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Published: 12 August 2019

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a free public lecture by Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan  Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town entitled Unravelling the Biology of Extinct Animals Using Bone Histology.

Published: 06 August 2019

Please note that this event has been postponed. More information will be shared asap.
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) andthe Department of Science and Technology (DST) cordially invite you to the INNOVATION FOR INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT (IID) SEMINAR SERIES on The Smart City Initiatives in South Africa and Paving a Way to Support Cities to Address Frontier Issues Using New and Emerging Technologies.

Published: 01 August 2019

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.

Published: 31 July 2019

This year the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is commemorating its 50th anniversary and the 90th anniversary of its predecessor, the National Bureau of Educational and Social Research (NBESR), while the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria (UP) is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Published: 22 July 2019

South Africa’s progress towards ensuring clean and accessible water will be interrogated at a two-day workshop on 23 and 24 July 2019 hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

Published: 08 July 2019

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.

Published: 08 July 2019

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.

Published: 03 July 2019

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.

Published: 02 July 2019

Twenty-five years ago, political activist and astronomer Dr Bernie Fanaroff and 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 atmosphere.

Published: 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.

Published: 20 June 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.

Published: 10 June 2019

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

Published: 07 June 2019

Threats to Coastal and Marine Environment and Conservation of the Ocean Environment - with Special Attention to Climate Change and Marine Plastic Waste. Click here for the Statement.

Published: 05 June 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) invites you to  a Stakeholder Awareness Workshop on the 2019 White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation to be held on 27 June 2019 at Future Africa Conference Centre, at the University of Pretoria.

Published: 28 May 2019

The South African Journal of Science is offering a one-year mentoring opportunity for early career
academics or researchers who wish to gain valuable editorial experience working closely with an
Associate Editor. Access the Call.

Published: 22 May 2019

A record number of 20 young scientists bound for the annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany were given a taste of what to expect at a send-off meeting hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) last week in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Published: 22 May 2019

Nine Members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) are among the Finalists in the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awards for 2018/2019 with no fewer than four nominated in more than one category.

Published: 17 May 2019

The protection of intellectual property (IP) for grassroots innovation will be discussed at a seminar hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) on 21 May 2019 in Pretoria.

Published: 15 May 2019

Tuesday 14 May 2018 saw the formation of Invest In Open Infrastructure (IOI) a global initiative to increase the availability and sustainability of open knowledge infrastructure. The needs of today’s diverse scholarly communities are not being met by the existing largely uncoordinated scholarly infrastructure, which is dominated by vendor products that take ownership of the scholarly process and data without appropriate governance and oversight from the communities they serve.

Published: 10 May 2019

The potential risk of neonicotinoids in Africa will be assessed at a working group meeting hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina on 13 – 15 May 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Published: 10 May 2019

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a free public lecture by Professor Susan Kidson, Former Dean of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town entitled The story of Equids in Africa: historical, archaeological and new genetic insights.

Published: 09 May 2019

The University of Pretoria and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invite you to a Public Lecture on Fundamental Physics with the Radio Sky by A/Prof Amanda Weltman, University of Cape Town and SAYAS member and The MeerKAT Radio Telescope: Fundamental Science Driving Policy, Innovation and Human Capital Development by Prof Justin Jonas, Chief Technologist, Square Kilometre Array. Click here for more information.

Published: 09 May 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) entered into an agreement with the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) for the advancement of science on the continent.

Published: 30 April 2019

Kish Island, Iran, 29 April 2019 - Every year injuries kill more than 5 million − in other words they cause the deaths of around 1 out of every 10 people.  They have been considered the number one killer and crippler of children and youngsters for more than 20 years, yet in most countries acute injuries (also known as trauma) are still considered ‘accidents’.

Published: 25 April 2019

Improving and protecting South African research publishing is at the core of a consensus study released today by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

Addressing new possibilities and challenges which have arisen and were exacerbated with the advent of open science, the study, entitled Twelve Years Later: Second ASSAf Report on Research Publishing in and from South Africa (2018) highlights the main issues and unresolved problems still remaining in the system despite progress.

Published: 24 April 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) cordially invite you to thevInnovation for Inclusive Development (IID) Seminar on Protection of Intellectual Property for Grassroots Innovation.

