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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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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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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 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..



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