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Young Scientists Address Human Rights 

Human rights will come under scrutiny at the 7th Annual Young Scientists’ Conference on 6 and 7 October 2016. 

The conference will be hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE), and the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World South Africa National Chapter (OWSD-SANC), and. The conference theme, Human Rights, is aligned to the 2016 African Union Year Theme of Human Rights with Special Focus on Rights of Women. 

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Theme: Transforming risk into opportunity

25 & 26 October 2016

Hatch Africa Offices, Johannesburg, South Africa

“You are invited to register for the 2016 Business and Biodiversity Indaba”

WHEN: Tuesday and Wednesday, 25th and 26th October 2016
WHERE: Hatch Africa Head Office, Modderfontein, Johannesburg
PROGRAMME: The 2016 programme includes the following exciting line-up:

  • Daily opening keynote addresses from respected business leaders.
  • The business case for biodiversity from business’ perspective, including financial risks and opportunities.
  • Business as a key partner in reversing biodiversity loss.
  • Latest international and national developments in the mainstreaming of biodiversity.
  • Panel discussions and presentations on progress in the mainstreaming of biodiversity into key business sectors in South Africa.
  • The NBBN’s approach to catalysing biodiversity mainstreaming in business – pushing the biodiversity mainstreaming agenda.
  • Panel discussions to present and discuss on-the-ground learnings from businesses that have been actively managing biodiversity risks and opportunities.
  • Break-away sessions to explore a variety of approaches and tools to managing natural capital risk and opportunity.
  • Break-away sessions and round-tables to present and dissect case studies demonstrating how the management of biodiversity has added value to business.
  • Panel discussion to sum up the learnings from the two days and propose the way forward.

SPEAKERS: Speakers include Deidre Herbst (Sustainability Manager, Eskom), Chantal van der Watt (Senior Manager in Sustainability and Integrated Reporting, Price Waterhouse Coopers), Dr. Theresia Ott (Principal Advisor: Group Environment, Rio Tinto), Dr. Marie Parramon-Gurney (Regional Technical Coordinator: Business, Economics and Biodiversity, IUCN), Dr. Peter Lukey (Chief Policy Advisor: Strategic Environmental Intelligence Environmental, Department of Environmental Affairs), Dr. Lorren Haywood (Senior Researcher: Sustainability Science and Resource Economics, CSIR), amongst others. Other companies and organisations to be represented include Transnet, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Woolworths, Santam, Nedbank, Mondi, Talmar Sustainable Developments, The Biodiversity Company, De Beers, WWF-SA, Conservation South Africa, Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme, etc.

TARGETED AUDIENCE: The targeted audience for the Indaba includes representatives from all South African business sectors. The Indaba is relevant to CEOs, financial, sustainability and risk managers, supply chain and corporate social responsibility directors, environmental economists, leading academics, professional advisors, sustainability leaders, natural capital experts, government officials, financiers, and other influencers.

Delegates at the 2015 Indaba highlighted the need to bring the “unconverted” into the biodiversity mainstreaming conversation. We are acting on this by offering attendees a discount for registering a fellow delegate who did not attend the 2015 Indaba. It is our hope that this attracts an audience balanced with old and new faces giving us the opportunity to drive the biodiversity mainstreaming agenda more widely. See below for details.

REGISTRATION: Submit your registration ASAP, as seats are limited, by filling in the attachedregistration document and sending to Michael Adams, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Early bird registration closes on 30 September and registration closes on 14 October.

2016 Indaba Registration Fees (incl. VAT)

  Early Bird fee – by end Sept Regular fee – by 14 Oct
Per person for full conference R1600 R1800
“Bring a new friend” discounted pp rate* R1400 R1600
Per person for one day only R900 R1000
* attendees who register a second person who was not at last year’s Indaba (both attendees will pay this discounted rate).

SPONSORSHIP: Sponsorship opportunities exist for those organisations that wish to have their names associated with South Africa’s premier sustainability and business event. For more information on our variety of prime sponsorship opportunities please contact Michael (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or myself (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at 011 372 3600.

“Look out for an email in the coming weeks presenting the 2016 Indaba agenda!”

