[IRTalk] FW: ASSAf Newsletter, March 2016

Ina Smith Ina at assaf.org.za
Wed Mar 30 12:26:30 SAST 2016

Dear Colleagues

In addition to OA institutional repositories, more and more universities are now also taking up the hosting of their own journals, using Open Journal Systems (OJS). Please see the article in which we give a brief report back from the ASSAf OJS Pilot Project – also available online at http://www.assaf.co.za/newsletter/?p=1329

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20 Years of Science for Society
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) celebrates its 20th year in the service of society this year.
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International conference looks at how science can boost sustainable growth
Scientists from around the world met in Cape Town from 28 February to 2 March 2016 to discuss how best science can guide sustainable development globally.

 Prof Mohamed Hassan, IAP Co-Chair, Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, Prof Daya Reddy, President ASSAf. Prof Volker ter Meulen, IAP Co-Chair, Prof Roseanne Diab, Executive Officer ASSAf, Dr Heide Hackmann, Executive Director, ICSU.
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Women in science subject of ASSAf report
The inclusion and participation of women in science are addressed in a report that was launched by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) on 29 February 2016. The launch was part of the IAP Conference on Science Advice that was held at the Arabella Hotel, Hermanus, South Africa.
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ASSAf Council elections
Council elections will be taking place this year. The terms of office of many long-serving Council members have come to an end and they are required to step down. ASSAf Members will shortly be receiving a call to nominate candidates for Council membership. The newly elected Council will take office in October 2016.


ASSAf Institutional Review
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) institutional review is currently underway. Some 30 participants were invited to be interviewed by an independent review panel.  The interviews took place from 28 February to 3 March 2016.
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Young Academics Discuss Science Advice
The South African Young Academy of Science of South Africa (SAYAS) and ASSAf jointly hosted a panel discussion on Young Academies and Science Advice on 3 March 2016 at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The theme of the discussion was “Youth Perspectives on Science Advice to Government”.
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Bilateral with Benin
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Benin National Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters on the occasion of the InterAcademy Partnership conference hosted by ASSAf in Hermanus in February 2016.

Profs Mahouton Norbert Hounkonnou, Benin and Daya Reddy,  ASSAf.
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ASSAf serves on IAP Executive
The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) General Assembly held on 2 March 2016 following the IAP Conference on Science Advice in Hermanus, South Africa marked the end of Mohamed Hassan’s two terms as IAP Co-Chair. The IAP General Assembly elected Krishan Lal as the new Co-Chair representing developing countries.
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ESASTAP 2020 launched
The new ESASTAP 2020 project was launched in Cape Town on 25 and 26 February 2016.
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InterAcademy Partnership Established
Three renowned global networks of academies of science and medicine have merged to become the InterAcademy Partnership.
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G-Science Meeting held in Japan
The G-Science academies meeting was hosted by the Science Council of Japan in Tokyo from 16 to 19 February 2016.
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ASSAf Members attend Gene Editing meeting in Washington DC
Profs Himla Soodyall, Keymanthri Moodley and Michael Pepper attended the International Summit on Human Gene Editing that was held in Washington, DC from 1 - 3 December 2015.
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ASSAf hosts Profs Christopher Matthews and Michelle Ramsay
ASSAf hosted two prominent speakers for a lecture on chronic diseases. Professors Christopher Mathew and Michèle Ramsay presented a lecture entitled “Exploiting Large Population Cohorts to Capture Genomic and Environmental Determinants of Chronic Diseases” at the Medical School of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).
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Green technologies under the spotlight
The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) organised a one-day training workshop on the Status of Green Technologies in Ethiopia on 14 January 2016 at the Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa.
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Workshop on Off-grid Energy for Rural Development
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) hosted a Workshop on Off-grid Energy for Rural Development in conjunction with the Smart Villages initiative on 28 February 2016.
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Study on postgraduate engineering initiated
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has commissioned ASSAf to conduct a study on the status of postgraduate research training in engineering in South Africa, with a focus on doctoral studies.
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Mathematics Symposium held in Stellenbosch
As part of the bilateral agreement between ASSAf and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the two academies, together with the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, held a Mathematics Symposium from 9 to 11 March 2016 at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS).
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Collaborative research in South Africa to be recognised
The Academy of Science of South Africa is undertaking a study to evaluate and recognise contributions of individuals in collaborative research in South Africa.
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LAMAP-IBSE pilot project comes to an end
Recommendations following the evaluation of the ASSAf pilot project on inquiry-based science education will see a different role for ASSAf in the future.
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ASSAf Members in the News
The diversity of its Membership, embracing the full disciplinary spectrum, enables ASSAf to focus on issues of a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral nature and to bring the strengths of a fully inclusive approach to bear on the issues of national and international concern. These Members achieve is their individual fields.
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Top young scientists selected for prestigious meeting
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has successfully nominated five top young scientists from South Africa to attend the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting later this year in Lindau, Germany.
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The ASLP to host workshop
The Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP), an initiative of the University of Pretoria and the Global Young Academy (GYA), supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation, and other major partners, will be hosting its second workshop at the University of Pretoria.
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Quest appoints new Editorial Board member
Prof Debra Meyer from the University of Johannesburg has been appointed as a Quest Editorial Board member and attended her first Editorial Board meeting in March 2016.
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Quest attends SciFest 2016
Quest was showcased at the SciFest Africa 2016 in Grahamstown earlier this month. The theme, “A matter of time”, explored the creation, measurement, depiction, experience and (even) the end of time.
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SAYAS appoints new bloggers
The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) held its second national blogging competition for PhD students enrolled at South African universities. Since its launch in April 2015, the SAYAS blog has received over 3 000 views from 56 countries.
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South African Journal of Science adopts article-level metrics
The South African Journal of Science has reached another significant milestone in its e-publishing journey: article-level metrics are now provided for all articles online.
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ASSAf embraces new generation technology for publishing open access journals
The science community is increasingly becoming more familiar with open access and its benefits.  Scholarly journals are making the transition from traditional print to open access and online publishing.
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