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Siyavuya Bulani

10th is an Open Plenary session till lunch then closed session from after lunch to half day the 11th December 2018

10:00-13:00

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14:00-17:00

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09:00- 13:00

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CSIR: Crystal

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Relevance of Open Data Towards a Sustainable Environment

Moderator: Khotso Mokhele (M), University of the Free State, SA

Panellists:

Eiman Karar (F), United Nations Environmental Programme, Sudan

Mohamed El-Hadidi (M), Assistant Prof of Computer Science, Nile University, Egypt

Suzanne Smit (F), Ph.D: Sustainable Development, School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University & uMAMA Executive Board Member, SA

KALRO, Kenya - TBC

Mrs Susan Veldsman (F), Director Scholarly Publishing, ASSAf, SA

Ina Smith

13 December 2018

11:00 – 12:30

Diamond

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Context of Developing Countries

Moderator: Prof Johannes van Niekerk
Panellists:
Dr Gustav Rohde
Dr Reabetswe Kgoroeadira
Dr Vukosi Marivate

Heleen Duffy

13 December 2018

9:00 –10:30

Amber 1

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SADC WISET

Moderator: Stanley Maphosa, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

Panellists:

Mmampei Chaba, Department of Science and Technology (DST)

Ms Thembi Turu Dube, Ministry of Education and Training, Swaziland

Ms Ndoni Mcunu, University of Witwatersrand

Ms Anneline Morgan, Southern Africa Development Community

Prof Nonhlanhla Sukati, University of Swaziland

Elzarie Swanepoel

13 December 2018

13:30 – 15:00

Ruby

Session

The Role of TWAS in Sustainable Development – A Case of sub-Saharan Africa and Arab Regional Partners

Moderator: Max Paoli, The World Academy of Sciences

Panellists:

Roseanne Diab, Academy of Science of South Africa

Marwa Elwakil, Biblioteka Alexadrina

Mohammed Hamdam, TWAS-Arab Regional Office

Moctar Toure, TWAS Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa

Kholani Mbiza

14 December 2018

09:00 – 10:30

Emerald

Science Talk

Fixing the South African universities:

Prof Jonathan Jansen

Stanley Maphosa

13 December 2018

17:15 – 17:45

Diamond

Panel Session

Role of National Academies to implement SDGs

Moderator: Ms Gail Wrogemann, GWC Consulting

Panellists:

Max Paoli, The World Academy of Sciences

Roseanne Diab, Academy of Science of South Africa

Jackie Olang-Kado, The Network of African Science Academies

Nelson Torto, African Academy

Tebogo Mabotha

13 December 2018

11:00 – 12:30

Luthuli

Panel session

Nerd heaven: Networking and connecting for science

Moderator:

Bianca Verlinden, Senior Research Associate, University of Pretoria & Lindau Alumnus 2018

Panellists:

Hlamulo Makelane, Post-doc at University of Western Cape & Lindau Alumnus 2017

Sphumelele Ndlovu, Director -Indabuko Institute & Lindau Alumnus 2016

Ms Edith Phahlane, PhD candidate, North-West University & Lindau Alumnus 2018

Mr Gero von der Stein, Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, Lindau, Germany

Edith Shikumo

13 December 2018

15:30

– 17:00

Diamond

Panel session

Gender equality is imperative to advance STI for development

Moderator:

Roseanne Diab, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

Panellists:

Dorothy Ngila, National Research Foundation (NRF)

Tricia Naicker, University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN)

Ms Ndoni Mcunu, University of Witwatersrand

Prof Nonhlanhla Sukati, University of Swaziland

Dhesigen Naidoo, Water Research Commission (TBC)

Elzarie Swanepoel

13 December 2018

15:30 – 17:00

Ruby

Panel Session

SDGs and Gender Equality

Moderator: Himla Soodyall

(ASSAf Executive Officer. RSA)

Panellists

Miyoko Watanabe

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan

Ms. Shyoko Hirakawa

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan

Dr Craig-Henderson

National Science Foundation (NSF), USA

Prof Finn Reygan

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), RSA

Thulile Khanyile

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and OWSD South Africa National Chapter, RSA

Kanshukan Rajaratnam

University of Cape Town (UCT) and South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) RSA

Eudy Mabuza (DST/Japan)

