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Invitation to nominate Volvo Environment Prize 2019

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ASSAf News

ASSAf Appoints New Executive Officer
Thursday, 10 January 2019
Prof Himla Soodyall has been appointed as the Academy’s new Executive Officer with effect from 1 November 2018. She is succeeding Prof Roseanne Diab who is retiring.
Prof Roseanne Diab says goodbye
Thursday, 10 January 2019
As I prepare to retire from ASSAf after ten years as Executive Officer I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of my experiences and highlights over the past ten years and thank all those who have made my time at ASSAf so memorable.
Appointment of New ASSAf General Secretary
Thursday, 10 January 2019
Prof Sabiha Essack was elected as the new General Secretary during the Council meeting on 10 October 2018.
ASSAf Recognises Outstanding Achievement
Thursday, 10 January 2019
The Academy recognised two of South Africa’s foremost scholars with gold medals at its annual Awards Ceremony held on 10 October 2018.
ASSAf Elects 20 New Members to the Academy
Thursday, 10 January 2019
Twenty of the country’s leading scholars and scientists were inaugurated as Members of ASSAf at the annual Awards Ceremony on 10 October 2018.   The 20 new ASSAf Members bring the total Membership of ASSAf to 556. The new ASSAf Members are:  Prof Montaz Aliis Professor in the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Prof Lyn-Marie Birkholtz is Professor in Biochemistry at the University of Pretoria (UP) and holds a Department of Science and...
Cannabis in the Spotlight
Thursday, 10 January 2019
To get high, or not to get high? A multi-disciplinary team of panellists shed some light on the use of cannabis at the third Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Presidential Roundtable in Port Elizabeth on 21 November 2018. The roundtable, hosted by ASSAf, in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela University and in media partnership with the Herald Live, focussed on the implications of the recent decriminalisation of cannabis use in a private capacity. ASSAf President, Prof Jonathan...
South Africa needs to develop policies, regulation and guidelines to address the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genetic and genomic work. These need to be ethically and legally sound, culturally appropriate, feasible, enforceable and sustainable.
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with Investec Johannesburg, hosted the 1st ASSAf Science − Business Leadership Forum on 30 November 2018 at Investec Johannesburg in Sandton.