ASSAf News

Published: 21 September 2020

The ASSAf Annual Humanities Lecture was inaugurated in 2017. Its primary purpose is to provide a platform, within ASSAf and its multidisciplinary suite of activities and projects, for showcasing and promoting the Humanities and its significance for social and human development. It does so through inviting a leading Humanities scholar to deliver a lecture on a question which is of interest in the country. Previous lectures focused on the student uprisings of 2015, the significance of Steve Biko for thinking about human equality and the role of intellectuals for the policy of apartheid. The 2020 ASSAf Annual Humanities Lecture will be presented by Angela Saini, award-winning author ot Superior: The Return of Race and Science. Click here for more information and to RSVP

Published: 18 September 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to its virtual 2020 Annual Awards Ceremony and Member Inauguration. New Members of the South African Young Academy (SAYAS) will also be Inaugurated. Click here for more information.

Published: 16 September 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina organise a virtual panel to discuss human mental health in times of the COVID-19 pandemic from four country perspectives. The renowned speakers analyze the situation in Germany, South Africa, Spain, and Nigeria from a scientific perspective. In this regard, they address three levels: the individual, the health care system and the society in general. Click here for more information.

Published: 02 September 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the University of Johannesburg cordially invite you to a virtual public lecture by ASSAf Distinguished Visiting Scholar Professor Romain Murenzi. Read more

Published: 01 September 2020

The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) held a Webinar on ‘Women Scientists in the Forefront against COVID-19’ on 26 August 2020 in celebration of Women’s month. August in South Africa is historically devoted to celebrating the successes of women and is a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women.

Published: 13 August 2020

The ASSAf Humanities Standing Committee announces the call for its second Humanities Book Award. The Committee seeks your assistance in nominating and identifying writers of scholarly publications. These nominations are limited to the publication dates 2017, 2018 and 2019. The book should be noteworthy in its contribution to developing new understanding and insight of a topic in the Humanities, Social Sciences or the Performing Arts.

Published: 12 August 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) cordially invite you to the INNOVATION FOR INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT (IID) SEMINAR SERIES on Building Profitable and Sustainable Community Owned Connectivity Networks.

Published: 13 July 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), Scholarly Publishing Programme, cordially invites you to a Webinar on Good Peer Review Practices.

Published: 09 July 2020

Invitation to join our 2nd SAYAS Webinar on COVID-19 and its Impact on Knowledge Production and Research in Africa to be held on Thursday, 23 July at 11:00-12:30.

Published: 07 July 2020

As of early July 2020, the full force of COVID-19 has yet to strike in South Africa, though it has already impacted the economy further and disrupted the healthcare system. While much has been said about the former, with few exceptions, little has been discussed about the disruption to routine, essential healthcare services. Read full Statement.

Published: 25 June 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Embassy of Italy in South Africa, cordially invite you to register for the virtual panel discussion on Social, Psychological and Health Impact of COVID-19 on the Elderly: South African and Italian Perspectives

Published: 11 June 2020

The publication of a Commentary in the South African Journal of Science (SAJS; vol 116 5/6) by Professor Nicoli Nattrass, entitled ‘Why are black South African students less likely to consider studying biological sciences?’, has generated heated public debate about the author’s approach, methods and findings about the possible reasons for lower representation of black students in the biological sciences.

Published: 10 June 2020

ASSAf Members - Four vacancies on the ASSAf Council need to be filled as the term of the current Council ends in October this year. You are hereby invited to submit nominations to fill the vacancies on the ASSAf Council for the new 2020/2024 cycle. Call - Regulation 13 - Nomination form

Published: 09 June 2020

Statement in response to the article published in the South African Journal of Science by Professor Nicoli Nattrass with the title Why are black South African students less likely to consider studying biological sciences?

Published: 05 June 2020

COVID-19 has had a profound impact across the globe, affecting health and health services, impacting the global economy, and exacerbating social and economic inequalities. Global cooperation and effective policy are essential for tackling the virus and for ensuring a successful economic recovery. Click here to read the statement.

Published: 18 May 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is the only statutory academy in the country established to provide government and the general public with evidence-based advice on issues of pressing national concern. Through its membership of outstanding scientists from across the disciplines, Academy members such as Professors Salim Abdool Karim, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Glenda Gray, and Shabir Madhi are already working tirelessly in advising the South African government on effective ways of dealing with the pandemic. There are in fact many other Academy members doing important scientific research on the pandemic including Professor Helen Rees who is leading the South African component of a global vaccine trial to identify treatments for COVID-19.

