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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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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 2016 Regional Young Scientists’ Conference will be held in Nigeria this week.

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office in sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) has partnered with the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) and the Nigerian Young Academy (NYA) to host the 2016 Regional Young Scientists’ Conference (RYSC). The conference will be held in Nigeria, Ikeja Lagos at the Sheraton Hotel from 23-24 August 2016.

The 2016 RYSC presents an opportunity for policymakers, stakeholders, professionals, experts, scholars, academics and researchers to deliberate on the main theme Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development in Africa within the Framework of the Agenda 2063. The objective of this conference is to disseminate the ideals of Agenda 2063 and to create a platform for relevant stakeholders (young professionals, academia, African development partners, etc.) to make their contributions towards an action plan aimed at setting practical road maps for the timely realisation of the agenda.

The sub-themes of the conference are: Building sustainable and resilient health systems; Multi-disciplinary collaboration/Cross-sector engagement in inclusive growth and sustainable development; Water and sanitation - water resources management; Sustainable developmental initiatives towards poverty alleviation; Sustainable agriculture and food security; Sustainable development with renewable energy; Africa’s contribution to global research and technology transfer; Promoting African technologies of global potentials; Industrialisation, infrastructure and inclusive growth and development; Mainstreaming women and youth as drivers of change and sustainable development; The role of the private sector in inclusive growth and sustainable development in Africa; Education in Africa: a springboard for social transformation; ICT and sustainable development; Migration and the challenge of social cohesion; and Financial institutions in Africa and the realisation of inclusive growth and sustainable development.

Since March 2015, TWAS-ROSSA has been hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). It is one of the five regional offices of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and has recently launched its website:

The regional office is a non-profit organisation that is open for collaboration. A donation to TWAS-ROSSA is welcome to directly support the advancement of science, engineering and technology in sub-Saharan Africa.

The hashtag for the conference is #RYSC16 and follow us on twitter: @TWAS_ROSSA. For more information contact Mr Kholani Mbhiza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


SACNASP requests urgent help from individual experts/scientists to be nominated as members of the evaluating team in the field of ecological science for confirmation of skills, qualifications and experience of the applicants for critical skills visa.


  • Needs to be registered with SACNASP as Professional Natural Scientist for at least 5 years
  • At least 8 years’ work experience in the relevant field

The experts will be remunerated for their time and effort in doing these assessments the time required is a maximum of 4 hours a month.  Please send an email  to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your registration details and a brief resume.

11 November 2015

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R30 Registration fee includes lunch and refreshments

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The Geological Society of South Africa
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TROPIMUNDO is an EC-funded and excellence-labeled Erasmus Mundus Masters Course in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems. We aim to bring together expert Higher Education Institutes (HEI), with long-standing worldwide expertise in tropical rainforests and woodlands and in tropical coastal ecosystems. TROPIMUNDO students are able to concentrate on botany, zoology and integrative ecosystem approaches in institutions worldwide in 2 Master years, of which an entire semester is spent in the tropics. Specialization is possible on the evolution of tropical flora and vegetation, on faunistic assemblages, on informatics tools to treat and manage biodiversity data and databases (bio-geographical, genetic, geographical information systems) including the management and conservation of historic collections such as herbarium sheets, on the study of diversity, dynamics and evolution of tropical and subtropical ecosystems (with a focus on four related systems, namely tropical rainforests and woodlands, mangrove forests, sea grass beds and coral reefs, including the interactions between flora, fauna, man and the environment within and between each of these adjacent ecosystems), on conservation and restoration ecology of natural habitats and their biodiversity including competences in sustainable management and governance of biodiversity, and finally, on tropical ethno-botany, exploitation and valorisation of natural resources and conservation of traditional ecological knowledge.


The call for 2016-2017 (with scholarships) is now open until 29 November 2015. Detailed information on TROPIMUNDO facts, conditions, procedures, deadlines, etc... is available in the online Information and Application Module.

Click here to get your personal link to the online Information and Application Module.

The SKA will be the largest radio astronomy facility in history, and one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world.

What you didn’t know about the SKA is:

  • The data collected by the SKA in a single day would take nearly two million years to playback on an ipod.
  • The SKA will be so sensitive that it will be able to detect an airport radar on a planet tens of light years away.
  • The SKA central computer will have the processing power of about one hundred million PCs.
  • The dishes of the SKA will produce10 times the global internet traffic.
  • The SKA will use enough optical fibre to wrap twice around the Earth!
  • The aperture arrays in the SKA could produce more than 100 times the global internet traffic.

For more about the SKA you are invited to join Dr. Adrian Tiplady, site bid manager of the multi-nation Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope for a free public talk!

TIME: 6:00pm for 6:30pm
DATE: 6 August 2015
VENUE: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre | Newtown | Johannesburg
RSVP: Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Neo on 011 639 8448


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.