About Us – SAYAS

About Us – South African Young Academy of Science

Mission Statement:

SAYAS aims to be the voice of young scientists across South Africa, fostering opportunities to influence policy decisions, promoting science awareness, and engaging in educational activities for research and development. We strive to create a vibrant community of dynamic young scientists that drives innovative solutions for national and global challenges.


To position young scientists at the forefront of shaping scientific dialogue and policy in South Africa and globally, ensuring that their contributions advance societal progress and sustainable development.

Leadership Team – SAYAS

2023/2024 Executive Members

Co-Chair One


Prof Moses Basitere

Co-Chair Two


Dr Natisha Dukhi

Executive One


Dr Majavu

Executive Two


Prof Usisipho Feleni

Executive Three


Dr Mubeen Goolam

Objectives – SAYAS


  • Enhance communication and collaboration among scientists from different disciplines to foster innovation and address complex societal issues.
  • Develop programs that support the academic and professional growth of young scientists, including mentorship initiatives, workshops, and seminars.
  • Influence policymaking processes to enhance the national science agenda, ensuring robust funding and support for scientific research.
  • Increase public understanding of science and its benefits through outreach activities, public lectures, and engagement with the media.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with similar young academies worldwide to leverage global knowledge and resources.

Membership and Engagement


Membership to SAYAS is granted to exceptional young researchers under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields. Members serve a five-year term, during which they actively participate in academy initiatives and contribute to the academy’s goals and objectives.

Activities and Programs:

SAYAS organizes a variety of activities aimed at promoting science and research, including annual conferences, policy workshops, and public science engagement events. The academy also runs specific programs focused on mentoring young scientists and providing platforms for them to present their research and interact with established leaders in the scientific community.

Join Us:

Are you a young scientist in South Africa looking to make an impact? We welcome your involvement in SAYAS, whether it’s through membership, collaboration on projects, or participation in our various programs. For more details on how to apply or engage with our activities, please visit our website.

Contact Information:

Email: info@sayas.org.za

Phone: +27 12 345 6789

Address: SAYAS Office, 123 Academy Lane, Pretoria, South Africa

We look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders to advance the role of young scientists in enriching the scientific landscape of South Africa and beyond.