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GloSYS Africa at the World Economic Forum on Africa

The World Economic Forum on Africa meeting is being held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 4 to 6 September 2019. In partnership with the South African Young Academy of Science and the University of Cape Town (UCT), the Global Young Academy (GYA) will host a WEF affiliates breakfast session on 6 September 2019 at UCT’s Hiddingh Hall Library.

This WEF Affiliates session will address strategies for the implementation of evidence-based policy recommendations to address the challenges and motivations that shape the success of young African scientists’ career trajectories, in any discipline and sector. The GYA’s GloSYS Africa team has recently completed a four-year mixed-methods research study aimed at the collection of internationally comparable data on scientists and innovators throughout and from Africa, which can be used to shape science and technology policy.

To attend this session, Rsvp to:

To access more on the GloSYS project on the GYA website: click here

and the GloSYS Africa Fact Sheet: click here



New SAYAS Members 2019

The SAYAS ExCo would like to announce the following new members for the year 2019 and extend our warm welcome to SAYAS. Congratulations!

Dr Munyaradzi Marufu is a Senior lecturer and Head of Section Production Animal Clinic: University of Pretoria. He is also a Y2 NRF rated researcher.

Fields of Specialisation- Veterinary Parasitology and Production Animal Studies.


Dr Keagan Pokpas is a Lecturer & Senior Researcher at the University of the Western Cape, Science Faculty, Department of Chemistry, SensorLab.

Fields of Specialisation- Electrochemistry, Nanochemistry, Graphene Chemistry, Paper-based Microfluidics, Analytical Chemistry, Calorimetry, Stripping Voltammetry, Metal Analysis.


Dr Moses Basitere is Senior lecturer: Chemical Engineering Department at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Fields of Specialisation- Water and wastewater Treatment and Engineering Education.


Prof Mzukisi Njotini is Associate Professor, Faculty of Law at the University of Johannesburg.

Fields of Specialisation- Information and Communication Technology Law, Cyber-Security Law and Industry 4.0 and the Law.


Prof Rose Hayeshi is a biochemist by training with expertise in preclinical drug development and is currently an Associate Professor at the Preclinical Drug Development Platform, North-West University. She is also Good Laboratory Practice(GLP) Study Director at NWU.

Fields of Specialisation- Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences.


A/Prof Sudesh Sivarasu is Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of Cape Town and a member of the Global Young Academy.

Fields of Specialisation- Biomedical Engineering, Medical Device Design and Orthopaedic Biomechanics.


Prof Tricia Naicker is Associate Professor and Director of the Catalysis and Peptide Research Unit, College of Health Sciences, Discipline of Pharmaceutical Science, University of KwaZulu Natal. She is also a Y NRF rated researcher.

Fields of Specialisation- Medicinal Chemistry, Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry.


Dr Usisipho Feleni is Senior Lecturer at the Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Research Unit (NanoWS), University of South Africa.

Fields of Specialisation- Diagnostics sensors; electrocatalytic membranes; electroanalytical chemistry; electrochemical sensors; and nanoelectrochemistry.


Prof Willie Chinyamurindi is Associate Professor at the University of Fort Hare (Alice, campus) and lecturer in the Department of Business Management. He is also a Research Niche Area Leader for the Faculty of Management and Commerce, UFH.

Fields of Specialisation- Human capital development and the use of qualitative research methods within the management sciences.


A/Prof Tjaart Kruger is Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Physics. He is also a Y1 NRF rated researcher.

Fields of Specialisation- Photosynthetic light harvesting, Biophysics, Quantum Biology, Bio-inspired solar energy, single-molecule spectroscopy, ultrafast spectroscopy.




ASSAf Annual Young Scientist Conference 2019

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) will be hosting the Annual Young Scientists’ Conference on 28 – 29 October 2019. The theme of the conference is: Migration, Displacement and Mobility in Africa: Complex Issues in Current Times.

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 interrogating some of the biggest issues facing migrants today – and what can be done to solve them.

Conference Themes

The conference will explore the following sub-themes:

  1. The devil is in the detail: Responding to international migration
  2. Reshaping humanitarian aid: The case for a shared responsibility
  3. The New Urban Agenda: Migration, livelihoods, social welfare and the case for integrated development plans
  4. Re-imagining migration: Big data and opportunities for technological and scientific innovation
  5. Social capital, resilience and social networks among migrant groups
  6. Researching migration: Developing an African agenda for Africa
  7. Gender, Health and Migration

Note: The Call and further explanations of the sub-themes can be accessed on the ASSAf website or at



Call for Nominations

The 70th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting 2020 – interdisciplinary meeting

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 2020 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting to be held from 28 June to 3 July 2020 in Lindau, Germany. The 70th Meeting of Nobel Laureates will be an interdisciplinary meeting. The meeting will be attended by Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Physics and Physiology/Medicine and about 600 highly-talented young scientists from across the world.

Access the application form at:

Deadline for sending nominations is 28 September 2019



Call for Nominations

The 7th Lindau Meeting of the laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank prize in economic sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel

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 7th Lindau Meeting of the Laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel. This meeting is to be held from 25 to 29 August 2020 in Lindau, Germany. The meeting will be attended by 400 young economists (graduate/post-doc students and young professionals).

Access the application form at:

Deadline for sending nominations is 1 November 2019.




SAYAS Survey on Identities

The South African Young Academy of Science and the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies are undertaking a survey titled: ‘Hidden Identities in South African Academia: Contestations and Contradictions for Belonging’. The study aims to establish the role of identity as a barrier in academia, and to determine strategies to promote inclusivity in academia within the South African context.

Transformation within South African universities is hampered by more than just historical practices, but by many factors currently at play, either hindering or helping individuals’ progress on the academic career path. For many young academics, making sense of their professional functions and roles within the ever-changing environment of academia is largely shaped by the concept of identity construction.

We are requesting academics in South African universities to fill in the survey and share their experiences. The study partners will use the data obtained from this research to develop policy recommendations that highlight the ways in which young academics / early career researchers can be better supported in their careers.

Click here for the survey link.







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