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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 Call for new members 2020 is now open

Nominations for 2020 New SAYAS Members

The South African Young Academy of Science seeks to elect the country’s leading emerging researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities. In addition to their demonstrated research excellence, candidates should also be able to show an ongoing commitment to improving South African science through engagement in community development, capacity building and mentoring activities.

This process is conducted annually.

SAYAS Call for New Member Nominations Letter 2020 –Access Letter here
SAYAS New Member Nomination Form 2020 –Access Form here
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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.

 

 

 

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