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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf),

in partnership withthe Nelson Mandela University, Deputy Vice-chancellor – Research and Engagement and

The Herald cordially

invite you to the

Third ASSAf Presidential Roundtable: Science, Scholarship and Society on:

‘To get High, or not to get High’?

An Evidence-based Dialogue on the Legalisation of Cannabis Use in a PrivateCapacity

RSVP by 16 November 2018

humanities book awards

As part of the Mathematical Sciences for Climate Resilience (MS4CR) program, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is inviting applications for Research Chairs in climate change science. They have specifically extended the Call for Applications in order to receive more applications from outstanding women scientists.

These Research Chair positions are based at AIMS Rwanda. Each Chair will be provided up to USD 970,000 over a four-year period and tasked with executing a world-class research program able to contribute significantly towards building both the human capital and the scientific knowledge base required to solve important climate change-related problems in Africa and beyond.

Applicants should:

  • be female;
  • hold a doctorate degree in a quantitative discipline including, but not limited to, applied mathematics, climatology, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistical ecology, or engineering;
  • demonstrate significant evidence of excellent, self-initiated and self-directed research in climate change science;
  • have at least two (2) years of postdoctoral experience;
  • have experience supervising Master’s and/or PhD students; and
  • be able to take up the Chair by the end of 2018.

Both African and non-African candidates are eligible for the Chairs.

To apply and for more information, go to: https://www.nexteinstein.org/research/call-for-applications-ccchair/

Please send any questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for applications is 25 November.

Dear OWSD Members    

                        

The organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World South Africa National Chapter(OWSD-SANC), in collaboration with the Academy of Science of South Africa(ASSAf), and Gender in science, innovation, technology and engineering(GenderInSITE) will host a  Parallel Session at the 2017 Science Forum South Africa in Pretoria.

 

The session will be held on 8 December 2017 at the CSRI ICC Ruby room from 9:00am-10:30am. The forum’s plenary sessions will be held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre hosted by the Department of Science and Technology from 7-8 December 2017

The following panellist are confirmed as speakers and therefore invites you to attend and engage with them on issues relating to young scientists’ opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa:

  1. Professor Isabella Akyinbah Quakyi, Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
  2. Dr Marian A. Nkansah, Faculty Member Department of Chemistry Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology-Kumasi, Ghana
  3. Ms Busiswa Ndaba; Agricultural Research Council (ARC)
  4. Mr Stanley Maphosa, Academy of Science of South Africa(ASSAf)- Session moderator

Join us in Igniting Conversations about Science.

 

This is a reminder that the OWSD 25th Anniversary video competition is still
open -- we are waiting to hear from you about why you celebrate OWSD!

As a reminder, to enter in the contest, please just send a short video recording -- no more than 1 minute or so - of you explaining what OWSD means to you. This is a celebration, so keep it fun - feel free to be silly!

A few tips for recording:
1) Try to find a quiet place if you can -- away from hallway, office, background noise etc.
2) Try to avoid backlighting (i.e. standing in front of a bright window) -- overhead, direct light is best; and
3) Closer up is better than far away -- even a selfie-style video is great.

We've attached a flyer here with a few more suggestions and reminders.

You can send your videos to the OWSD Communications Assistant Erin Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or, if it's easier, you can also send them by WhatsApp to +393337266841.

Send us your videos until November 30 for a chance to be featured in a special interactive '25 Reasons to Celebrate OWSD' gallery on the website, and to win a OWSD 25th Anniversary gift bag.

We look forward very much to hearing from you, and hope you join us in celebrating this important anniversary for OWSD!

Young Academies issue statement to address how Science can help with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


26 October 2017 – Young Academies of sciences around the globe feel they have a role to play in solving the dilemmas the world is facing today and in improving the world through scientific discovery. This claim is made in a joint statement on “The role of Young Academies in achieving the UN SDGs”, which is published today by the Global Young Academy (GYA) and 36 national young academies and young academy initiatives.
The statement focuses on the question of how young academies in general, and young scientists in particular, can contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how science and technology can best be harnessed towards achieving the SDGs.
The authors recommend that Young Academies should and can take on a greater role in science advice at a national, regional and global level.