Published: 13 May 2020

The SciELO Network  is a collection of prestigious open access scholarly journals. The project originated in Brazil 21 years ago and now includes a total of 15 national collections, mostly from South America, and also from Spain, Portugal, and South Africa (since 2009). 

Published: 30 April 2020

After the overwhelming success of Legends of South African Science, published in 2017 as part of the 20 year celebrations of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), this edition of Legends of South African Science II continues with profiling Members who were elected between 1993 – 2000.

Published: 28 April 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has successfully nominated nine top young scientists from South Africa to attend the 7th Lindau Meeting of the Laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel in Lindau, Germany. The meeting dates scheduled for 25 to 29 August 2020 have been postponed to 24 to 28 August 2021 in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 28 April 2020

ASSAf Members - Find a call for nominations for the 2020 ASSAf Science-for-Society Gold Medal Awards. Nominations must contain a motivation relating to the criteria for the award (the emphasis being on the impact of the nominees’ contributions to societal issues and policy making in South Africa), and must be accompanied by a full curriculum vitae.

Published: 24 April 2020

The annual process of nominating and electing new Members to ASSAf has commenced for 2020 in accordance with Regulation 1 of the Academy. The relevant nomination form is attached.The membership of South Africa's nationally and internationally recognised science academy, ultimately determines the quality and scope of the role that ASSAf can play in the developmental trajectory of the country. 

Published: 20 April 2020

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: 17 April 2020

It is with sadness that we  share the news of the passing of ASSAf Member, Prof Maarten de Wit, NMU, on Tuesday night, 14 April 2020.

Published: 08 April 2020

The SciELO Network  is a collection of prestigious open access scholarly journals. The project originated in Brazil 21 years ago and now includes a total of 15 national collections, mostly from South America, and also from Spain, Portugal and South Africa (since 2009). 

Published: 06 April 2020

It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of ASSAf Member, Dr Neville Comins on 3 April. Dr Comins will be remembered for his active support of ASSAf and its activities – he was a true champion of the Academy. 

Published: 01 April 2020

ASSAf Member, Prof Gita Ramjee, passed away yesterday from COVID-19 complications. She would’ve turned 64 on 8 April. She is an internationally known HIV scientist and was the Chief Scientific Officer at the Aurum Institute. Prior to that, Chief Specialist Scientist and Director of the SAMRC’s HIV Prevention Research Unit. Our deepest condolences to her husband, family and friends.

Published: 06 March 2020

Prof Olubukola Babalola, ASSAf member @theNWU teams up with @SAYAS_SA at a capacitation session for young scientists at the Mafikeng campus focussing on Conferencing & Presentation skills #WiS #eachoneteachone. See more

Published: 05 March 2020

It is with regret that we need to announce the rescheduling of the Royal Society of South Africa Public Lecture by Emeritus Professor William Bond, due to be delivered at the SAAO Auditorium on Wednesday 18 March 2020 at 17h00.

Published: 04 March 2020

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will, together with their strategic partners, host an international conference from 26th - 28th October 2020 at SPU in Kimberley, South Africa. The event will bring together researchers and stakeholders from across the globe to consider anew the role of humanities and social science research in South Africa and Africa, within the context of the historical precursors and future effects of our current global condition.

Published: 03 March 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has successfully nominated ten top young scientists from South Africa to attend the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting which will be an interdisciplinary meeting dedicated to the disciplines of Chemistry, Physics and Physiology/Medicine, later this year in Lindau, Germany.

Published: 28 February 2020

Please note that this event has been postponed. ASSAf Presidential Roundtable Discussion on the human question in artificial intelligence co-hosted with the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) will take place on 9 June 2020 in Stellenbosch. The topic is Frankenstein or Gods? The Impact of the New Technologies on What It Means To Be Human”. Read more

Published: 25 February 2020

SAYAS seeks to elect the country’s leading emerging researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities.

Published: 10 February 2020

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a free public lecture by Dr Susan Cunningham, FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, entitled The costs of keeping cool: climate change and the future for desert birds

Published: 10 February 2020

You are cordially invited to the launch of a report on Recognising Individual Contributions to Collaborative Research: Limitations of Proportional Publication Counts and Proposals for Alternatives.