We invite you to attend the 9th IWRS, taking place from 12-16 September 2016 in Namibia. This symposium will focus on the potential of wildlife, to not only lead to the conservation of the natural environment, but also to contribute significantly to the welfare of indigenous communities. In this way we can optimize biodiversity, the conservation of wildlife and encourage and support rural communities to create more long-term, sustainable wildlife ranches and conservancies.

This is also a perfect opportunity to tour the beautiful country of Namibia before or after the symposium!

The 9th IWRS will consist of two plenary sessions and the following elective specialist streams:

  1. Wildlife Management
  2. Non-consumptive use of Wildlife
  3. Consumptive use of Wildlife
  4. 2nd African Buffalo Symposium

We have already received excellent abstracts from local and international speakers. Should you be interested in giving a presentation, please submit abstracts for consideration urgently.

We are looking forward to welcome you to Namibia!

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Media Release – 30 June 2016

The 18th National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awards Gala Dinner was held in Gauteng on Thursday, 30 June 2016. Contributions to excellence in science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation were awarded and celebrated in the followingbroad areas:

  • Scientific researchCapacity building in engineering and research
  • Research leading to innovation
  • Scientific contributions towards environmental sustainability
  • Management of SET and innovation
  • Science communication
  • And a Special Annual Theme Award for Crop Science and Food Security

SA needs to develop new products, technologies and services: As previously stated by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s science mission is to create wealth, thereby creating jobs and eradicating poverty. Its success depends on our ability as a nation to develop new products, technologies and services.

About the awards, the NSTF and the outstanding contributions from scientists, engineers and other SET professionals: The NSTF-South32 Awards is the flagship project of the NSTF, the most representative multi-stakeholder non-profit forum in South Africa promoting science and technology through collaborative effort. The awards are a showcase of the research and development capacity of our nation. The outstanding contributions of the Awardees to SET and innovation generate hope for the advancement of our country and the social upliftment of all people in South Africa.

What makes these awards special: The national NSTF-South32 Awards are the largest SET and innovation awards in South Africa and they were also the first science awards in the country. The focus is on spreading information about SET to the public, which includes the year-long engagement programme with students and learners called the ‘Share ‘n Dare’ Programme. The NSTF Awards were the first scientific awards in the country to run this type of initiative.Award winners: The awards were presented by the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, who is also the patron of the event. She celebrated along with almost 600 guests and over 40 different organisations from the broader community. Details of the award finalists, including the winners’ work are available online in the Who’s Whoof SET and innovation in SA booklet that is published to honour the finalists competing for the prestigious NSTF-South32 Awards. The booklet is also meant to list the skills complement critical for the development and socio-economic growth of South Africa.

The NSTF and its sponsors take pride in congratulating the 2015/2016 NSTF-South32 Awardwinners!

These are all awards for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation by teams, organisations and individuals…

Prof. Bert Klumperman
Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science, Stellenbosch University (SU
Lifetime Award

Prof. David Kenneth Berger
Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Pretoria
Special Annual Theme Award: Crop Science and Food Security, in honour of the 2016 International Year of Pulses, as declared by the United Nations (sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology - DST)

Prof. Crick Lund
Director: Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Health, University of Cape Town (UCT)
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for research and its outputs over a period of up to 15 years after award of a PhD or equivalent by an individual -  by an individual (two awards).


Prof. Bhekisipho Twala
Director: Institute for Intelligent Systems, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Statistical Sciences, University of Johannesburg
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for research and its outputs over a period of up to 15 years after award of a PhD or equivalent by an individual

Prof. Sue Harrison
Director: Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research, DST/National Research Foundation (NRF) Chair: South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), Bioprocess Engineering, UCT
For Engineering capacity development over the last 5-10 years - 2 awards (sponsored by Eskom)


Prof. Thokozani Majoz
DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Sustainable Process Engineering, School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand
For Engineering capacity development over the last 5-10 years (sponsored by Eskom)

Prof. Peter Dunsby
Professor of Cosmology and Co-Director: Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, UCT
For Research capacity development over the last 5-10 years

Dr Tolu Oni
Head of Department and Director: School of Public Health and Family Medicine, UCT
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for Emerging researchers by an individual (Post-docs in a period of up to 6 years after award of a PhD or equivalent in research) - two awards (prizes sponsored by proSET – sector of the NSTF representing Professional Bodies and Learned Societies)


