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THEME: LEVERAGING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION TO ENHANCE INCLUSIVE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2018 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA). The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women. The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

The theme for the 2018 WISA is leveraging science, technology and innovation to enhance inclusive growth and development. This theme is adapted from the 2018 priority theme for the 6th BRICS science technology and innovation (STI) Ministerial meeting, which will be hosted by South Africa in July 2018.

Awards in the distinguished woman and distinguished young woman researcher categories will be made for research that responds to the theme in the fields of Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Astronomy. However, the DST Fellowships and TATA Scholarships are not restricted to the theme.

Awards will also be made to a category on Research and Innovation (R&I) leading to a demonstrable contribution in enhancing inclusive growth and development.

Please see the full brief below:

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

The meeting will take place from 24 to 29 June 2018 and a record number of 43 Nobel Laureates are expected to attend. Some 600 young scientists were selected from 84 countries to participate in the meeting which is dedicated to physiology and medicine.

ASSAf as the official partner of the Lindau Foundation and with funding from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) annually nominates young scientists to attend the Lindau Laureate meetings which are designed as a forum for exchange, networking and inspiration. 

The young scientists are: Dr Eileen Thomas, Stellenbosch University; Ms Zimkhita Soji, University of Fort Hare; Ms Edith Phalane, North-West University; Ms Blessing Ahiante, North-West University; Dr Bianca Verlinden, University of Pretoria and Ms Shireen Mentor, University of the Western Cape.

Successful scientists are outstanding students, graduate students and postdoctoral students under 35 years of age, conducting research in the field of physiology and medicine. They were selected after a multi-stage international selection process and represent more than 200 scientific institutes, universities, foundations and research-oriented companies from research nations.

 The selected young scientists may expect a six-day programme with numerous lectures and panel discussions. Many see the chance to present their own research work at one of the master classes or at the poster session as a special opportunity.

“This summer we will once again welcome the next generation of top researchers. I find it remarkable that we will bring together more than 80 nations in Lindau and in so doing will not only be able to enjoy an intensive exchange between generations but also one that crosses national boundaries,” says Countess Bettina Bernadotte, President of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. “It is particularly gratifying that 50 per cent of the young scientists are women.”

ASSAf Executive Officer, Prof Roseanne Diab, also welcomed the all-female group of excellent young scientists who will represent South Africa at the prestigious meeting. “ASSAf is committed to promoting women in science activities and highlighting the importance of applying a gender lens in activities that it undertakes. The Lindau Nobel Laureate programme presents a unique opportunity for young women to meet and interact with Nobel Laureates,” she says.

More information

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SACNASP hereby attaches and gives notice of the draft revision to the Code of Conduct of the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions. SACNASP hereby invites any interested persons or institutions to submit written comments or representations or submissions with regard to the proposed revised code of conduct within 30 days of the date of this publication of this notice (16 February 2018). All comments or representations or submissions must be submitted to Mrs Sarah van Aardt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 16 March 2018.

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After yet another long year of painstaking work, persistence and endless hours of blood, sweat and tears, there is nothing sweeter than getting recognition for all your sacrifices. Now is your chance to do just that.

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is hosting its 20th annual Awards event, the prestigious NSTF-South32 Awards. These awards are the largest and most prestigious of their kind, with a focus on honouring and celebrating outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology(SET) and innovation in South Africa.  The Honourable Minister of Science and Technology is also the Patron of the Awards and has been for at least a decade.

The NSTF-South32 Awards are unique in that:

  • They are open to all
  • The process and event are collaborative
  • An integral part is youth outreach
  • They recognise both individuals and teams, as well as organisations
  • They include engineering as a field within the sciences

As the flagship event of the NSTF these awards provide an amazing opportunity for our members to showcase their unique and excellent talent and their extraordinary contributions in:

  • Scientific research
  • Technological innovation
  • Environmental sustainability/Green economy
  • Technology transfer
  • Education and training
  • Capacity building
  • Management
  • Communication and outreach

As an NSTF member organisation, we would like to give you one last chance to give someone in your organisation the pat on the back that they will never forget.