Stanley Maphosa

(ASSAf)

14 December 2018

11:00-12;30

Amber 1

NSEF 2018 presentations

1. NSEF Matters arising from minutes of 2016 http://bit.ly/2KBvcmc
2. Report back on the Scholarly Publishing Programme: 2017-2018 by Mrs Susan Veldsman http://bit.ly/2RhStw7
3. Report back on Communication and Information Science Panel Review of Journals by Prof Marijke Coetzee http://bit.ly/2S9Q0DU
4. Report back on Humanities II: Visual and Performing Arts Journal Peer Review of Journals by Prof Rob Baum http://bit.ly/2FGAkXp
5. Report back on Architecture, Built Environment and Engineering Peer Review of Journals by Prof Amira Osman http://bit.ly/2PTTFch 
6. Incentives for Collaborative Research by Prof David Walwyn http://bit.ly/2TNc4pv
7. Science Publishing for Africa by Ms Elizabeth Marincola http://bit.ly/2BAjG7G
8. The Twists and Turns of Authorship: Real contribution or gamesmanship by Prof Robin Crewe http://bit.ly/2E0MxEq

Bekker Linda Gail 2017 e1486979640588Professor Linda-Gail Bekker is an outstanding South African physician-scientist who has made major con-tributions to the prevention and treatment of HIV and tuberculosis. As deputy director, she co-leads the University of Cape Town’s Desmond Tutu HIV Centre with her husband and scientific collaborator, Profes-sor Robin Wood. The centre, which has a 450-person strong research team, is internationally renowned for its contributions to tuberculosis and HIV research in South Africa.

She is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Cape Town and served as the President of the Interna-tional AIDS Society until recently. Professor Bekker has published over 350 peer-reviewed journal articles that have garnered over 14 000 citations, several of which are in high impact journals such as Science, The Lancet, and The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

While her research interests are in HIV and tuberculosis, her passion is the research she undertakes with young people. Within the field of HIV, her studies have included approaches to the scale-up of antiretro-viral therapy as well as the prevention of HIV in women, youth and men who have sex with men. Professor Bekker is deeply committed to improving health care services for the poor, which has been evident right from her early research. She has made substantial contributions to creating several HIV treatment and prevention centres in the community of Cape Town that primarily serve vulnerable and marginalised populations.

Lee Berger1Professor Lee Berger, the PV Tobias Chair in Palaeoanthropology and Explorer in Residence at the Na-tional Geographic Society is an outstanding scientific and scholarly thinker who is among the most highly cited scholars in the world. Professor Berger is described as a pioneer in the use of social media and other communication platforms to promote public understanding of science.

His work in the area of palaeoanthropology has garnered world renown, particularly with his team’s work on the hominid fossil discoveries of Australopithecus sediba, Homo naledi and the Rising Star Expedition. His commitment to making his work accessible to ordinary people, particularly in encouraging girls to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects at school and at tertiary level, has helped to lift the veil of mystery around science and its impact on society. 

Professor Berger was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2015 and was the 2016 Rolex Explorer of the Year.

The discovery of Homo Naledi provided Prof Berger with the opportunity to push the boundaries of open access of fossil materials, improve the visibility of women in palaeoanthropology and push the techno-logical boundaries of 3D printing by making fossil data printable. 3D printing has made the teaching and research of palaeoanthropology immediately accessible to universities across the world.

Prof Berger is a pioneer in the field of palaeoanthropology in ensuring that barriers to access of knowl-edge are removed. Prof Berger has recognised the potential that exists in the technical aspects of 3D printing coupled with the philosophy of open access to make information in his discipline accessible. This has served to inspire excellence in the discipline as it promotes debate and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and discussion.

Foreword by Stanley Maphosa: International and National Liaison Manager

Since 2015, the Liaison team has experienced growth in staff numbers, reach and influence. We have seen this programme handle critical relationships with the Department of Science and Technology and all its entities, science academies in Africa and beyond, parliament, civil society and the private sector. We have also seen and increase in ASSSAf’s visibility in international frameworks like the InterAcademy Partnership and its regional networks, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), the Pan African Parliament, BRICS and the G20. Our team of ten has seven (7) phenomenal women who have helped us take our role in science policy, science diplomacy and internationalisation of science to the next level. Below is a brief of who they are, what they do and what inspires them.