They propose three main areas for young scientists’ engagement with the SDGs:
- by offering sound policy advice and contributing interdisciplinary science advice to the SDG implementation, thereby getting recognized as an independent part of their national, regional and global policy advice systems;
- through science communication, with Young Academies in an excellent position to bridge the divide between science and the public, and raise the understanding of the SDGs among pupils, and within civil society and the media; and
- through capacity enhancement: training Young Scientists in the SDG processes, implementation and monitoring, as well as in leadership skills.

The statement unequivocally states that Young Academies can and should play a central role in conceptualising, developing and implementing strategies towards achieving the SDGs. The statement also calls on policy-makers and senior academies of sciences to work with the Young Academies and young scientists in their regions and to come together and work jointly towards a “global science” driving sustainability.

The statement is a direct outcome of the Third Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies in July 2017, hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, by the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), and co-organised by the GYA, which also demonstrates the dynamic nature of the ever-growing young academy network.


LINK to statement: https://globalyoungacademy.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Statement-RoleYoungAcademies-SDGs-Oct2017.pdf

International Cairo Exhibition of Innovation aims to stimulate scientific innovation in Egypt and the region through creating a hub that excites people about science and research, connects innovators to enablers and key stakeholders, and allows local innovators to exhibit and commercialize their inventions. The two days event includes sessions, workshops, competitions, panels, and inspiring stories of rising talents. Cairo Innovates includes an exhibition of the latest inventions and innovations, an interactive “Makers Campus”, and a “Junior Scientist” area with a special focus on stimulating the culture of innovation to increase the country’s productivity and competitiveness, and reducing poverty and inequality.

International Cairo Exhibition of Innovation is an initiative of ASRT to create an annual innovation market, where innovators, technology transfer centres, technology companies, enablers and others meet and share their ideas. The Exhibition is open to the public. The idea of the Exhibition comes from the keenness of ASRT to spread the culture of innovation, encourage creativity and create chances for young people to present their innovative products or projects, for more details about exhibition kindly visit our website Click here

ASRT is offering 5 fellowships for African innovators to exhibit their inventions. ASRT will cover all accommodation expenses and exhibition fees, but not the flight tickets. To apply for fellowships kindly Click here

If you do not need a fellowship and you want to participate contact usa  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notes: The deadline 14th of October 2018 for Participation and fellowships.

Dear OWSD Stakeholder

TWAS/BioVisionAlexandria.NXT 2018 will be the fifth BioVisionAlexandira.NXT to be organized in Alexandria, Egypt. The event will be held under the theme “Science Diplomacy: Voices of the South”. It intends to explore the importance of science diplomacy to the young scientists in the developing world.

The event will be held on 18–19April 2018, where TWAS/BVA.NXT 2018 participants will be offered the opportunity to meet policy makers, experts, academics and young promising scientists from the South to provide them with the needed skills to build their own capacities and help them in the advancement of their developing countries.

 

Best young scientists will have the opportunity to present their innovative ideas and their impact on the development of societies in the event. Furthermore, they will be invited to participate in BioVisionAlexandria 2018 Conference (20–22 April 2018, Bibliotheca Alexandrina).

Priority will be offered to the best innovative research, and to research papers that foster science diplomacy efforts. Deadline for applications: 1 January 2018.

Criteria of Application:

•          Applicants should not be older than 35 years of age (by 1 January 2018 ).

•          Applicants should be Master’s, PhD students, or Postdoctoral scholars working in the field of life sciences.

•          Applicants should have innovative research papers.

 

To apply to the TWAS/BVA.NXT 2018, please visit: https://www.bibalex.org/bva2018/NextRegistration/RegistrationForm.aspx?m=7.  

 

For more information about the conference, please check: https://www.bibalex.org/bva2018/Home/StaticPage.aspx?page=61&m=7.

For any inquiries, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   

LIRA 2030 Africa: Call for scientific and non-academic reviewers

The International Science Council (ISC) will support up to 12 collaborative research projects on sustainable urban development across Africa: we are looking for scientific and non-academic reviewers

Following the call for pre-proposals on Pathways towards Sustainable Urban Development in Africa, applications are now open for scientists and non-academic experts to help in reviewing full proposals.

