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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. 

The conference will include a Round-Table Discussion focusing on Transformation towards Sex and Gender Equality in Africa on the evening of 6 October 2016. This event is open to the public. 

Human rights are inherent rights of all human beings regardless of nationality, sex, race, religion, language or any other status. In South Africa, the Bill of Rights forms the cornerstone of democracy. The Bill of Rights enshrines the rights of all people in South Africa and affirms the democratic values and principles of human dignity, equality and freedom. In order to achieve these values in South Africa and in the African continent in general, citizens have to promote and respect the culture of human rights. In addition, they should promote the protection, development and attainment of human rights. 

Date:                  6 & 7 October 2016
Time:                  08:00
Venue:                Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, Boksburg
Enquiries:           Edith Shikumo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) celebrates its 20th year as official academy of South Africa this year.  ASSAf was inaugurated in May 1996. It was formed in response to the need for an Academy of Science consonant with the dawn of democracy in South Africa: activist in its mission of using science and scholarship for the benefit of society, with a mandate encompassing all scholarly disciplines that use an open-minded and evidence-based approach to build knowledge.

ASSAf thus adopted in its name the term 'science' in the singular as reflecting a common way of enquiring rather than an aggregation of different disciplines. Its Members are elected on the basis of a combination of two principal criteria, academic excellence and significant contributions to society. 

The Parliament of South Africa passed the Academy of Science of South Africa Act (Act 67 of 2001), which came into force on 15 May 2002. This made ASSAf the only academy of science in South Africa officially recognised by government and representing the country in the international community of science academies and elsewhere.

For more on the history of ASSAf 

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