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ASSAf – SAYAS Young Scientist Conference Announcement and Call for Abstracts

Deadline – 13 July 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) and the Organisation for Women in Science for Developing World – South Africa National Chapter (OWSD-SANC) will be hosting the Annual Young Scientists’ Conference on 13 – 14 September 2018.

ASSAf, together with its partners, is seeking young scientists based in South Africa to participate in this conference. This multilateral conference will provide a platform for scientific exchange among senior and young scientists in addressing corruption which continues to hamper efforts aimed at promoting democratic governance, socio-economic transformation, peace and security, and the enjoyment of human rights on the African continent.

 

SAYAS Food Security and Policy Workshop

SAYAS sought 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 sought 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 hosted this workshop in partnership with the Mauritius Academy of Science and Tanzania Academy of Science. It was held in April 2018 in Gauteng.

Funding for the workshop was 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

 

SAYAS Member wins the 2017 TWAS-ROSSA Regional young scientist prize

Dr Cletos Mapiye won the 2017 TWAS-ROSSA Regional young scientist prize in Agriculture and Food security. Dr Mapiye is a Senior Lecturer, Meat Science, Department of Animal Sciences at Stellenbosch University.

The prize is awarded to an outstanding young scientist who has made significant contributions to research, development and capacity building to improve sustainability of food and agricultural systems, food security and poverty reduction in the developing world. The prize is aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal #2: end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. It is also linked with the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA) 2024 priority area 1, which is eradication of hunger and achieving food security. The prize has a Usd 2, 0000 cash award. Congratulations Cletos!

 

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