Dr Sudesh Sivarasu
Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering, UCT
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for Emerging researchers by an individual (Post-docs in a period of up to 6 years after award of a PhD or equivalent in research) - (prizes sponsored by proSET) 

Dr Suprakas Sinha Ray
Chief Researcher and Director: Polymer Nanocomposites, DST-Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Nanotechnology Innovation Centre; and National Centre for Nano-structured Materials, CSIR
For Management and related SET activities over the past 5-10 years

Mondi Ecological Networks Programme
Team Leader: Prof. Michael Samways, Distinguished Professor and Academic Principal, Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, SU
NSTF-GreenMatter Award towards achieving biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy (sponsored by GreenMatter)

Prof. Jan Smit
Manager: Science Centre, North-West University
For Communication for outreach and creating awareness

Advanced Casting Technologies, CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing
Research Group Leader: Dr Gonasagren Govender
Research leading to innovation by a team or individual through a Corporate organisation

Umvoto Africa (Pty) Ltd
Managing Director: Ms Rowena Hay
Research leading to innovation by a team or individual through a Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise

Chief Executive Officer: Mr Jonathan Naidoo
Non-Governmental Organisation over the last 5-10 years including technology transfer and education/training activities

The winners were awarded with state-of-the-art trophies, manufactured through additive manufacturing (industrial 3D laser printing) with advanced materials (titanium), a first in SA and possibly the world. View the video on the story behind the making of the trophy.

Ms Jansie Niehaus
Executive Director and Spokesperson

NSTF, the non-profit stakeholder body for all SET and innovation organisations in South Africa

View the complete announcement

Northern Gauteng Senior Science Fair needs judges to apply to judge on 12 August 2015 from 13:00-18:00 at the UP Sports Center in all categories.

For more information and to register online, please go to!judge,welcome and!judge,register

Recognising, celebrating and rewarding excellence in science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa.

 Finalists for the highly-acclaimed NSTF Awards in partnership with South 32 for 2015/2016 have been selected.

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation for researchers and other SET-related professionals. This includes experienced scientists, engineers, innovators, science communicators, research and engineering capacity builders, organisational managers/leaders, and research managers.

The NSTF Awards is referred to as the ‘Science Oscars’ of South Africa, as it is the largest, most comprehensive, and most sought-after national Awards of its kind. It was also the first science awards in the country. This year’s NSTF Awards proudly present the following new features:

  • The Capacity Development Awards now include Awards for Engineering Capacity Development. Eskom’s sponsorship will support two awards, one male and one female, in capacity development in the engineering space. The NSTF will make one additional award for capacity development in other disciplines.
  • The NSTF is making a special award for a contribution in Crop Science and Food Security this year, in honour of the 2016 International Year of Pulses, as declared by the United Nations.
  • The Non-governmental organisation (NGO) category was changed previously to include technology transfer and education/training contributions to SET. The broader scope opens up the NSTF Awards to a wider range of organisations and allows for recognition of social innovation efforts. This would include worthy projects run by professional bodies. Just please note that professional bodies as such (as entities) are not considered in this category.

It is an extraordinary honour to be an Awards finalist; also given the quality of the nominations received, the fierce competition that nominees face, and growing interest from the community every year.

Read more on this anouncement.

Best practise in water conservation and dam management 

Venue: Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg
Date: 22 & 23 June 2016 

Confirmed Speakers

Wietsche Roets
Specialist Scientist: In-Stream Water Use

Celiwe Ntuli
Deputy Chief Engineer

Stephen Mallory

Pramod Sinha
Former Civil Engineer DWA, Currently Senior Lecturer

Dumisani Gubuza
Executive Manager: Water Demand Management & Policies

Sandile Mkhize
Chief Operations Officer

Yusuf Abramjee

Yaseen Theba

Neighbouring Perspective

Namu Mangisi
Principal Hydrogeologist

Bogadi Mathengwane
Deputy Director: Water Resource & Management

Ts’iu Khathibe
Delegate of Government - Lesotho

International Perspective

The Impact Of Changing Climate On Water Resources Of South Asia: Case Studies From Indian Himalayan Region

Rajesh Kumar

Academic Coordinator Ph.D. Programme Department of Environmental Science School of Basic Sciences and Research

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The process of reconstituting the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions has been completed. View the new Council.
If you are final year Natural Science student, you can enroll at SACNASP. View more information.