SASAC Emerging Researchers

SASAC Emerging Researchers Programme – 2018

The third iteration of the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre’s (SASAC) Emerging Researchers Programme was successfully held in South Africa at the Universities of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and Limpopo (Polokwane) during 20 August to 7 September 2018. Twenty (20) researchers from Benin, Cameroun, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other IIASA NMO countries (Austria and Germany) participated in the 2018 programme.

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Dr Lucia Anelich

Dr Lucia Anelich appointed as President-Elect of IUFoST

In a first for South Africa, Dr Lucia Anelich (Pr.Sci.Nat.) has been elected as President-Elect of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), to become President in 2020. She is the existing Chair of the Scientific Council of IUFoST, and currently President of the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST), which is an IUFoST Adhering Body. IUFoST membership consists of 60 adhering bodies representing more than 150 000 food scientists and technologists throughout the world.

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Prof Loyiso Nongxa has been elected as a Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU)

Prof Loyiso Nongxa elected as Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU)

Prof Loyiso Nongxa has been elected as a Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) during its Annual General Meeting held during 29-30 July in Brazil. The IMU is a prominent global organisation, established in 1920, and a member of the International Science Council (ISC). The ISC was created in 2018 following the merger between the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC). 

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Dr Michael Quayle was recently awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant.

European Research Council (ERC) Grant to Dr Mike Quayle

The NRF and DST congratulate Dr Mike Quayle who has just been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. Dr Quayle is the fourth ERC award holder from South Africa, following other awards to Dr Carina Schlebusch at Uppsala University, Sweden in 2016, and to Dr Lindsay Bremner, Director of Architectural Research at the University of Westminster, UK in 2015.

Dr Aldo Stroebel, Executive Director Strategic Partnerships at the NRF, is South Africa’s National Contact Point (NCP) for the ERC.

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South Africa's Professor Daya Reddy has been elected as the first President of the newly-formed International Science Council (ISC)

Prof Daya Reddy Elected as President of the International Science Council

South Africa's Professor Daya Reddy has been elected as the first President of the newly-formed International Science Council (ISC). The elections took place during the inaugural General Assembly in Paris, France (03-05 July 2018). The ISC was formed following the merger of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). Prof Reddy has held the position of President-elect of ICSU since 2014.

The NRF is also pleased to confirm that Dr Saths Cooper was elected to the cohort of Ordinary Members.

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Professor Malik Maaza, winner of the NSTF-GreenMatter Award at this year's NSTF-South32 Awards

iThemba LABS Researcher Wins NSTF Award

Professor Malik Maaza, Senior Research Scientists at iThemba LABS, won the NSTF-GreenMatter Award at the 20th NSTF-South32 Awards held on 28 June 2018. The award recognises an individual's or organisation's work towards biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy over the last 5 to 10 years. The award was presented to Prof Maaza by the Minster of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who is also the event’s patron.

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Indian Ocean Rim Association

Proposed institutional reform of the Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group

South Africa is the current Chair for the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) - a regional organisation to foster cooperation among rim countries through voluntary engagement. One of the structures created during the establishment of the IORA is the Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group (IORAG), in acknowledgment of the importance of academia in regional organisations.

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Future Leaders – African Independent Researchers (FLAIR) Fellowships

Future Leaders – African Independent Researchers (FLAIR) Fellowships

On 15 May, the  African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Royal Society, with support from the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund launched the sub-Saharan Africa grant scheme, Future Leaders – African Independent Researchers (FLAIR) Fellowships. The scheme offers postdoctoral fellowships to talented African early career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their field to enable them to develop an independent research career in a sub-Saharan African institution.

The aims of the FLAIR fellowship programme are:

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Our team

Our Team

Dr Aldo Stroebel
Executive Director: Strategic Partnerships
 
Kathy Potgieter
Executive Assistant: Strategic Partnerships
 
Dr Sepo Hachigonta
Director: Networks and Organisations 
 
Dorothy Ngila
Project Specialist: SGCI and Resource Partnerships Development
 

Partners

1. Global organisations and adherence (current engagements)

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