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Professor Patricia Whitelock, winner of the SAIP De Beers Gold Medal 2018 for her outstanding research career in astronomy and astrophysics, and for her distinguished and extensive contributions to leadership, education and human capacity development of the Physics and Astronomy community.

Prof Patricia Whitelock Awarded SAIP De Beers Gold Medal 2018

The SAIP Gold award is made for outstanding achievements in any of the following facets of any branch of Physics: research, education, technology and industrial development. As the highest standards are applied, the award is intended to be the greatest distinction that is conferred in South Africa for achievements in Physics.

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Dr Albert van Jaarsveld appointed as DG of IIASA

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is pleased to announce that Dr Albert van Jaarsveld has been appointed as the new Director-General and CEO of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, effective 1 October 2018. Dr van Jaarsveld is currently the Vice-Chancellor and Principle of the University of Kwazulu-Natal, and former CEO of the NRF. He succeeds outgoing Director-General Professor Pavel Kabat who will become the first Chief Scientist of the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on 1 September 2018.

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Fellowships offered by L’Oréal Foundation

The L’Oréal Foundation is launching the 9th edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science in Sub-Saharan Africa. A total of 14 fellowships are available – 12 for PhD students and two for postdoctoral researchers. Follow this link to learn more or apply.

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The European Regional Office of Astronomy for Development was officially established yesterday at a signing ceremony in Leiden, the Netherlands. The event was attended by the then South African Minister of Science and Technology and marked the formation of the tenth Regional Office of Astronomy for Development, which is coordinated by the global office based in South Africa.

Inauguration of 10th Regional Office Coordinated by South Africa-based OAD

On 26 February 2018, the European Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (ROAD) was brought into existence at a signing ceremony at Leiden University in the Netherlands. It was preceded by a ceremonial address by Grace Naledi Pandor, former South African Minister of Science and Technology (now Minister of Higher Education). The occasion also marked the appointment of the minister as honorary visiting Oort Professor of 'Astronomy for Development'.

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