[IRTalk] Science advisory role of national science academies | South African Journal of Science

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 10:01:18 SAST 2016

The celebration of the Academy of Science of South Africa’s (ASSAf’s) 20th
anniversary presents an opportune
time to examine ASSAf’s role in the science advisory space in South Africa
and to reflect, more generally, on the
nature and value of academy advice. Although very young in comparison with
other global science academies,
some of which are more than 360 years old, ASSAf is fortunate to have
benefitted from the experience of others
and since its inception has had its science advisory role clearly
articulated in its statutes. This is not true of many
of the older science academies that were founded with the intention of
fulfilling a largely honorific role and as such
have had to grapple with the transition to a working academy model.

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