South African Young Academy of Science

PUBLICATIONS

ANNUAL ACTIVITY REPORT

This report reflects progress made towards achieving SAYAS goals and objectives in 2017.

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This report reflects progress made towards achieving SAYAS goals and objectives in 2016.

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This report reflects progress made towards achieving SAYAS goals and objectives in 2015.

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SAYAS STATEMENTS

These Statements reflect the collective thoughts of SAYAS Members on issues of importance not only to Young Scientists but also affecting the wider fabric of society.

1. View Statement on Social Determinants of Health drafted by SAYAS and other Young Academies of Science in Africa, November 2016. Access the Full Conference Statement here

2. View SAYAS Statement on The State of Higher Education 2016 Document

3. View SAYAS Statement on The State of Higher Education 2015 Document

4. View SAYAS Statement on Xenophobic attacks 2008  Document

PUBLICATIONS

Booklet: Research in SITE and Gender Round Table Report

SAYAS jointly co-hosted a Research in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (SITE) and Gender Roundtable together with the South African National Chapter of the Organisation for Women for the Developing World (OWSD-SANC) – hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and Durban University of Technology from the 15 to 16 May 2017 at the Southern Sun Elangeni, Durban. The workshop was mainly funded through GenderInSITE, an international initiative to promote the role of women in science, innovation, technology and engineering. The workshop demonstrated how applying a gender lens to SITE can provide deeper insights, more effective programmes and more sustainable outcomes in the context of development.

Recommendations and outcomes made will feed into the report for the OWSD-SANC –SAYAS – DUT initiative to be shared with the network and strengthen mentorship programmes for women in SITE and sustainable development.

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Booklet: Young African scientists living their lives while climbing the academic ladder

Young scientists are the future leaders of science, technology and innovation. As the African continent increasingly works towards building knowledge economies, innovativeness in how talents of young scientists can be nurtured becomes a critical consideration.

This booklet contributes to a further understanding of the nature of careers of young scientists on the African continent and also aims to encourage young scientists in their quest to achieving scientific excellence and doing and living life as well.

 

Proceedings Report: Social Determinants of Health

This report focuses on social determinants of health (SDH) and is the proceedings of a workshop held in 7 to 8 November 2016 that deliberated on various policy engagements on SDH in Africa and interrogated shortfalls thereof.

The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) in collaboration with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) and the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) hosted the workshop. Representatives from Young Academies of Science (YAs) in Africa also participated in the workshop.

SDH are defined as the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems; development agendas; social norms and policies; and political systems.

Proceedings Report: 7th Annual Young Scientists’ Conference on Human Rights

This report stems from proceedings from the 7th Annual Young Scientists’ Conference held on 6 to 7, October 2016 where human rights in general, and the rights of scientists in particular, were addressed by some 80 young and early career researchers.

The conference was hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE), the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World South Africa National Chapter (OWSD-SANC) and the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR).

Human rights are fundamental rights of all human beings regardless of nationality, sex, race, religion, language or any other status. In South Africa, the Bill of Rights forms the cornerstone of democracy. The Bill of Rights enshrines the rights of all people in South Africa and affirms the democratic values and principles of human dignity, equality and freedom. In order to achieve these values in South Africa and in the African continent in general, citizens have to promote and respect the culture of human rights. In addition, they should promote the protection, development and attainment of human rights.

This report articulates the written, oral and poster presentations at the conference which revolved around four sub-themes, namely Human Rights in Africa: Context and Universality, Social and Scientific Dimensions of Human Sexual Diversity, Redress of Colonial Heritage in Promoting Human Rights in Africa, and the Relationship between Science and Human Rights in Africa.

Proceedings Report: Symposium on Socio-Ecological Novelty- Frontiers in Sustainability Research

This proceedings report results from deliberations of SAYAS, Die Junge Akademie and the Global Young Academy at a symposium on socio-ecological novelty in March 2013. The Presentations and discussions focused on amongst others: novel ecosystems, biological invasion, ecosystem engineers; health, mindsets and sustainable health systems; socio-ecological resilience and sustainable; adaptation to climate change; green utopia and geo-climate engineering; agricultural food production vis-à-vis sustainability including distribution challenges; sustainable energy.

The Research Experience of Young Scientists in South Africa

AE Schutte, C Wright, G Langdon, C Lochner & B Myers

Funding, future opportunities and support regarding mentorship, career guidance and financing are the main concerns and challenges of postgraduate students in South Africa. This emerged in a report, launched on 6 November 2013 of the South African Young Academy of Sciences (SAYAS), entitled ‘The Research Experience of Young Scientists in South Africa.’ The report analyses a survey conducted by SAYAS on the general needs of young scientists and provides insights into some of the reasons for the low production rate of doctoral students in the country. The survey focused on the profile and research experience of postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows in South Africa – Honours to post-PhD. A total of 1021 young scientists took part in the survey.