To ensure that science can effectively contribute to sustainable urban development in Africa, the International Science Council in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), and with the financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, will support up to 12 collaborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) in 2019. These projects are expected to generate new solutions-oriented, integrated knowledge required in the practice of sustainable urban development in Africa.

Deadline: 12 November 2018

Click here to view the call.

 

Dear colleagues,

 

Fellowship Opportunities – Singapore

As discussed at the Commonwealth Science Conference in June, the Royal Society and the National Research Foundation in Singapore (NRF) are working together to promote opportunities for collaboration across the Commonwealth.

We are therefore delighted to announce that the NRF has established a new Post-doctoral International Collaborative Fellowship for the Commonwealth. Up to ten Post-doctoral Fellowships will be awarded to do research in either Oceans or Sustainable Cities, two of the themes of the Conference. The Fellowships will be based in a Singapore institution. Details of the scheme and the supervising team are available here.

 

The Commonwealth Science Conference website also sets out information about existing Royal Society schemes as well as detailing other funding schemes across the Commonwealth.

We will be writing to you again shortly with more information about new Royal Society schemes.

Applications are now being accepted for the CLIFF-GRADS programme. This programme is for currently enrolled PhD students from developing countries, and provides short-term scientific training and research stays on topics related to the measurement and management of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage in agricultural systems. Applicants should have a background in agriculture and climate change research and be pursuing graduate research related to agricultural greenhouse gas quantification.

Selected students will be sponsored in the amount of 10,000–12,000 USD for short-term (4–6 month) scientific training and research stays to collaborate with projects associated with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) <https://ccafs.cgiar.org/> and the Global Research Alliance: <https://globalresearchalliance.org/>.

Specific topics will depend on student and host institution scientist interests.

The grants will be used to support living and research costs at the host institution. Grants may not be used for tuition or unrelated personal expenses.

The deadline for applications for this opportunity is September 30.

The Call for Applications is attached here. More information is available at: https://tinyurl.com/yc9pxtp7

For questions, please contact Julianna White at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dear OWSD  Members and Fellows in the Cape Town/Stellenbosch area

 

We are holding a meeting on Tuesday 14th November in the Tea Room on the 4th floor of the Molecular and Cell Biology Building at UCT from 2 to 4.30 p.m. You are all most welcome and we will supply tea and coffee etc.

The purpose of the meeting is the following:

 

  1. To hear of any burning issues in your scientific and personal lives (as they relate to your studies/research) and help you to solve them.
  1. To hear of any exciting breakthroughs/findings you have made in your research.
  1. To tell you about the plans for celebrating in 2018 the 25th Anniversary of OWSD and the 20th Anniversary of the Fellowship Programme, including AuthorAid workshops and Soapbox Science on the Sea Point Promenade, and get you involved.
  1. Our mentorship programme – we would like feedback from you
  1. Volunteers for the new Executive Committee of our National Chapter

6.       The work of GenderInSITE southern Africa focal point and how it relates to OWSD National Chapter

  1. Any other matters you would like to air

The MCB building is 22 University Avenue and it is the building on the City and Table Mountain end of this road.

 

Please note that regional meetings in other areas will be conducted next year. Thus, due to budget constraints we are unable to fund travel to this meeting.

 

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..za by 1 November 2017.

 

I look forward to seeing you there.

Jennifer

Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has launched three substantial scholarships for women, focused on gender issues. The launch was part of a UCT National Women’s Day event, For Womxn by Womxn, on 8 August, hosted at Graça Machel Hall.

Much of Phakeng’s address to the over 200 top-level representatives of the business, political, diplomatic, academic, student, faith and civil society sectors was devoted to giving a voice to marginalised women in society, particularly queer and trans women.

Announcing the scholarships, Phakeng said that while these would target human capital development, they would also “help us rethink our views of gender in South Africa and give us new insights into ourselves and others in different communities”.

Read the full article fror more information here.

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to the 2017 ASSAf Annual Humanities Lecture "Steve Biko’s“Envisioned Self” and the Makings of a South African" by Prof NjabuloNdebele
Date: Thursday, 26 October 2017
Time:17:30 for 18:00 -20:00

Click here for more details

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

and the Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa,

jointly with the UCT Neuroscience Institute,

cordially invite you to a public lecture on Being human – Where Neuroscience Meets Culture,

by Professor Stephanie Clarke,

Head of Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation, CHUV – University of Lausanne.

