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SAYAS Celebrates the life of founding member Prof Voster Muchenje

It was with profound sadness that we learnt of the passing away of one of the founding SAYAS members and past Co-Chair Prof Voster Muchenje. He was a professor of Meat Science at the University of Fort Hare and co-host of the DST-NRF Research Chair in Meat Science, Genomics to Nutriomics. The late Voster was an academic giant whose accolades speak for themselves. We at SAYAS remember him for the mentorship role he played to many young scientists and the genuine love, support and encouragement he gave to his students and many others. This was clearly demonstrated in his passion at SAYAS where he helped organise several events so as to ensure they had a voice and were privy to available opportunities. We continue to keep his family in prayer and wish them comfort at this difficult time.

SAYAS will host a memorial celebration in August in Prof Muchenje’s memory. More details will be communicated.

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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: http://www.sayas.org.za/lindau/

Deadline for sending nominations is 28 September 2019

 

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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: http://www.sayas.org.za/lindau/

Deadline for sending nominations is 15 November 2019.

 

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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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