The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) is the voice of young scientists in South Africa. SAYAS aims to contribute towards solutions to national and global challenges facing society; provide a platform for young scientists to influence policy decisions; contribute towards the development of scientific capacity in South Africa through mentoring and role-modeling of future scientists; and foster opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations amongst young scientists.
The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) was launched in 2011. The Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Derek Hanekom, inaugurated twenty leading young scientists as Founder Members of SAYAS at the launch. Subsequently, 10 additional members are elected into the Academy annually. SAYAS was borne out of the need for young scientists to contribute towards solutions to national and global challenges facing society. It represents the voice of young scientists in South Africa and provides a platform for young scientists to influence policy decisions. SAYAS has a very close relationship with the Academy of Science of South Africa and the Department of Science and Technology.
SAYAS governed by the General Assembly comprising all members of the young academy, an Executive Committee and a Board, the latter which provide strategic advice to the academy.
II. The General Assembly
The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body of SAYAS and makes final decisions on all matters affecting SAYAS
III. Executive Committee
Immediate Past Executive Committee