Date: Monday, 27 August 2018

Time: 17:00 – 19:00 (followed by light refreshments)

Venue: Wolfson Pavilion Lecture Theatre

Institute of Infectious Disease & Molecular Medicine

Faculty of Health Sciences

Anzio Rd, Observatory

Parking https://goo.gl/maps/D9y5a8oR2r42 or GPS 33°56'38.5"S 18°27'57.9"E

RSVP: Please click here to confirm your attendance by 24 August 2018

Click here to view the invitation and more information.

 

 

Please kindly apply for the 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum that will be held on September from the 23–28 2018.

 

This is a Mathematics and computer science in one symposium, where you will get to Meet your scientific role models face to face and advance your scientific career.

 

Please note that lodging and board will be provided ,and that travel grants are available.

 

Online applications will open on the November 6, 2017 until February 9, 2018.

 

Click here for more information.

The Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) Africa survey has been launched.

On behalf of the Global Young Academy (GYA) I would like to advise you that the Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) Africa survey has been launched.  The GloSYS project investigates the context in which early-career researchers today work, and the challenges and motivations that shape their career trajectories. The GloSYS team will use the data obtained from this research to develop policy recommendations that highlight the ways in which young scientists can be better supported in their research efforts and career development.

The GloSYS Africa Survey is aimed at early career researchers within and from Africa with either a Master’s or PhD degree earned within the last ten years. The GloSYS team is looking for researchers within and outside Academia in any discipline to share their experiences. You can personally contribute to helping improve the research environment in Africa by completing the short survey (available both in English and in French) and by sharing the survey widely via your professional and social networks by forwarding this email to your colleages, relevant contacts, as well as any mailing lists you may have access to. GloSYS is on Facebook and Twitter and you can help by sharing the survey there:

GloSYS Survey links:     https://glosys.typeform.com/to/Cup20s (English)

https://glosys.typeform.com/to/OU68Eg (French)           

You can sign up to follow the GloSYS project and learn more about previous GloSYS studies at the website and watch a brief film about the GloSYS project on YouTube.

Thank you for helping shape the future of science in Africa!

Dear OWSD  Members and Fellows in the Cape Town/Stellenbosch area

We are holding a meeting on Tuesday 14th November in the Tea Room on the 4th floor of the Molecular and Cell Biology Building at UCT from 2 to 4.30 p.m. You are all most welcome and we will supply tea and coffee etc.

The purpose of the meeting is the following:

1. To hear of any burning issues in your scientific and personal lives (as they relate to your studies/research) and help you to solve them.

2. To hear of any exciting breakthroughs/findings you have made in your research.

3. To tell you about the plans for celebrating in 2018 the 25th Anniversary of OWSD and the 20th Anniversary of the Fellowship Programme, including AuthorAid workshops and Soapbox Science on the Sea Point Promenade, and get you involved.

4. Our mentorship programme – we would like feedback from you

5. Volunteers for the new Executive Committee of our National Chapter

  

6. The work of GenderInSITE southern Africa focal point and how it relates to OWSD National Chapter

7. Any other matters you would like to air

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 November 2017.

The MCB building is 22 University Avenue and it is the building on the City and Table Mountain end of this road.

Please note that regional meetings in other areas will be conducted next year. Thus, due to budget constraints we are unable to fund travel to this meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Sudanese National Academy of Sciences (SNAS) and the Sudan Academy of Young Scientists (SAYS) will organize a conference for young scientists in Africa on Genomics to be held in Khartoum during the period 2-7 December 2018.

A website for the conference is now up & active @: http://ghha.sd

Please also find attached the conference flyer.

Dear OWSD Stakeholder

 

TWAS/BioVisionAlexandria.NXT 2018 will be the fifth BioVisionAlexandira.NXT to be organized in Alexandria, Egypt. The event will be held under the theme “Science Diplomacy: Voices of the South”. It intends to explore the importance of science diplomacy to the young scientists in the developing world.

 

The event will be held on 18–19April 2018, where TWAS/BVA.NXT 2018 participants will be offered the opportunity to meet policy makers, experts, academics and young promising scientists from the South to provide them with the needed skills to build their own capacities and help them in the advancement of their developing countries.

