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Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Awards 2019

An Award that serves to reward excellence and exceptional scholarship in all its forms and which carries a monetary valu [ ... ]

Young Scientists - survey ‘Hidden Identities in SA Academia'

The South African Young Academy of Science and the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies are undertaking a survey titled Hid [ ... ]

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By Thabiso Goba. Winning a Nobel Prize in Physics is no easy feat and achieving this with your first paper is something else, said Professor Donna Strickland, who was speaking at the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting held from 30 June to 5 July in Lindau, Germany.
By Paul Kennedy. Lightning flickers in the distance, reflecting off the wind-ruffled Bodensee. Bottles of South African wine and excited conversation circulate amongst groups of young scientists – mostly South African, but also Mexican, British, German, Finnish, and Australian.
By Paul Kennedy, ScienceLink If you pay much attention to the study of outer space, you might have heard of the mysteriously named dark matter. But what about dark energy? WIMP miracles? Cosmic microwave background? The physics jargon gets weirder and more wonderful as the days go by here at the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting in Lindau, Germany.
So what is the difference between science and technology? They are pretty much the same thing, right? Wrong, according to Nobel Laureate Sir Konstantin Novoselov, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011 for his discovery of the wunder-material graphene.
Twenty-five years ago, political activist and astronomer Dr Bernie Fanaroffand colleagues had a dream that South Africa could be a world leader in astronomy; in those heady days after the fall of aparthed, it seemed a vague and distant possibility. Today, those dreams are solidifying rapidly as South Africa steps onto the world stage as the best place in the world to study the stars, galaxies and empty spaces beyond our earth’s...
STI White Paper under Spotlight
Thursday, 27 June 2019
The major shift in the science environment brought about by the adoption of the White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation in March 2019 which promises a new science and technology landscape for South Africa will be the focus of a workshop hosted by the Academy of Science for South Africa (ASSAf) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) on 2 July 2019.
The National Academies of Sciences and Medicine from South Africa, Brazil, Germany, and the United States of America have joined forces to issue an urgent call to action on harmful air pollution. They are calling for a new global compact to improve collaboration on the growing problem, and for governments, businesses and citizens to reduce air pollution in all countries.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) will be hosting the Annual Young Scientists’ Conference on 28 – 29 October 2019. The theme of the Conference is Migration, Displacement and Mobility in Africa: Complex Issues in Current Times