Seize this opportunity to display your organisation’s unique achievements by nominating an individual, team or an organisation that you believe deserves recognition for their astounding works and excellence in the SET and innovation environment.

Visit http://www.nstf.org.za/awards/nominations/nominate-someone-now/ to nominate someone now.

WATER ACCELERATOR: OPEN CALL

Innovative Water & Sanitation Technologies and Solutions Contributing to the objectives of the Research Development and Deployment (RDD) programme of the National Water Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap

The Water Technologies Demonstration Programme (WADER) invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from technology developers/vendors in response to the annual WADER Water Accelerator Call focusing on technologies/solutions that would contribute to key objectives of the National Water Roadmap.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in collaboration with the Water Research Commission (WRC), has established WADER to pull together the applied research and development and commercialisation stages of the water innovation continuum. Acting as an innovation intermediary, the Programme’s mission is to facilitate high-level, collaborative technology demonstrators from the public and private sectors to maximise the potential of the water innovation value chain.

The objective of the WADER Water Accelerator is to promote the early adoption of promising technologies and accelerate innovation in the water sector by showcasing technologies that have gone through a credible assessment process. Through a series of open calls for water technologies - which are in the emerging, pre-commercial or newly commercialised stages of diffusion - innovative water and sanitation technologies will be identified, evaluated and showcased to various interested parties such as municipalities and industry.

The National Water Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap provides a structured framework to focus the contribution of RDI activity to the implementation of national policy, strategy and planning in water resources management in South Africa. This has been achieved by means of a National Water Research, Development, and Deployment (RDD) Programme focused on: delivery of at least one breakthrough technology every five years; increasing the number of small and medium sized enterprises operating in the water sector; increasing access to water for rural communities, including provision of sanitation for all in a sustainable manner resulting in significant economic, health, social and environmental benefits.

The RDI Roadmap can be found on the WRC website (www.wrc.org.za, Knowledge Hub/Research Report-search using keywords “National RDI Roadmap”. User Login registration is required to access the report, No. 2305/1/15)

The call is looking to identify highly innovative technologies and practices in the following categories:

  1. Water related alternative energy sources
  2. Alternative sources of water
  3. Non-Revenue Water
  4. Water Reuse (Industrial/Domestic Wastewater/Greywater/Mine Water)
  5. Innovative low energy technologies to store/or treat water at households and local scales.
  6. Innovative decentralised low energy sanitation systems.
  7. Smart Water Conservation Demand Management (WCDM) devices for commercial buildings and/or households.
  8. Smart apps to support behavioural change and practice for consumers and their municipalities.
  9. Smart technologies to manage water distribution and sewerage systems.

The intention of this annual accelerator call is to identify and ultimately showcase innovative water and sanitation technologies and solutions that will contribute to achieving the objectives of the RDD programme. Submissions should provide sustainable water and sanitation solutions to urban, peri-urban and/or rural areas and take into account operational effectiveness, social preferences, water resource availability, affordability, possible beneficiation of waste products, economies of scale and cost reductions.

Requirements

The proposer should demonstrate the underlying scientific principles behind the technology, provide the rationale supporting design features, fabrication and implementation costs, operations and maintenance requirements, level of readiness for operation, target location (rural, peri-urban and/or urban), and detail any previous demonstrations/implementation (number of units installed, performance metrics, location, scale, partners, performance outputs).

Preference will be given to those solutions that are in the emerging, pre-commercial or newly commercialised stages of diffusion. Please note that the WADER platform is new with limited budget hence the focus of the call is on highly innovative solutions and NOT CONVENTIONAL AND ESTABLISHED TECHNOLOGIES.

Inclusion of a marketing and communications plan, human capital development and potential for SMME development in the proposal will add value.

The EOI should be concise and include diagrams and photos. Requirements for the EOI can be obtained from the WADER website (www.wader.org.za).

EOI’s in PDF format must be emailed by no later than Thursday, 15 February 2018 by the close of business (16h00). Late applications will not be considered.

Contact

Email Subject Title: WADER Water Accelerator Proposal
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Queries: Dr Manjusha Sunil
Phone: 012 330 9010/083 286 8238

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