EDITH SHIKUMO: Young Scientists' Liaison Officer and SAYAS Secretariat :

Subprogramme: Young Scientists' Liaison 

I joined ASSAf in: June 2016 

What my job entails: The conceptualisation and coordination of young scientist activities, including the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) and growing SAYAS as a young academy and integrating and mainstreaming young scientist activities with the other sub-programmes at ASSAf.  

What I love about my job is: It is challenging but the scope to learn keeps me highly engaged. I also appreciate the opportunity to assist our brilliant young scientists to position themselves better in the science global arena. My interaction with various concepts in the STI field makes this a daily learning process.  

My fondest memory of working at ASSAf is: Too many to count, but undoubtedly engaging with experts ("science celebrities") in various fields and sharing my ideas with them. I have had the priviledge of having lunch with Nobel laureates at the Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings and even had the opportunity to host a Noble Prize winner in South Africa.    

What do you think are the biggest challenges that affect women in the workplace? The gross lack of appreciation for some of the processes that occur naturally that do not make women less capable or inferior but just ‘women’ which are then used to hold women back from opportunities. This forces women to work harder than their male peers in order to earn recognition or due praise. As well as the multiplicity of roles they play (for those who choose to have families) and the added pressure to achieve a work-life-family balance. It is preposterous that given the strides we have made as human beings in the 21st century, patriarchy is still well and alive.  

The quote that inspires me: 3 actually… 

Keep exploring. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don’t settle for what you already know. Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, [and] your hard work to change the world. – Barack Obama 
Lean In. – Cheryl Sandberg 
Verses in the Bible

ELZARIE SWANEPOEL : Liaison Officer for Gender in STI

Subprogramme: International Liaison

I joined ASSAf in: March 2018

What my job entails: My job, in summary, is to focus on efforts on gender mainstreaming in the academy (ASSAf) and other institutions, which includes providing secretariat to the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) South African National Chapter (SA NC), as well as coordinating Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology, and Engineering (GenderInSITE) activities.

What I love about my job is: Creating opportunities for excellent minds to be heard and to meet others. Learning more about what it means to be a woman in STI, and what innovation can do to bring about solutions which can be geared towards solving problems in an inclusive manner. Meeting and working with excellent minds in the STI space.

My fondest memory of working at ASSAf is: I have not been at ASSAf very long, but admittedly, having been at an event (I was assisting with the logistics) where my dad was one of the session moderators. It was the first time I had witnessed him in his element, and enjoy working in the same space.

What do you think are the biggest challenges that affect women in the workplace? Some of the biggest challenges are often known well and voiced, and some are subtle but the extent of them is much worse. Being engaged with women and in the gender space, various challenges come to mind, lack of mentors, opportunities, pay gap, work life balance. Perhaps, one not to be kept off the list here is discrimination by colleagues, whether female or male; not enough efforts are geared towards consciousness in respect of language, and what is and is not appropriate to say to others. Comments and behaviours showing disrespect towards another are not addressed enough. For example, women choose whether or not to have children, but if one chooses not to have children, the comment of “oh you need to choose, it’s either a career or your children”, or telling a woman that “Once you make a poor decision, (like) become pregnant, or getting infected with something, you can no longer be a woman in science,” is disheartening because this should not be the reality.

The quote that inspires me: Whenever I have to think of the quote that inspires me, there are many which come to mind, but the one that will forever be my inspiration is “If she believes in herself, she will fly…” which was the slogan of the high school I attended. My dad would, and still keeps telling this quote to me with all the small milestones I achieve, like when I was appointed in this position.

MARVIN FHUMULANI MANDIWANA: Programme Assistant

Subprogramme: The whole program operations

I joined ASSAf in: 1 May 2016 as a DST/NRT Intern

What my job entails: Administration and logistics, stakeholder engagement, social media, team support and project management

What I love about my job is: Working with an amazing group of people who continuously support each other on a daily basis

My fondest memory of working at ASSAf is: Its challenging nature which cultivates one’s mental strengths, intellectual strengths and professionalism

What do you think are the biggest challenges that affect women in the workplace? Dealing with female related health complications in an environment where the clock is always ticking.