Published: 16 April 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has extended its congratulations to the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, who graduated with a PhD in Education from the University of Pretoria on 16 April 2019.

Published: 12 April 2019

The South African Journal of Science is a scholarly open access, multidisciplinary journal published bimonthly by the Academy of Science of South Africa. The Journal’s mandate is to publish original research with an interdisciplinary and regional African focus, as well as to provide a forum for the discussion of news and developments in research and higher education.

Published: 11 April 2019

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Acience of South Africa invite you to a free public lecture by Dr Kevin Winter of the Environmental and Geographical Science and a lead researcher in the Future Water Institute at at the University of Cape Town entitled Can Day Zero be Postponed Indefinitely?

Published: 08 April 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) expresses its condolences on the passing of the pioneering biologist, Dr Sydney Brenner, Foreign Associate Member of ASSAf. Sydney Brenner was a two-time recipient of the Canada Gairdner International Award and the 2002 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine.

Published: 25 March 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to the launch of a Consensus Study titled Twelve Years Later: Second ASSAf Report on Research Publishing in and from South Africa (2018).

Published: 20 March 2019

Italy and South Africa have a longstanding relationship in the arts, culture, science, technology and innovation. As part of commemorating this relationship, the Italian Embassy in South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF), will be co-hosting a one-day workshop at the NRF on 5 April 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa.

Published: 18 March 2019

ASSAf Study – Postgraduate Engineering Key for Future Growth – Media Release

Postgraduate engineering training and research to position South Africa in the high-technology manufacturing sector are critical and government is urged to develop such a vision, and the higher education sector to support it.

Published: 08 March 2019

Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a free public lecture by Professor Andrew Argent, Head of  the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Cape Town and the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital entitled Research lessons from Risky Business.

Published: 06 March 2019

SAYAS calls for nomination of young scientists into the academy on an annual basis. To qualify for nomination, a candidate should meet the following criteria:

Published: 04 March 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has successfully nominated 20 top young scientists from South Africa to attend the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to physics later this year in Lindau, Germany.

Published: 05 February 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) -Twas Young Affiliate Network (TYAN), the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE) and the World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) will be hosting an Infectious Diseases Symposium from 27 to 28 May 2019 in Durban, South Africa.

Published: 04 February 2019

Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a free public lecture by Prof Michael E Meadows, Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Department of Geographic Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, on Wetlands in the highlands and the lowlands: reinterpreting African landscapes through Quaternary palaeoecology.

Published: 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.

Published: 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.

Published: 10 January 2019

Prof Sabiha Essack was elected as the new General Secretary during the Council meeting on 10 October 2018.

Published: 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.

Published: 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 Ali is 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 Technology/National Research Foundation (DST/NRF) South African Research Chair in Sustainable Malaria Control at the same institution.

Prof Juanita Bornman is both Professor and Director of the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at UP.

Prof Daniel Bradlow holds the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in International Development Law and African Economic Relations at UP.

Prof Basil Brooke is Head: Vector Control Reference Laboratory at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and Professor, Research Institute for Malaria, Wits.

Prof Kelly Chibale is a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a full member of the UCT Institute of Infectious Disease & Molecular Medicine.

Prof Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu is the Director of the School of Public Management and Administration, UP.

Prof Mark Cotton is the Director of the Children’s Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Unit at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital.

Prof Michael Davies-Coleman is Professor Emeritus and Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape.

Prof Erika de Wet holds the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in International Constitutional Law in the Faculty of Law, UP.

Prof Rangan Gupta is a Professor at the Department of Economics, UP.

Prof Chaudry Masood Khalique is Professor of Applied Mathematics at North-West University.

Prof Lise Korsten is the Co-Director in the DST Centre of Excellence Food Security. She is also the Head of Plant Pathology in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at UP.

Prof Helena Kuivaniemi is Professor in the Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Stellenbosch University (SU).

Prof Virna Leaner is Professor in the Division of Medical Biochemistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT.

Prof Kevin Naidoo holds the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Scientific Computing and is Director of the Scientific Computing Research Unit, Chemistry Department, UCT.

Prof Jan Neels is Distinguished Professor of International Commercial Law, University of Johannesburg (UJ).

