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The Academy of Science of South Africa ( ASSAf ), in collaboration with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Academy of Sciences and Technology, and the United States National Academies of Sciences (US NAS) cordially invites you to a webinar on Public Health and Social Measures for COVID 19 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa. The event is planned as follows:

Date: 15 April 2021
Time: 14:00 to 16:00 (CAT)
Platform: Zoom
RSVP: Click here to register

Keynote address by Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim on COVID 19 Lessons learnt in responding to health epidemics in Africa.

Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim PhD) is a National Research Foundation A 1 rated scientist, infectious diseases epidemiologist and Associate Scientific Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa ( She is Professor in Clinical Epidemiology, Columbia University, USA and is Pro Vice Chancellor for African Health, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa Her research for the past 28 years has focused on HIV infection in adolescent girls and young women She was the Principal Investigator of the Columbia University Southern African Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Programme that focused on establishing a strong science base and increasing the capacity to conduct clinical RCTs to highest international scientific an d ethical standards Her landmark study, the tenofovir gel CAPRISA 004 trial, demonstrated for the first time that anti retrovirals can prevent HIV infection highlighted by the journal Science as one of the top 10 scientific breakthroughs in 2010 Professor Abdool Karim has over 200 peer reviewed publications edited several books, contributed several book chapters including co editing the 6 th and 7 th edition of the Oxford  Textbook on Global Public Health Prof Abdool Karim is the UNAIDS Special Ambassador for Adolescents and HIV and co chairs the UNAIDS Strategic Working Group She is a member of the UNAIDS 2025 target setting and resource mobilisation Steering Committee and is a member of the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board She holds Fellowships at the National Academy of Medicine, The World Academy of Science, Royal Society of South Africa, Academy of Science of South Africa and the African Academy of Science.

With South Africa moving closer and closer to combatting the Covid-19 pandemic and vaccination procurement and distribution in full swing, the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) experts weigh in on some of the common misconceptions surrounding the vaccine and its rollout in the country. SAYAS aims to keep all South Africans informed of all Covid-19 pandemic related developments by dispelling any myths that may exist. Please download the poster: SAYAS Coronavirus Vaccine Myth Poster 2021

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) launched a publication on the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings – South African Alumni Narratives on 26 March 2021This publication reflects  on the journey and experiences of some of the Alumni that attended the life-changing Lindau Nobel  Laureate  Meetings in Lindau, Germany. The publication is funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).

Ordinarily held in June/July each year, the Lindau Meetings serve to promote networking among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines, and have evolved into a unique international forum for scientific exchanges. About 30 to 50 Nobel Laureates attend the annual Meetings together with about 500 to 600 postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and emerging researchers from all over the world.

In 2015, the DSI partnered with ASSAf to coordinate and oversee the activities associated with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Through this arrangement, the DSI funds a travel grant to enable young scientists to participate in these Meetings.  ASSAf is the nominating partner. Since then, South Africa has sent groups of the next generation of scientists to the Lindau Meetings, in a more supported way, to enhance their contributions to the growth of South Africa’s science community and to advance networking opportunities for these scholars.

Danielle Douglas-Henry says that for a young scientist, to be selected to attend the Lindau Meeting is the equivalent of winning the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. “You are surrounded by hundreds of people who share your passion and on top of that you get to meet, interact with, and learn from the world’s best in your field,” he concluded.

According to Itumeleng Monageng, “the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting was an unreal experience that any young, emerging scientist ought to experience. Not just for the details of the scientific content, but for inspiration to change the world, however big (or small) the impact of the change is!”

Read more about these and other scientists and their experiences here.

SAYAS response to curb the spread of COVID-19

In South Africa, a national lockdown for 21 days commencing 26 March 2020 has been declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. This is the time that the scientific community can contribute to mitigating the effects of COVID-19, and actively engage in the science-policy-society interface. In a bid to stay informed about #Covid19InSA and protect each other, SAYAS has produced health advertorials on COVID19 in the different languages spoken in Africa as well as a few other spoken by dominant migrant communities.

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SAYAS members response to the Corona virus

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an unprecedented global challenge. In their own personal capacities, various SAYAS members have written informative articles on the impact of the virus and undertaken various societal engagement activities.

Access the collated April 2020 articles here: Click here

Access the collated May 2020 articles here: Click here

Access the Collated June 2020 articles here: Click here

 

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SAYAS book on COVID-19 -Inviting Abstracts 

Deadline: 31 August 2020

The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) is inviting proposal chapters for a planned book on ‘PUSHING FRONTIERS: MULTI-DISCIPLINARY REFLECTIONS OF SCIENCE POST COVID-19’.

-For further information contact: Prof Willie Chinyamurindi – wchinyamurindi@ufh.ac.za

-Email book chapter abstract to: Edith@assaf.org.za

Link with more information on the guidelines & criteria: https://bit.ly/2ESTYiU

 

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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.

An initial online survey was conducted after which Dialogues will be held in early 2020 at four universities in the country. 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.

 

 

 

SAYAS News 

SAYAS book on COVID-19 -Inviting Abstracts 

Deadline: 31 August 2020

The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) is inviting proposal chapters for a planned book on ‘PUSHING FRONTIERS: MULTI-DISCIPLINARY REFLECTIONS OF SCIENCE POST COVID-19’.

-For further information contact: Prof Willie Chinyamurindi – wchinyamurindi@ufh.ac.za

-Email book chapter abstract to: Edith@assaf.org.za

Link with more information on the guidelines & criteria: https://bit.ly/2ESTYiU

 

______________________________________________

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.

An initial online survey was conducted after which Dialogues will be held in early 2020 at four universities in the country. 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.

 

 

 

SAYAS PODCAST SERIES

Webinar 1

Topic: Harnessing Health Innovations in Africa to Tackle COVID-19 and Beyond

To access the Podcast: Click here

Webinar 2

Topic: What Science will look like after COVID-19? COVID-19 and its Impact on Knowledge Production and Research in Africa

To access the Podcast: Click here

Webinar 3

Topic: Conversations with Women Scientists in the Forefront against COVID-19

In celebration of Women’s Month, August 2020

To access the Podcast: Click here

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