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The role of professional councils in knowledge generation and the quality control of qualifications of professional scientists

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Register nominations online - deadline 11 December 2017

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Closing date: 29 September 2017


The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have taken a strategic decision to continue investing in and expanding activities in developing systems analysis. This type of research will play a pivotal role in solving global challenges and contributing to development. In collaboration with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Newton Fund (UK) – a component of which is managed by the British Council – the NRF is pleased to announce the third call for a three-year Doctoral scholarship in any field, but with a Systems Analysis methodology and approach being applied to the research topic.

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Applications must be submitted by 29 September 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

Contact details 

Ms Gugu Dube
Professional Officer Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD)
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Tel: +27 12 481 4169

For those enquiring regarding the UK co-supervised PhD opportunity:

Ms Anisa Khan
British Council Newton Fund Programme Manager
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Tel: +27 11 560 9312

As the effects of climate change continue to be felt around the world, particularly in Africa, ongoing research has become critical to mitigate its impacts. In response, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has committed to produce two reports on climate change for Cabinet as part of "Outcome 10: Protect and Enhance our Environmental Assets and Natural Resources" of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework.

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The country’s readiness to support the shale gas industry will come under the spotlight during a two-day conference scheduled to take place in Port Elizabeth from 31 August to 1 September.

Hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the conference aims to highlight critical national reports on shale gas in South Africa, analyse the regulatory environment, consolidate common findings and recommendations, and provide a platform for debate.

The ASSAf report, South Africa’s Technical Readiness to support the Shale Gas Industry, and the Department of Environmental Affairs report, Shale Gas Development in the Central Karoo: A Scientific Assessment of the Opportunities and Risks, will be highlighted.

The two-day event is expected to attract 150 key stakeholders from government, industry and academia. Delegates from other African countries and further abroad will also attend the conference.

The Director-General of Science and Technology, Dr Phil Mjwara, will address the opening session of the event on 31 August 2017.

Media are invited as follows:

Date:              31 August 2017
Time:             08:30
Venue:           Boardwalk Conference Centre

Six Members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) scooped awards at the prestigious National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awardsfor 2016/2017 announced on 29 June. Two of the six winners are ASSAf Council members.

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The process of reconstituting the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions has been completed. View the new Council.
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