 

Best young scientists will have the opportunity to present their innovative ideas and their impact on the development of societies in the event. Furthermore, they will be invited to participate in BioVisionAlexandria 2018 Conference (20–22 April 2018, Bibliotheca Alexandrina).

 

Priority will be offered to the best innovative research, and to research papers that foster science diplomacy efforts. Deadline for applications: 1 January 2018.

 

Criteria of Application:

•          Applicants should not be older than 35 years of age (by 1 January 2018 ).

•          Applicants should be Master’s, PhD students, or Postdoctoral scholars working in the field of life sciences.

•          Applicants should have innovative research papers.

 

To apply to the TWAS/BVA.NXT 2018, please visit: https://www.bibalex.org/bva2018/NextRegistration/RegistrationForm.aspx?m=7.  

 

For more information about the conference, please check: https://www.bibalex.org/bva2018/Home/StaticPage.aspx?page=61&m=7.

 

For any inquiries, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Applications are invited for a limited number of competitive research scholarships at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (Wits), South Africa. Successful applicants will be part of the Pan-African Research College on Sustainable Cities, launched earlier this year. Funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the College will support researchers in diverse fields to share knowledge and expertise to better understand the complexities of urban Africa. The College is made up of senior researchers from five partner universities: the Universities of Ghana, Nairobi, the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources (Accra, Ghana), Cape Town and Witwatersrand.

Successful applicants will be affiliated to the continental network of the Pan-African College on Sustainable Cities and will be located in one of the following entities within Wits: the Global Change Institute (GCI), the Wits City Institute (WCI) and the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Sciences (GAES). There are three research scholarships available:

1. PhD in The materialities of informality in the city of the Global South, hosted by GAES.

2. PostDoctoral in Water governance in southern African cities, hosted by GCI.

3. PostDoctoral in Repositioning the African Cities debate, hosted by WCI.

Important Information:

  • Closing Date for all applications: 13 August 2018.
  • Applicants need not be registered at the University of Witwatersrand at the time of application.
  • Correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates.
  • The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.

To apply:

The SFSA online registration is now open, I encourage those who will be attending to register as soon as possible.

Please click on the link below to register.

http://www.sfsa.co.za/online-registration/.

Call for Participants: OWSD SA NC Session at Annual Young Scientists Conference

OWSD SA National Chapter is sponsoring a session at this year's Annual Young Scientists Conference, and is seeking 4 members for the panel session, and an additional 6 members to attend the Conference, to be held 13 - 14 September 2018.

Kindly complete this application should you wish to attend and or be a panellist at this  Conference.

Accommodation, travel and shuttle costs will be covered by ASSAf.

Title – Applying a gender lens to concerns of and solutions to corruption
Focus – looking at concerns of and solutions to corruption from a gendered perspective. 

The deliberations will focus on trans-disciplinary innovation of how a gendered perspective can be used to address the concerns of and find solutions to corruption in the country and on the continent. Gender equality is not just a single goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 5), but cuts across several of the other SDGs as set out by the United Nations. The issue of corruption is one which we are constantly faced with, and it affects all individuals, all generations, and genders. This session will also consider some of the approaches used towards fighting corruption, and view them from a gendered perspective. This discussion will also aim to ignite conversations around addressing these concerns, the role of STI to do so, and contextualise various forms of collaboration with a variety of networks to initiate an implementation model to end corruption, with a view encompassing all genders. 

Kindly submit by 14 August 2018.

Please note, applications will be considered as per the below:

  1. First come first serve
  2. Quality and alignment of the submission as determined by the selection committee
  3. If your application is successful, OWSD may use your photos and produce a report
  4. Those attending are urged to use social media platforms to profile the work of OWSD/Gender In SITE in Southern Africa

Looking forward to receiving your applications!

Dear OWSD Stakeholder

 

In celebration of Women’s Month (and National Science Week), Minister Naledi Pandor, Department of Science & Technology, launched the ‘Because science is fun: Stories of emerging female scientists’ Booklet.

 

The booklet presents stories of 25 South African women scientists who went through their different journeys to become scientists.

 

Their success stories are truly inspirational, and encourage you to disseminate the booklet as much as you can.

