South African Young Academy of Science

Policy Influence


a. ASSAf Standing Committees

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is mandated to provide evidence‐based scientific advice on issues of public interest to government and other stakeholders. Science policy which is concerned with the allocation of resources for the conduct of science towards the goal of best serving the public interest is therefore a key ongoing activity. ASSAf’s science advisory activities are guided by its Standing Committees, which provide strategic direction and guidance.

In tapping into the knowledge base provided by Young Scientists, ASSAf undertakes to involve some SAYAS members in various Standing Committees. These include:


SAYAS Member Standing Committee Objectives/Outcome
Dr Amanda Weltman STEM Committee Initiate, oversee and promote studies in STEM education.

Provide advice to government to inform policies on STEM education at all levels

Prof Voster Muchenje


AET Consensus Study The outcome of the consensus study is a high impact report which will provide evidenced-based information and clear recommendations to relevant stakeholders with an interest in an agricultural human capital development and knowledge system that drives (small) holder, farmer-led development initiatives and innovation in order to achieve commercial food production and increased productivity, food security, as well as economic growth and development
Prof Mpfariseni Budeli Humanities Committee To promote or advance the cause of the Humanities both within ASSAf and within relevant policy-making bodies (such as the National Department of Higher Education and Training, the National Planning Commission and the Department of Science and Technology).
Dr Tolullah Oni Steering Committee for the Joint Workshop on Multiple Morbidities This is a collaborative initiative between ASSAf and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences
Prof Bronwyn Myers Mental Healthcare of the Nation: Consensus Study (MNS) consensus study The study panel aims to:

i)              1. Provide baseline data on what is currently offered in South African training programmes of the different cadres of workers in the human resource mix for the delivery of integrated MNS disorder care using a task sharing model;

ii)             2. Map these data against core competencies identified at the Ugandan IOM meeting on candidate core competencies for MNS disorders;

iii)            3. Make recommendations for core competencies required of training programmes to the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), as well as other training and regulatory bodies.