Published: 10 February 2020

All National Academies are cordially invited to send a Member to the Network's Fourteenth Biennial Meeting in 8 - 9 December 2020, Pretoria, South Africa. The event will be hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). Formal invitations will be sent out in early 2020.

 

Published: 04 February 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa is facing a challenge of multimorbidity. Multimorbidity is defined as the concurrent presence of two or more chronic health conditions. The high burden of infectious diseases combined with the growing burden of non-communicable diseases are contributing to multimorbidity in the region.

Published: 31 January 2020

Quest: Science for South Africa is a popular science magazine published by the Academy of Science of South Africa. The magazine’s target audience are grade 8-12 learners and undergraduate students who have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and innovation (STEMi). The magazine covers a variety of topics from all sciences and aims to extend the target audiences’ understanding of the sciences and to promote science across the sections of the target group.

Published: 28 November 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to the panel session titled Industrial Parks as Supportive Environments for STI Collaborations under the theme Enabling Science and Innovation Collaboration.

Published: 26 November 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), is inviting a science communication specialist/science journalist from South Africa to attend the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting (LNLM) to be held from 28 June to 3 July 2020 in Lindau, Germany. The grant will cover a return flight and ground travel to Lindau, accommodation, and meals during the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting. The deadline for responses to this call is Friday, 31 January 2020. Read more

Published: 26 November 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), is inviting a science communication specialist/science journalist from South Africa to attend the 7th Lindau Meeting of the Laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel to be held from 25 to 29 August 2020 in Lindau, Germany. The grant will cover a return flight and ground travel to Lindau, accommodation, and meals during the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting (LNLM). The deadline for responses to this call is Friday, 31 January 2020. Click here for more information.

Published: 20 November 2019

Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a free public lecture by Xavier Zylstra, Senior Educator, Two Oceans Aquarium.

Published: 14 October 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) recognised one of South Africa’s foremost scholars with a gold medal at its prestigious Annual Awards Ceremony held in Pretoria on 9 October 2019. ASSAf annually awards up to two ASSAf Science-for-Society Gold Medals for outstanding achievement in scientific thinking to the benefit of society. This year the award was presented to South African professor of psychology at Stellenbosch University, Professor Leslie Swartz.

Published: 14 October 2019

Twenty-three 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 9 October 2019. As the official Academy of South Africa, ASSAf has as core function to honour the country’s most outstanding scholars by electing them to Membership of the Academy. ASSAf Members are drawn from the full spectrum of disciplines.

Published: 14 October 2019

The extent of diversity and inclusion in aerospace of under-represented groups such as “women, minority ethnic groups, people with disabilities and under-represented socioeconomic groups” remains a contested issue globally. With these contestations, it is crucial to highlight that activities aimed at addressing matters relating to inclusion and diversity in aerospace of under-represented groups will require a long-term strategic approach. In an attempt to address these controversies, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Embassy of the United States of America in South Africa, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World South Africa Chapter (OWSD SANC), and the South African Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) will be hosting a public panel discussion titled “A Seat at the Table: A Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion in Aerospace”.

Published: 04 October 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with Stellenbosch University (Library and Information Services) cordially invites you to the ASSAf Presidential Roundtable: Science, Scholarship and Society on: ‘Is Scholarly Publishing becoming Unaffordable?’ An Evidence-based Dialogue on the Implications of a European Plan S on South African Research. Invitation Briefing

Published: 03 October 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is looking forward towards participating in Open Access Week, celebrated globally from 21 until 27 October 2019, themed: “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”.
We invite all members of the scholarly community to participate in the following series of events, to be presented by ASSAf, in collaboration with other stakeholders. Click here.

Published: 16 September 2019

The Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy Of Science Of South Africainvite you to a free public lecture by Professor Mike Bruton, former director of the JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology entitled Curator and Crusader: The Life and Work of Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer.

Published: 04 September 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), is seeking candidates to participate in the 2020 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting to be held from 28 June to 3 July 2020 in Lindau, Germany.

Published: 04 September 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), is seeking candidates to participate in the 7th Lindau Meeting of the Laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel.

Published: 01 September 2019

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. I am just trying to keep up.

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: 08 July 2019

By Paul Kennedy, ScienceLink

“As a Nobel Prize winner, you can choose to take the role of Laureate in all sorts of directions. For me, I want to change the world as positively as possible, and I’m prepared to step out of my comfort zone to do it.”

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.