities.

Published: 16 August 2016

Future African-wide scientific cooperation and partnership were strengthened when science organisations met with the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) last week to introduce their activities and elaborate on their individual roles in shaping informed science advice for evidence based policy making on the continent.

Published: 30 June 2016

Representatives from African countries are gathering in Mauritius next week to deliberate on measures to counteract Africa’s vulnerability to the impact of climate change and the importance of scientific evidence to enable society to understand and respond to climate change threats.

Published: 03 June 2016

Morning Live featured an interview on the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting later this year in Lindau, Germany.The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has successfully nominated five top young scientists from South Africa to attend the event. ASSAf, as the official partner of the Lindau Foundation and with funding from the Department of Science and Technology, annually nominates young scientists to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings which are designed as a forum for young scientists from all over the world to have an in-depth exchange with Nobel Laureates. Click here for the interview.

Published: 25 May 2016

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Member and Chairperson of the South African National Chapter of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), Prof Jennifer Thomson, has been elected President of the organisation at its 5th General Assembly and International Conference in Kuwait.

Published: 03 May 2016

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has successfully nominated five top young scientists from South Africa to attend the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting later this year in Lindau, Germany. ASSAf, as the official partner of the Lindau Foundation and with funding from the Department of Science and Technology, annually nominates young scientists to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings which are designed as a forum for young scientists from all over the world to have an in-depth exchange with Nobel Laureates.

Published: 19 April 2016

The Academy of Science of South Africa is one of 14 signatories to three joint statements by the G-Science Academies calling for action on three global challenges. The statements will be submitted to the G7 Summit at Ise-Shima and the Science and Technology Ministers’ Meeting at Tsukuba City in May this year and address “Understanding, protecting, and developing global brain resources”, “Strengthening disaster resilience is essential to sustainable development”, and “Nurturing future scientists".

Published: 09 March 2016

The kick-off meeting of the ESASTAP 2020 project took place on the 25 and 26 February 2016, at Cape Town in South Africa. The meeting effectively launched the activities of the latest incarnation of a project series which has been supporting R&I cooperation between the EU and South Africa since 2005.

Published: 07 March 2016

Scientists from around the world met in Cape Town last week to discuss how best science can guide sustainable development globally. Hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Conference and General Assembly 2016 took place from 28 February to 2 March 2016 in Hermanus, under the theme "Science Advice".

Published: 04 January 2016

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.

Published: 15 October 2015

Symbol   620x792 300dpiThe Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) inaugurated 31 leading scientists as new Members at its annual Awards Ceremony in Stellenbosch on 14 October 2015, bringing the total Membership to 472.

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 August 2015

lubchencoThe ASSAf hosted a public lecture on the U.S. Experience in Managing Ocean Resources by Dr Jane Lubchenco, University Distinguished Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies, Oregon State University on 23 July 2015 at the NRF. Lubchenco is a world renowned environmental scientist with experience in the worlds of science, academia, government, and conservation.  She is a champion of science and of the stronger engagement of scientists in key issues of our time.

Published: 14 August 2015

BBSafe, secure and ethical conduct in life science research in South Africa is assessed in a consensus study on biosafety and biosecurity launched by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

Published: 25 June 2015

In recognition of the importance of strengthening cooperation and reinforcing the impact of  activities of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in sub-Saharan Africa, ASSAf was selected to host the

Published: 25 June 2015

ASSAf held a symposium on Environment and Health from 1 – 3 June 2015 at the CSIR ICC in Pretoria. The objectives of the symposium were to scientifically analyse key environmental challenges and their

Published: 25 June 2015

ASSAf hosted a two-day workshop on Measuring Human Deprivation to promote Human Development at Misty Hills Country Hotel in Muldersdrift, Gauteng. The workshop was an initiative of ASSAf’s Standing Committee on Science for the Reduction

Published: 23 June 2015

Sexual diversity has always been part of a normal society and there is no justification for attempts to eliminate people who are not heterosexualfrom society. Efforts should rather be focused on countering the stigmatisation that creates hostile

Published: 18 May 2015

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: 18 May 2015

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to attend the following events related to Environment and Health in June:

Published: 23 May 2014

Professor Stephanie Burton is the newly elected member to the ASSAf Council for the remainder of the 2012-2016 cycle. We extend our warmest congratulations to her and wish her a successful and rewarding tenure. The Minister of Science and Technology has approved...

Published: 09 April 2014

The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) will be organising and hosting a two-day interdisciplinary colloquium on water security, to be held on the 25th and 26th of June 2014 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Durban...

Published: 20 March 2014

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is a voluntary association of eminent South African scholars and scientists, established in terms of an Act of Parliament. Its primary objective is generating evidence-based solutions to the problems and challenges facing South African society.


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