Prof Charles Ngwena is Professor at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, UP.

Prof João Rodrigues is Head of School of Physics, Wits and Director of the Centre for Theoretical Physics at the same institution.

Prof Marissa Rollnick is Professor Emeritus at the Wits School of Education.

Published: 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 Jansen, moderated the discussion. 

In a landmark decision by the South African Constitutional Court in September this year South Africa became the first African country to legalise private use and growing of cannabis.

While hailed as a victory for human rights and users of cannabis, cautionary notes are increasingly being sounded. What are the medical consequences and the social considerations?

Pro-lobbyists see no harm in recreational use, but in its response to the legalisation, the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) noted a growing public perception of cannabis as a ‘harmless’ plant.

Panellists at the roundtable who offered their evidence-based and scientific views on this controversial subject and issues around it were Dr Abdul Kader Domingo, Specialist Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer at Stellenbosch University and a member of the SA Society of Psychiatrists Special Group on Addictions; Prof Keymanthri Moodley, Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University; Prof Fraser McNeill, Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Pretoria and Prof Eva Manyedi, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, North-West University and a member of the Central Drug Authority.

In their opening statements, the panellists provided a balanced view on the decriminalisation of cannabis and the implications of its use. The focus of the ensuing discussions leaned towards the negative consequences, in particular, the effects of cannabis on the brain and the detrimental effects on developing brains when the risk of psychotic illness is increased with early and regular use of cannabis.

The panel faced a diverse, and in terms of opinion, a divided audience of academics, students, business people and the general public. Some in the audience dismissed the association of cannabis with potential harm.

Published: 10 January 2019

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.

Published: 10 January 2019

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.

Published: 10 January 2019

ASSAf in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) hosted the Kenya-South Africa diaspora colloquium. The event targeted Kenyan senior scientists, young scientists and PhD students in the social, physical and natural science fields working in South African research organisations, universities and the private sector.

Published: 10 January 2019

ASSAf’s Scholarly Publishing Programme (SPP) hosted a stimulating full-day meeting of 62 members of the National Scholarly Editors’ Forum (NSEF) on 20 November 2018 in Johannesburg. 

Published: 04 December 2018

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.

Published: 29 November 2018

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.
Published: 20 November 2018

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.

Published: 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.

Published: 09 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.

Published: 06 November 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to the 1st Annual Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Published: 02 November 2018

Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a public lecture by Prof Roger Smith, Evolutionary Studies Institute,University of the Witwatersrand and  Karoo Palaeontology, Iziko South African Museum on ‘Antarctica and South Africa: New Evidence of Mass Extinctions’

Published: 02 November 2018

Over the past few years, there has been a shift towards the realization of the importance of science and technology as tools for developing nations, particularly in Africa. Threats such as climate change, food insecurity, and the burden of disease, are among the major challenges facing humanity at a global level, calling for the alignment of STI with the practice of governance and diplomacy.

Published: 30 October 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has announced the appointment of Professor Himla Soodyall as Executive Officer with effect from 1 November 2018. She is succeeding Professor Roseanne Diab who is retiring.

Published: 22 October 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa and the British Academy are inviting applications from early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to attend a research collaboration workshop on the broad theme of Urban Lives. The workshop aims to incentivise and establish engagement and collaboration between early career researchers from a broad range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences in South Africa and the UK, encouraging the exchange of ideas across both disciplinary and national boundaries.

Published: 12 October 2018
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Published: 11 October 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) recognised two of South Africa’s foremost scholars with gold medals at its prestigious Annual Awards Ceremony held in Pretoria on 10 October 2018. 

Published: 11 October 2018

Twenty of the country’s leading scholars and scientists were inaugurated as Members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at the annual Awards Ceremony on 10 October 2018.

Published: 09 October 2018

Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a public lecture by Professor Victoria Jideani, Founder and Leader of the Cereals and Legumes Biopolymers Research for Food Security titled Towards Sustainable Food Systems: Bambara Groundnut goes beyond bounds.

Published: 19 September 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Annual Humanities Lecture will take place on 20 September 2018 in Cape Town. The lecture, entitled Intergenerational Trauma, Past and Present: Why the Internal Worlds of Black Lives Matter, will be delivered by Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela and is aimed at promoting the importance of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the country. 

