South African Young Academy of Science

Opportunities for Young Scientists


68th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting in Physiology/Medicine

Call for Nominations – 68th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting in Physiology/Medicine

Deadline for sending nominations is 1 November 2017

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is seeking candidates to participate in the 2018 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting to be held from 24 to 29 June 2018 in Lindau, Germany. The 68th Meeting of Nobel Laureates will be dedicated to Physiology or Medicine.

The meeting will be attended by 40 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine and about 600 highly-talented young scientists from across the world.


Eligible applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to the fields of Physiology or Medicine, closely related disciplines or interdisciplinary work. All nominated participants should meet the following criteria in order to participate:

  1. Applications are open to early-career South African citizens or permanent resident students and researchers comprising a mix of (5) Masters and doctoral students; and (5) postdoctoral students.

Specific qualifications for the Masters and doctoral students are:

(i) Masters and doctoral students, who show excellent academic accomplishments and show evidence of very good research work and/or are in medical clinical training.

(ii) Post-doctoral scientists, who have 2-3 years of postdoctoral experience and have published their own scientific research in peer-reviewed journals, preferably as first author, and have presented their work at international scientific meetings.

  1. Applicants must be 35 years or younger at the time of the meeting.
  2. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding academic accomplishments.
  3. Applicants should be able to communicate in English, and have the desire to participate in discussions.
  4. Applicants should not hold a permanent position (scientists with permanent positions, in particular a professorship, will not be considered).
  5. Applicants should not have participated in previous Lindau meetings.
  6. Applicants should commit themselves to be present for the full duration of the meeting.

Applications should be sent to:

Applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. Completed application form (incomplete forms will not be considered). Access form here
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. At least two letters of recommendation/reference from a head of department or supervisor (or a higher position). These letters of recommendation form the most important component during the evaluation stage and it is recommended to provide compelling references.


-Further communications and guidelines will be given to the shortlisted applicants.

-Nomination does not necessarily mean attendance, as the final selection of the participants will be done by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Council and Foundation.

-For more information on the Meetings of Nobel Laureates in Lindau please visit

– South African applicants should however direct all applications to the address listed below.

-The successful candidates will receive a travel grant to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting from ASSAf which covers return air ticket, ground transport, visa costs, accommodation and meals for the participant only for the duration of the meeting.

Deadline for sending nominations is 1 November 2017.

For any queries please contact: Edith Shikumo: Tel: +27(0)12 349 6614 Email:


GYA Membership –Call for Members

Global Young Academy (GYA) Membership –Call for Members

Online application for GYA membership 2018 is open!!

Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact.

Research fields: The call is open to all scholars working in any research-based discipline, including the sciences, medicine, engineering, social sciences, the arts and humanities.

Excellence: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of excellence in their discipline.

Impact: The Global Young Academy is committed to a broad range of programmes around the world to support young scholars, promote science to a broad audience, engage in policy debate, and foster international and interdisciplinary collaboration. Applicants should provide evidence of interest or experience in one or more of these areas.

Age/career point: Applicants should be in the early years of their independent careers. The majority of the GYA’s members are aged 30-40 and the typical period from completion of a PhD or similar degree is 3-10 years. Applicants falling significantly outside these ranges may be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Applications must be submitted by 11pm UTC, Sunday 24 September 2017

Access more information and relevant Application Forms here:


OWSD Membership –Call for Members

Call for Members

The Organisation for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD) -South African National Chapter is hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). It was inaugurated in 2009 and is made up of a group of OWSD International members in South Africa who aim to increase and promote female participation in Science and Technology (S&T) professions, in scientific leadership, and in decision-making processes at the national level.

Full Membership: Is open to women scientists or technologists who have completed a Masters degree or higher in the sciences, engineering or related fields and who are committed to the objectives of the organisation, from developing and developed countries.

Associate Membership: Comprises men and women who have completed a Master’s degree or higher in science, technology, social sciences or humanities at a recognised university and who are committed to the objectives of the Organisation.

Affiliate Members: Are women scientists who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the sciences, engineering or related fields and who are committed to the objectives of the Organisation.

How to Join: Membership Application Process

To become a member of OWSD, you simply register on the OWSD International website ( Register at Registration will require your updated curriculum vitae, list of publications where possible or available, your passport size photo and other information. Your information will be used for OWSD-related activities only. All persons who register should receive an automatic message that states: As an OWSD member you are also invited to join the National Chapter of your country. Full lists of OWSD National Chapters and the OWSD members in your region are available on our website at:

2nd Women in Science Without Borders Conference Indaba, 21-23 March, 2018

Call for Abstracts

The 2nd Women in Science Without Borders Conference will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa

During this WISWB conference, besides technical presentations, there will also be a focus explicitly on the role women play in influencing positive outcomes within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ecosystem as, amongst others, thought leaders and mentors, researchers, educators and policy makers.

The Call for Abstracts is open and closes on 13 October 2017 (Friday). Access link: where instructions/guidelines related to the submission process are already available.


AGNES Grant for Junior Researchers - supported by AvH and BMBF

Call Open -AGNES Grant for Junior Researchers – supported by AvH and BMBF

The Call for Nominations for the “AGNES Grant for Junior Researchers” in 2017 is now open. AGNES is offering a total of 10 grants to recent doctoral graduates (sub-Saharan African nationals); these grants are funded through a joint initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

The AGNES Grant for Junior Researchers aims to strengthen the scientific capacity in Africa through active co-operation of AGNES members. It further supports the alumni of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in their efforts towards coaching and mentoring high potential junior researchers, helping them to access international networks of scientific excellence (e.g. AvH and BMBF).

The Call for Nominations will close on 29 September 2017 at 23h00 South African time. Late submissions will not be considered.

Access more information here

SA Science Lens competition

Shoot and share science! Show us science in our everyday lives, or share your photos of scientific research. Capture images that explain something about our world, or show something the human eye cannot see or simply capture the beauty and wonder of science. We’re inviting all and anyone with an enthusiasm for science, professional and amateur photographers and scientists, and science communicators to participate.


Find information on the SAASTA website at The closing date for entries is 10 November 2017. Entries will be accepted either by email to with the attached entry form, or online.

This year there are four categories:

  • Science as Art
  • Science Close-Up
  • Science in Action
  • Science of South Africa

The prizes are enticing, with R 10,000 going to the winners of each category and R 5,000 to the runners up of each category.