 

Please click on the link below to access the book.

 

http://www.womeninstemi.co.za/

 

 

We would like to thank all of our members who were actively involved the creation of the booklet.

 

Enjoy!

Funding Call:
Newton Mobility Grants

Newton Mobility Grants provide support for international researchers based in a country covered by the Newton Fund to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly defined research project.

These one-year awards are particularly suited to initiate new collaborative partnerships, between scholars who have not previously worked together, or new initiatives between scholars who have collaborated in the past.

The grants intend to strengthen the research capacity/capability of, and contribute to promoting economic development and social welfare in, the overseas country. The awards will also initiate the development of longer-term links between the overseas and UK researchers.

Awards might include a range of related activities, but mobility (in the form of visits and exchanges, etc.) should form an integral part of proposals. The main purpose of the funding is to cover travel and maintenance costs, although costs related to other eligible activities will be considered. Partnerships including a training element and involving scholars in the early stages in their career will be looked on favourably.

It is expected that the mobility grants will establish links between partners. Researchers may subsequently wish to consider applying for other Newton Fund programmes.

Eligibility requirements

Both a UK-based applicant and an overseas-based applicant are required for this scheme. Both applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute, which must span the duration of the project. Collaborations should focus on a single jointly defined research project involving (or lead by) the two applicants.

The British Academy Newton Mobility Grants cover researchers working in all disciplines within the social sciences and humanities.

Newton Mobility Grants from the British Academy are currently available for the following countries:

  • China
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • Turkey
  • Thailand

For more information please see the detailed scheme notes. Note that some partner countries have specific eligibility requirements so please check the guidance carefully.

Value and Duration

Awards are available for one year and support travel and maintenance costs. Please refer to the scheme notes for the country from which you are applying for more details.

Application Process

Application and Host Institution deadline: 5 September 2018
Awards must start not later than 31 January 2019

For more information, click here.

Dear OWSD Stakeholders

 

I am pleased to announce that the NASAC ‘Women In Science- inspiring stories from Africa booklet is now available.

Access link: http://nasaconline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Women-in-Science-Inspiring-Stories-from-Africa-2.pdf

 

We would like to acknowledge the role Prof Thompson(current OWSD-SANC chairperson) played as the Editor of this booklet, and the role OWSD-SANC continues to play as a member of the Women for Science Working Group.

 

Enjoy!

Universities body to probe gender imbalance at the top

The apex body representing vice-chancellors of South Africa's public universities plans to investigate why women are struggling to break through the glass ceiling en route to heading institutions of higher learning.

“We hope to carry out a study this year to determine what the situation is. Hopefully, we will have a much better idea once it is done,” said Professor Ahmed Bawa, chief executive officer of Universities South Africa (USAf), whose members comprise the heads of the country’s 26 tertiary education institutions.

According to Bawa, 58% of the students in South African universities are women and 42% men. “This gap has to begin to represent itself in the staff structures of universities. And indeed there are more women than men at lecturer level. However, we are not seeing the same trend at the senior levels. And this clearly has to be an area of investigation,” he told University World News.

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please click on the links below to view Highlights from National Sceince Week 2017 which was brought to you by EDBOOK Media !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kdmCLqqWk8

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rns1LabPbw&spfreload=10 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGFWSSDds2Y

This is a reminder that the Call for Applications for the first cohort of the OWSD Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) fellowship will close on 31 August. If you have already begun an application, we encourage you to complete it before this deadline.

This Fellowship, again, provides up USD 50,000 over two years to women scientists from the eligible Science and Technology Lagging Countries. The funding may be applied to a wide range of expenses, including equipment, consumables, research visits, exchanges and programmes, teaching and assistance, information resources, product development and linking with industry, outreach, communications and networking, and other expenses. Fellows will also take part in two training workshops on leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

The application must be submitted through our online system, accessible from this page: https://owsd.net/career-development/early-career-women-scientists-ecws-fellowships

The Call for Applications is attached here in both English and French and is available online at: https://owsd.net/career-development/early-career-women-scientists-ecws-fellowships

Questions may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Greetings

 

i am pleased to announce that the Call for nominations for the  68TH LINDAU NOBEL LAUREATES MEETING  which wil take place in 2018 for Physiology or Medicine.

