ASSAf News

Published: 07 February 2017

Rapid urbanisation in low- and middle-income countries is having a significant impact on the health and wellbeing on the world’s population. Healthcare services in growing cities are struggling, and are already swamped with ongoing challenges like infectious diseases. They have limited time or resources to tackle chronic diseases like high blood pressure, which are often without symptoms early on, yet can cause long-term damage.

Published: 30 January 2017

Human rights and social determinants of health are the subjects of two reports released by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

Published: 25 January 2017

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office of sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) announced the winner of its annual Regional Young Scientists’ award.

Published: 12 December 2016

An initiative to establish an African Open Science Platform to promote the value and exploit the potential of Open Data for science was announced by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, at the Science Forum South Africa 2016 (SFSA).

Published: 05 December 2016

The South African Journal of Science (SAJS) pays tribute to the academic impact of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in a commemorative compilation highlighting the work of ASSAf in its first 20 years.

Published: 14 October 2016

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) have called for an urgent high-level summit to address the current crisis in higher education.

Published: 14 June 2016

With the annual national Youth Day being celebrated this week, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) highlights opportunities available through ASSAf for young scientists in South Africa.

The most prestigious of these is membership of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). Membership of SAYAS is by election and provides an opportunity for young scientists to enhance their networks and contribute to the building of the national system of innovation. SAYAS promotes excellence and the building of high-level skills that are critical for South Africa’s development.

Published: 29 February 2016

Women representation and participation in national science academies globally are insignificant despite efforts to promote the role of women in science. The first comprehensive survey of member academies of IAP: The Global Network of Science Academies, found the average share of women members across 69 national science academies to be 12%. In just under one half, 30 academies from 69, the share of women members was either 10% or less.