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  • Academy development highlighted
    Academy development in southern Africa enjoyed high-level attention at a joint ministerial meeting and workshop in Swaziland recently. Some 50 delegates from 15 Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries attended the Joint Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Education and Training, Science Technology and Innovation on 20 and 21 June 2017.
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  • Multimorbidity burden addressed in reports
    The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences have launched two reports (synopsis and proceedings) and an animation on multimorbidity in South Africa. Throughout the world, as life expectancy increases, the population incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is also increasing. In addition, communicable diseases continue to affect millions of people every year. 
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  • Southern Africa: the promise of science diplomacy
    The border-jumping Ebola outbreak and development of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope prove science diplomacy is essential for Africa. A workshop in Namibia, co-organised by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), explored the challenges and the rich potential.
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  • Workshop on Gender Monitoring in Science
    Twelve of the 15 Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries were represented at a regional workshop to determine progress in gender monitoring and evaluation in science, technology and innovation (STI).
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  • Young scientists introduced to Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
    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 was held on 11 – 12 May 2017
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  • Regulatory Implications of Breeding Techniques Examined
    A workshop on the regulatory implications of new breeding techniques and their relevance to the South African biotechnology sector was held in Pretoria on 20 June 2017. The workshop followed a consensus study recently released by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).
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