The quote that inspires me: Nothing is impossible, only the mind makes it so 

PHYLLIS KALELE: Senior Liaison Officer- African Collaborations

Subprogramme: African Collaborations

I joined ASSAf on: 2 May 2014

What my job entails: As the principal contact person at ASSAf for other African countries, I am responsible for:

  • building new and strengthening existing academy partnerships in and for Africa
  • leading academy activities in the continent with the aim of advocating for the use of evidence-based science in policy making and increasing the visibility of African scientists
  • directing support for the establishment of new national senior and young academies of science
  • Overseeing the implementation of TWAS programmes in sub-Saharan Africa.

What I love about my job is: I am a science diplomat for ASSAf and an ambassador for fellow women scientists (#WomenLeadSTEM). Every assignment has given me the opportunity to build new and meaningful friendships around the world.

My fondest memory of working at ASSAf is: They are too many to mention but I will name a few.

  • Two weeks after joining ASSAf I was asked to lead a consensus study on human sexuality, a very controversial subject by any standard. It was unnerving talking about it but in the end it was one of the most empowering projects I have worked on led by two brilliant scientists Prof. Glenda Gray and Prof. Hoosen Coovadia.
  • Directing the compilation of the book-Legends of South African Science featuring the most brilliant South African scientists. If you haven’t read that book, you will never understand the magnitude of human scientific capital that South Africa possesses.
  • Attending science diplomacy and leadership training at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC in September 2017 just after our former minister Mrs Naledi Pandor had won the 2016 AAAS science diplomacy award. I mean what better role model for science diplomacy and advocate for African scientists could one ask for!
  • Meeting Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan during the World Science Forum 2017 held in the Dead Sea in Jordan. That aside, did you know that the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth?

What do you think are the biggest challenges that affect women in the workplace? Specifically in the science system, women tend to be regarded as administrators and not as scientists even when one’s qualifications and experience paint a different picture. Patriarchy is still very prevalent in science and an implicit obstacle for women but I have resolved to chip away at it every single day.Generally speaking, assertiveness by women in the work place is regarded as arrogance whereas assertiveness by men is regarded as confidence….. such irony!

The quote that inspires me: “I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life and I live it. I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.” Dr Maya Angelou.“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde

RENATE VENIER: National Liaison Officer - Member Engagements 

Subprogramme: National Liaison

I joined ASSAf in: August 2012

What I love about my job is: Through my membership-related activities, the opportunity (and the honour) to engage with the top researchers/scientists of our country and through the Academy’s Distinguished Visiting Scholar Programme, the contact that I have with eminent scientists from abroad.

My fondest memory of working at ASSAf is: Meeting Minister Naledi Pandor in 2015.

What do you think are the biggest challenges that affect women in the workplace? In my opinion, a noticeable challenge that women face in the workplace is the work life imbalance, especially once they start a family. They find themselves in the position where they have to leave work on time to pick up their children from after-school activities, take time off when young children are ill, responsibilities that generally fall on the shoulders of the mother. Having a family should not be a hindrance for a woman’s growth and progress in the workplace but this could so easily happen.

The quote that inspires me:I strive to treat people in a way that I would like to be treated, so the quote that inspires me is one from Maya Angelou:‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’ – Maya Angelou

TEBOGO MABOTHA: National Liaison Officer (Strategic Partnerships)

Sub-programme: National Liaison

Joined ASSAf: 14 February 2018

What my job entails: Creating opportunities for collaborative partnerships with key national stakeholders

What I love about my job: Engaging with the public on science and evidence-based knowledge

My fondest memory of working at ASSAf: Organising the Innovation for Inclusive Development (IID) Seminar on Water-Energy Nexus and Green Technologies

Biggest challenges facing women in the work place: Wage gap compared to their male counterparts

The quote that inspires me: “The extent of your vision is the boundary of your blessing. How far your vision can go is how much you can possess”- Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

THATO MOROKONG: DST/NRF Intern National Liaison

Subprogramme: National Liaison

When did I join ASSAf: 3 April 2018

What my job entails: Assisting with the coordination of the 2018 Membership elections and the 2018 ASSAf Council elections. I am also tasked with providing administrative assistance with the Gold Medal awards process, and as per request assisting with the activities in the International Liaison programme. Furthermore, I provide support in the relationship building with external stakeholders (science councils, national stakeholders).

