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WHAT IS SACNASP?

SACNASP is the legislated regulatory body for natural science practitioners in South Africa. The natural sciences encompass a wide range of scientific fields covering all of the basic sciences and many of their applied derivatives. For a complete list of the current fields of practise recognised by SACNASP

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2022 South African Statistical Association Annual Conference (Both In-Person & Hybrid option available)
28 November 2022

THE SOUTH AFRICAN STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION WORKSHOP

This workshop in Bayesian statistics is aimed to provide industry researchers (statisticians as well as domain experts), academicians and students working in medicine and healthcare with an introduction to the topic along with some specific examples and use cases from the pharmaceutical industry. The workshop will focus on translating historical data, for example, from previously conducted randomized clinical trials into informative priors for the parameters of interest which can then be used in the design and analysis of future trials. This approach of ~Bayesian-Borrowing is gaining interest particularly for investigations in rare diseases and for medical devices. We will discuss a common problem of Prior-Data conflict in this setting and methodologies to control borrowing from historical data in the presence of a conflict. We will also be discussing a recently conducted trial COVID vaccine trial that was conducted in the Bayesian framework. The workshop will conclude with a hands-on session implementing a Bayesian design using the open-source R software. Participants are encouraged to install R and the following packages on their laptops prior to attending the workshop: ggplot2, RBesT, parallel, mcmc, mvtnorm, rstan, rstanarm.
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Events

31 August 2022

The Young Science Communicator’s Competition

Tell your science story! The Young Science Communicator’s Competition challenges you as a young scientist to tell your science story in a captivating, informative and interesting way. The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) invite you to participate in the 2022 edition of the Young Science Communicator’s Competition.
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News

29 August 2022

POSTGRADUATE STUDY IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AT STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY, SOUTH AFRICA

Science managers, policymakers and funders, and researchers themselves, increasingly recognise the value and importance of strategic and effective public communication of science, including targeted engagement and dialogue with society. Consequently, there is a growing need for science communication professionals who are able to take on the challenges and complexities of science and society engagements, as well as a new generation of researchers who can help to build an evidence base for effective science communication in specific contexts.
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