Published: 11 September 2018

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a public lecture by Professor Kobus Visser, Emeritus Professor, School of Business and Finance, University of the Western Cape on Managing Complex Situations: Lessons from the World’s First Heart Transplant.

Published: 10 September 2018

Young scientists will deliberate on corruption and its negative effects on Africa’s progress at the 9th Young Scientists’ Conference which will be held from 13 – 14 September 2018 in Johannesburg.

Published: 27 August 2018

You are cordially invited to the 2018 Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Annual Humanities Lecture on Intergenerational Trauma, Past and Present: Why the Internal Worlds of Black Lives Matter by Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela and the ASSAf Humanities Book Award & Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Medal for Social Sciences and Humanities. This joint event by ASSAf and HSRC will celebrate Humanities and Social Sciences.

Published: 22 August 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), will be seeking candidates to participate in the 2019 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting to be held from 30 June to 5 July 2019 in Lindau, Germany.

Published: 08 August 2018

This Innovation for Inclusive Development (IID) learning intervention hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) sets out to discuss the deployment of open data driven solutions to improve public service delivery, empower citizen, create economic opportunities and solve societal challenges. To better understand and harness the impact of open data, there’s a need to delve deeper to unpack the dynamics of open data practices in South Africa.

Published: 19 July 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) and the Organisation for Women in Science for Developing World - South Africa National Chapter (OWSD-SANC) will be hosting the Annual Young Scientists’ Conference on 13 – 14 September 2018.

Published: 19 July 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the New Zealand High Commission in South Africa cordially invite you to a public lecture on Science, Policy and Society – Accelerating Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals by Sir Peter Gluckman, Science Envoy for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Published: 10 July 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) together with the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) invites you to a symposium on The Root Causes of Low Coverage and Under-Immunisation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Published: 06 July 2018

Trieste, Italy, 5 July 2018

The InterAcademy Partnership for Health (IAP for Health) today issues ‘A Call for Action to Tackle the Growing Burden of Dementia’. This IAP Statement is endorsed by more than 50 members of IAP for Health (i.e. academies of medicine and academies of science with strong medical sections from around the world).

Published: 05 July 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is looking for an experienced science magazine editor to create compelling content and oversee the full scope of the editorial process of the Quest magazine from concept to publication. The successful editor will work as an independent person in liaison with the Education Liaison Officer within the Scholarly Publishing Programme at ASSAf. Advised by an Editorial Advisory Board and reporting to the Executive Officer.

Published: 02 July 2018

A week of intense discussion, socialising and learning has come to an end at Lindau with a day spent at the garden island of Mainau on Lake Constance. Home to Countess Bettina Bernadotte, President of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, Mainau is a plant-lover’s paradise, with beautiful sculpted gardens, a butterfly park and numerous water features. The delegates listened to a panel discussion on ‘Living in the post-truth era’, before spending hours picnicking beneath towering trees and wandering the utopian island. On the boat home to Lindau on Friday evening, South African delegates shared their sadness that the conference was over, but left inspired and full of new ideas.

Published: 30 June 2018

“There is no point to health innovation if it can’t serve everyone who needs it.”

Edith Phalane, a PhD student at North-West University, is a passionate advocate for science for Africa. She was one of the panellists at a breakfast event titled Health Innovation in Africa: The Way Forward, where panelists and delegates discussed infrastructure, capacity building and community health work.

Published: 28 June 2018

Genome editing may sound like science fiction, or perhaps something from a horror movie, but it is a process as old as life itself. All organisms edit their own genes, humans have edited genes (without knowing it) since the dawn of agriculture, and now genome editing technology offers the chance to treat incurable genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis or Huntington’s disease. Delegates at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings gathered to discuss the ethical, social and scientific challenges around topics like CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology and the ‘designer baby’ phenomenon.

Published: 27 June 2018

South African (SA) young scientist Blessing Ahiante of North-West University who is attending the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting said that learning about the genetic clock made her think about stress in African populations in new ways. “I can relate because most people in SA are stressed in some way: not sleeping, not resting, working all the time,” she said. “I was interested to learn how these stressors can influence the genes.”

