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Nominations for New SAYAS Member 2018

The Call for 2018 New members is OPEN

The South African Young Academy of Science seeks to elect the country’s leading emerging researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities. In addition to their demonstrated research excellence, candidates should also be able to show an ongoing commitment to improving South African science through engagement in community development, capacity building and mentoring activities.

This process is conducted annually. Do find the relevant documents below.

SAYAS Call for New Member Nominations Letter 2018 –Access Letter here
SAYAS New Member Nomination Form 2018 –Access Form here
SAYAS – Background Information

Note: The Deadline for Applications is 14 May 2018

 

SAYAS Symposium 2018

The proposed Theme for the 2018 Symposium is: ‘Science and (un)certainty: Exploring Science, Knowledge production, Communication and Uptake in a post-truth world’. It aims to create a space for meaningful engagement with the on-going discussions in our institutions of higher learning and spilling into the public space. This engagement is concerned with the position of science and of knowledge creation as either a hindrance or a transformative initiative and of the need for certainty in a post-truth world. Following the #Sciencemustfall and #Feesmustfall movements in the country, discussions have been held by academics and students surrounding the varying sentiments raised. We believe that there is a need for an inclusive and non-confrontational space to explore what Science is and its different interpretations, explore varying bodies of knowledge creation and the current decolonising dilemma.

It will be held in March 2018 in Port Elizabeth

Symposiums, as an ongoing project of SAYAS, aim at providing an opportunity for networking among young scientists and with other thinkers and practitioners whose work is inspired by, or rooted in, science. We take a broad understanding of science, to include multiple disciplines including the natural sciences, social sciences, music and the arts.

Funding for the symposium has been provided by the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust

This is a closed meeting on invitation only

 

SAYAS Food Security and Policy Workshop

SAYAS is seeking to engage with various partners in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in order to link young scientists and early career researchers to policy makers (and making) in order to strengthen the science-policy interface through a symbiotic relationship. It is hoped that such a relationship will better inform policies and assessments; at the same time, identify gaps and shortfalls in achievement of set goals so as to utilise science to find solutions. This engagement also seeks to challenge young scientists to gear their research to be more responsive to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by ensuring the accessibility of evidence-based ‘research.

Food security concerns are encapsulated within the SDGs, particularly 1, 2, 3, 4 and 12 that respectively deal with no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education and responsible consumption and production.

SAYAS is hosting this workshop in partnership with the Mauritius Academy of Science and Tanzania Academy of Science. It will be held in April 2018 in Gauteng. The Programme can be accessed here

Funding for the workshop has been provided by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)-Carnegie project small grants scheme on ‘Harnessing science engineering and mathematics (SEM) to meet Africa’s challenges and the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust

This is a closed meeting on invitation only

 

 

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