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Recognising, celebrating and rewarding excellence in science, engineering, technology and innovation by individuals, teams and organisations in South Africa

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A send-off meeting to introduce five young South African scientists nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to attend the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will be held on 11-12 May 2017.

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Calling all final year Natural Science students, you are invited to enrol at SACNASP. You need to be in your final year of study at a South African university. Enrolment does not imply that you are registered with SACNASP, but you will have access to SACNASP's networks.


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Regulatory Control of New Genetic Engineering Technologies Scrutinised

A consultative workshop on the Regulatory Implications of New Genetic Engineering Technologies will be held on 11 October 2016 to inform a consensus study of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

Biotechnology is a dynamic field and technologies are continually advancing. A number of new genetic technologies have been developed since the implementation of the biosafety regulations for South Africa in 1997. Regulatory control of new technologies is a necessary and ongoing process to ensure that South African policy appropriately and adequately addresses biosafety requirements to ensure safe and sustainable products. It should also be ensured that regulatory requirements are appropriate to the technologies or products.

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The NSTF discussion forum on 8 March will provide a platform to unpack the possible negative impact of the Trump administration’s actions and policies on science and scientists. Read more

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Support for Zimbabwean Science Investigated

Scientists in the Zimbabwean diaspora with the state of science in that country at heart will meet with South African and Zimbabwean national academies this week to explore avenues of intervention and support for the Zimbabwean science community.

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), supported by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, is joining forces with the Zimbabwe Academy of Science (ZAS) and the Zimbabwe Young Academy of Science (ZIMYAS) on 14 September 2016 to identify ways to mobilise expatriates to contribute towards science and technology development in Zimbabwe.

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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.