What I love about my job is: I find the exposure and opportunities that come with working at ASSAf which also contribute to the advancement of my career growth heavily unmatched.

My fondest memory of working at ASSAf is: Attending the BRICS Young Scientist Forum and meeting one of my favourite South African Academics, Professor Adam Habib at ASSAf’s 2nd Presidential Roundtable.

What do I think are the biggest challenges that women face in the workplace: The lack of black female role models, more so in top leadership. Secondly, the male apathy and lack of support thereof that emerges when women are faced with challenges by virtue of their gender. A minute fraction of men take the initiative to speak up when they actually witness any discrimination against women.

The quote that inspires me:
“Dress up, show up and never give up” – Pastor At Boshoff

 

 

 

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) hosted several events during National Science Week (NSW) to promote science in high schools within the Graaff Reinet district from 30 July to 4 August 2018. The theme of the National Science Week was Deepening our Democracy through Science.

ASSAf invited all stakeholders and interested parties to participate in these events. The proposed programme for Graaff Reinet high schools was directed at grade 10 to 12 learners as well as stakeholders and the public that would benefit from attending. The events were held at Hoër Volkskool, Union High School, Spandau Secondary School, Asherville Secondary School and Nqweba Secondary School. 

National Science Week (NSW), an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is a countrywide celebration of science involving various stakeholders and/or role players conducting science-based activities during the week. 

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.

2nd ASSAf Presidential Roundtable

Topic: Changing Campus Cultures and the Future of South African Universities
Date:
30 May 2018
Venue:
Johannesburg Country Club
Programme

Video recording 
Welcome and Introduction, Prof Jonathan Jansen, President, ASSAf
Prof Penelope Andrews, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town
Prof Somadoda Fikeni, Distinguished Professor, Unisa
Prof Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand
Question and Answer Session
Photographs

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

The great global rankings debate

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 Quest

22 January 2018

Quest Magazine: Design and Layout Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract  Closed
 

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30 October 2017

Procurement/IT Software Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract Closed

 

 

05/12/201Quest

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RFQ/4/Dec/18/ PAP 13 December 2018

DESIGN AND LAYOUT: Poverty, Inequality and Global Climate Change: Connecting the Discussions Poverty, Inequality and Global Climate Change: Connecting the Discussions

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RFQ/30/10/218/TWASS 5 November  2018

PRINT: TWAS-ROSSA Booklets and leaflets

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27/08/2018/SAYAS 30 August 2018

Design and Layout: Food Security Symposium, Proceedings Report Food Security Symposium, Proceedings Report

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RFQ/17/August/2018/AOSP 24 August 2018 Production And Delivery Of Beaded Lanyards And Pouches Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract  Closed
RFQ/18June /2018/Admin 22 June 2018

Supply: Renewal of ESETA Licences

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RFQ/30/MAY/2018/PAP 8 June 2018

Design and Layout: Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity Proceedings Report

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 22/05/2018 Admin  25 May 2018 Licence Renewals Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract Cancelled
RFQ/17/MAY/2018/SAYAS 24 May 2018 Design and Layout: 3rd SAYAS Science and Society Symposium Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract Closed
RFQ/2/MAY/2018 11 May 2018

Quest:Exhibition Material

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RFQ/25APRIL2018 2 May 2018 Design and Layout: Visual and Performing Arts Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract  Closed
06/04/2018 Admin 18 April 2018 Supply of HP and Lenovo laptops Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract  Closed
15/ March/2018/ Liaison  22 March 2018 Design and print of Programme and Name tags Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract  Closed
07/Mar/2018 SPU 8 March 2018

DESIGN AND LAYOUT
Architecture, Built Environment and Engineering Report

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19/Feb/2018NYA 22 February 2018 Design and Layout WORLDWIDE MEETING of NATIONAL YOUNG ACADEMIES Proceedings Report Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract  Closed
14/2/2018 ADMIN 21 February 2018 Design and production of corporate banners Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract.  Closed
12/02/2018 Admin 15 February 2018 Supply of 2  laptop Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract.  Closed
05/02/2018 Admin 8 February 2018 Supply of Lenovo laptop Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract.  Closed
23 Jan2018 Com 2 February 2018 Promotional material (USB, pens, folders) Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract. Closed
21/11/2017 Admin

