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Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor, who has used science and technology to support development in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, has been chosen by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to receive the 2016 Award for Science Diplomacy.

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The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office of sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) announced the winner of its annual Regional Young Scientists’ award.

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Representatives from African countries are gathering in Mauritius next week to deliberate on measures to counteract Africa’s vulnerability to the impact of climate change and the importance of scientific evidence to enable society to understand and respond to climate change threats.

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in collaboration with the Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and a range of other organisations, is hosting a communication event to introduce a policymakers’ booklet on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in Africa. The event will be held on 4 and 5 July 2016 in Mauritius and will be attended by some 60 representatives.

Africa is the most vulnerable continent regarding the impact of climate change and faces innumerable development challenges that are expected to be exacerbated by projected climate changes. Of concern is the direct reliance of a significant proportion of the population on natural resources, particularly, in arable and pastoral agricultural practices, but also through fishing and harvesting of natural vegetation for shelter, fuel, medicines and crafts. Present issues related to food and water security, health and safety are likely to be compounded by projected climate changes. At the same time, populations continue to grow, placing additional stress on resources.

Tcombat climate change effectively, mitigation and societies’ adaptation to existing climate changes are crucial and need to be integrated into multi-sectorial policies and macro-economic frameworks for these issues to be adequately addressed. The focus must lie on informed, forward-thinking policies that integrate the best understandings of regional risks and vulnerabilities, together with local understandings of the environmental context and cultural needs. The African continent should determine its needs and capacities to tackle climate change impacts and adaptation and plan for sustainable adaptation to realistic future climate change scenarios.

The advisory booklet aims to assess the status and makes recommendations for African governments to consider when dealing with climate change and resilience in Africa. It focuses on why climate change adaptation and resilience is crucial for Africa and provides guidance on effective policy responses for climate change adaptation. It also conveys key messages on addressing the climate change impact through targeted policy actions and interventions specific to water, agriculture and food security, fisheries, coastal and urban zones, and human health.

The communication event will also provide opportunities to bring to the fore perspectives of young scientists, applying a youth lens, as well as considering the vulnerabilities of children to the impact of climate change. A gender lens will also be applied to climate change in accordance with the objectives of the international programme on Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE), which is a part sponsor of the event. ASSAf is the southern African focal point for GenderInSITE.

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) celebrates its 20th year as official academy of South Africa this year.

 

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Requirements

  • 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.

2016 South African Women In Science Awards

Theme: Women’s Empowernment And Its Link To Sustainable Development

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2016 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA).  The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women.  The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

The theme for the 2016 WISA is Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development, which is the 2016 priority theme for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).

Awards in the distinguished women and distinguished young women researcher categories will be made for research that responds to the theme within the fields of Physical and Engineering Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences.  However, the DST Fellowships and TATA Scholarships are not restricted to the theme.

There is a special category within the theme which will award research and innovation (R&I) leading to demonstrable socio-economic impact and/or the empowerment of women.

The 2016 WISA will be presented on 11 August 2016 as part of the Department's celebration of Women's Month.

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Nomination Procedure

Nominations and applications on the attached form should reach the Department of Science and Technology by Friday, 3 June 2016.  No late nominations and applications will be accepted. Nominations and applications should be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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17–18 May 2016, Johannesburg

Call for papers

Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers, in English. The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words.

Authors will be required to register for the conference and present their papers.

Key Dates

31 July 2015 Submission of abstracts
15 August 2015 Acceptance of abstracts
30 October 2015 Submission of papers
17–18 May 2016 Conference

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