Published: 26 June 2018

Professor Elizabeth Blackburn has called for a global agreement for sustainable basic research, modelled on the Paris Climate Accord, during her keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The proposed accord would see global support for basic research to help address challenges in health, nutrition, climate and energy, and encourage a fairer and more inclusive society for all.

Published: 06 June 2018

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a public lecture by Prof Peter Ryan, Director of the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town on Seabirds: Their Biology and Conservation

Published: 01 June 2018

The classroom buzzed: with talk, with laughter, with young minds at work. In small groups, young scientists and learners leaned in to discuss real environmental and health problems in their community and think of how research could solve them.

Published: 01 June 2018

Two Members of the South African Young Academy of Science SAYAS) are among the Finalists in the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awards for2017/2018. 

Published: 01 June 2018

Nine Members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) are among the Finalists in the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awards for2017/2018. 

Published: 01 June 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) celebrated Africa month with an inaugural workshop on science diplomacy that was hosted from 21 to 25 May 2018 near Pretoria.

Published: 01 June 2018

Assessment of Private Sector Involvement in Climate Change Related Research, Development and Innovation in South Africa. This study sets out to understand which organisations/entities are active in climate change related research, development and innovation (RDI), what kinds of activities are prioritised, what is the magnitude and nature of climate change RDI investment in the private sector, and how this compares to and complements public investments. Read more

Published: 01 June 2018

This annual award was established by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in 2002 and its purpose is to recognise outstanding scientists who have applied scientific thinking in the service of society. All areas of science and scholarly work are considered. Up to two awards are made each year. Regulation 2Read more

Published: 02 May 2018

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa cordially invite you to a public lecture by Professor Mike Bruton, Honorary Research Associate, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, Grahamstown.

Published: 02 May 2018

ASSAf Members - You are hereby invited to submit nominations to fill the position on the ASSAf Council for the remainder of the 2016 - 2020 cycle. There is one vacant position on the ASSAf Council subsequent to the resignation of Professor Shireen Hassim before the expiration of her term of office.

Published: 25 April 2018

Dear ASSAf Members and stakeholders
It has been a great honour for me to have served the Academy as Executive Officer over the past ten years. It has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience that I have enjoyed immensely. The time has now come for me to retire and I will leave ASSAf at the end of this year. We have advertised the position and have also appointed a Council head hunting team to assist in the identification of suitable candidates. 

Published: 23 April 2018

Young scientists from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) deliberated on the eradication of hunger and food security at a workshop hosted by the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) from 11 to 13 April 2018.

Published: 06 April 2018

The South African Journal of Science is an open access, multidisciplinary journal published bimonthly by the Academy of Science of South Africa. The Journal’s mandate is to publish original research with an interdisciplinary and regional Africa focus and to provide a forum for discussion of news and developments in research and higher education.

Published: 06 April 2018

The scourge of infectious diseases in Africa will be the subject of a symposium co-hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Uganda National Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina next week.

Published: 16 March 2018

ASSAf Members

The annual process of nominating and electing new Members to ASSAf has commenced, in accordance with Regulation 1 of the Academy, and you are herewith requested to submit nominations by using the attached nomination form. Click here for more information on the Call.

Published: 15 March 2018

The state of safety in life science research in southern African countries will be probed at a two-day workshop of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) on 19 – 20 March 2018.

Published: 12 March 2018

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has joined science leaders from around the globe to call on the Commonwealth Heads of Government to use the best available science to guide action on climate change.

Published: 08 March 2018

Science and uncertainty is being explored at a symposium hosted by the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) on 8 – 9 March 2018.

Published: 01 March 2018

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a public lecture by Professor Rebecca Ackermann, Director of the Human Evolution Research Institute in the Department of Archaeology at University of Cape Town on ‘Ancient Sex and the Production of Human Diversity’.

Published: 01 March 2018

Six young female South African scientists were nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetinglater this year in Lindau, Germany.

Published: 01 March 2018

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: 28 February 2018

The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) seeks to elect the country’s leading emerging researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities. In addition to their demonstrated research excellence, candidates should also be able to show an ongoing commitment to improving South African science through engagement in community development, capacity building and mentoring activities.

Published: 13 February 2018

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.



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