14:00, 24 November 2017

Storage room partitioning Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract. Closed 
17/11/2017Admin 22 November2017 Purchase of Laptop Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract.  Closed
16/11/2017/ Science Business 2017 17 November 2017 Design, Layout and Print Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract.  Closed
24/10/2017 YSC 2017 31 October 2017 Design and Layout Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract.  Closed
11/10 2017 Shale Gas 18 October 2017 Design and Layout Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract. Closed
22/09/2017 Admin  2 October 2017@ 12h00 Quotation for a Laptop Bidding Document General Conditions of Contract. Closed

 

The Academy of Science of South Africa Supply Chain Management adheres to the National Treasury’s prescribed supply chain system framework for public entities. ASSAf’s Supply Chain Management Policy seeks to give effect to section 217 of the South African Constitution which requires that all procurement of goods and services must be done in a manner that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective.

The following Bids/Quotations have been cancelled  

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AWARDED BIDS/QUOTATIONS

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Successful Bidder

RFQ/20/Sept/2018/PAP Design, Layout and Print of: HUMAN GENETICS CONSENSUS STUDY Ledcool
10/9/2018Awards Décor for the 2018 ASSAf Annual Awards Decor4U
27/08/2018/SAYAS Design and Layout: Food Security Symposium, Proceedings Report Food Security Symposium, Proceedings Report LedCool
RFQ/17/August/2018/AOSP Production And Delivery Of Beaded Lanyards And Pouches Galo City
27/08/2018/ SPU Design and Layout: Second ASSAf Report on Research Publishing In and From South Africa (2018)ASSAf Report on Research Publishing In and From South Africa (2018) LedCool
RFQ/18June /2018/Admin Supply: Renewal of ESETA Licences Katleho Tech Pty LtD
RFQ 31/May2018/Admin Supply: Renewal of Fortigate Firewall Licences Neo Technologies
RFQ/30/MAY/2018/PAP Post Grduate Engineering Report Seriti
RFQ/30/MAY/2018/PAP Design and Layout: Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity Proceedings Report LedCool
RFQ/07/MAY/2018SAJS Design and Layout: South African Journal of Science Sun Media
RFQ5/12/2017 Printing Quest Red Pencil
06/04/2018 Admin Supply of HP and Lenovo laptops Aptronics
27/March/2018/ANNUAL REPORT Design and Print ASSAF ANNUAL REPORT 2018/19 Garnett Design
15/ March/2018/ Liaison Design and print of Programme and Name tags Oranje
05/12/2017 Quest Distribution: Quest Magazine Prosource
 05/12/2017 Quest Design and layout: Quest Magazine Sun Media
26/01/2018 SAP Design, layout and print: Health Professionals Education Consensus Study Ledcool
14/2/2018 ADMIN Design and production of corporate banners Msomi Africa
26/01/2018 SAP Printing: AET Consensus Study Concise Ledcool
29/Jan/2018/Admin ASSAf Annual Preformance Plan: Printing Seriti
23 Jan2018 Com Promotional Material Msomi Africa
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
 24/10/2017 YSC 2017 Design and layout Double Options
16/11/2017/ Science Business 2017 Design and layout Msomi Africa

 

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Description

Successful Bidder

 22/09/2017 Admin

Quotation for a Laptop

Vukani technologies

11/10 2017 Shale Gas

Design and layout

Sun Media Bloemfontein

24/10/2017 YSC 2017

Design and layout

Double Options

16/11/2017/ Science Business 2017

Design, layout and Print

Msomi Africa

 

 

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

South Africa needs to develop policies, regulations 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 key objectives of SFSA2018 are: To create a platform for a vibrant debate on the role of science, technology and innovation in society; To promote international science, technology and innovation partnerships; and To create a network platform for key science, technology and innovation actors, including senior government leaders, academics, scientists, industry, civil society, and students.
Mathematics and science education in South Africa will be scrutinised at the first Science Business Leadership Forum of the Academy of Science of South Africa’s (ASSAf) to be held on 30 November 2018 in Sandton.
Cannabis in the Spotlight
Monday, 12 November 2018
To get high, or not to get high? A multi-disciplinary team of panellists will 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 potential risk of neonicotinoids in Africa will be assessed at a workshop hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

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