 

please click on the links below for more information .

 

Lindau -Application Form

The Call -68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

International Conference "Science and You" on Science Communication that the University of Lorraine (France) will co-organize in Beijing (China) in September 2018, in partnership with NAIS (National Academy of Innovation Strategy) who is a member of CAST (China Association for Science and Technology).

The title for this edition 2018

 Knowing-Sharing-Caring : New Insights For a Diverse Word

It also includes a PhD Students' Workshop.

Should you have any question and/or if more information is needed, please do not hesitate to contact us.

English/Chinese website of the event 2018:  http://www.science-and-you2018.com/ .

                                                                                        Commemorating  Women’s Day

       WomensMonthOnlinebanner

 

 

Women's Day marks the anniversary of the great women's march of 1956, where women marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the carrying of pass books.

On 9 August 1956, about 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against legislation aimed at tightening the apartheid government's control over the movement of black women in urban areas.

 

Please go out and celebrate this auspicious day!

 

We will profile some of our members on our social media pages this women’s month , please share this.

#WomenInScience #OWSD-SANC #WomensMonth

 

We value you!

The UK-based organization Sense About Science is giving the seventh annual John Maddox Prize, in partnership with Nature, for individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, and who have faced difficulty or hostility in doing so. This can include activities in any of the following areas:

  • Addressing misleading information about scientific issue (including social science and medicine).
  • Bringing sound evidence to bear in a public or policy debate.
  • Helping people to make sense of a complex scientific issue

The prize is international and the organizers are specifically inviting nominations from around the world.

The winner of the John Maddox Prize receives GBP 3000, and an announcement of the winner is published in Nature. The award is presented each year in November at a reception in London.

For more information and to submit a nomination, visit: http://senseaboutscience.org/activities/maddox-nominations/.

Nominations close at 12pm (BST) on Monday, 13 August.

Invitation
HSRC Women’s Day Seminar

Black Women, Leadership and Contemporary Struggles in South African society

Presenters:

  • Dr Naomi Nkealah, Senior lecturer, Department of English Studies, UNISA
  • Ms Nondumiso Nsibande, Executive Director, Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC)
  • Ms Vuyiseka Dubula, Programmes Direcetor, Sonke Gender Justice
  • Dr Heidi Van Rooyen, Executive Director, Human and Social Development, HSRC

Date: 8 August 2017
Time: 12h00  - 14:00
Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)

9 August in South Africa is always a proud commemoration of the leadership and bravery of black women. The courage shown by the leadership of the 1956 Women’s March is a reminder that no struggle is insurmountable and that collective organising and unity can be an invaluable force for change.

Although the Women’s March demonstrated the power of women and resulted in some changes, the South African woman continues to experience challenges which impact on and distort perceptions on the value of women in society.

However, the daily struggle for liberation and freedom continued during apartheid, and continues into the contemporary period. Our work is not done. Black women are breaking new boundaries and setting new standards yet are faced with on-going challenges and perceptions of their competence, value and their worth, within all sectors in South African society. While women are well represented nationally and in the political space particularly, this is yet to be seen at the provincial and local level. Within the research and academic environments, black female emerging researchers struggle to become more established researchers; those who do arrive are deemed exceptional. This is mirrored in various other fora, the boardroom, the newsroom, the classroom, amongst others. This seminar hosted by the HSRC will examine how black women across different sectors respond to the historical challenges borne of gender, class, sexuality and race, how the corridors of power are navigated, and what must be done to truly transform the lived realities of the black women in South Africa towards an equitable society.

 The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST.

Kindly RSVP by 7 August 2017

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street Cape Town, Cape Town. Contact: Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Durban:  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001 , Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Call for Applications is now open for the 4th edition of the Science By Women Programme for Women, Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa.

This programme from the Fundación Mujeres por África is designed to integrate senior African  women scientists in leading Spanish research centers. It aims to promote African women’s leadership in scientific research and technology transfer and to foster the capacity of the research centres in their home countries.

The fellowship provides funding for research stays at the Spanish research centers of six continuous months, which may be split into two stays to be completed within two years after the fellowship has been awarded. Eligible applicants must have at least 3 years of post-doctoral professional experience.


Eligible areas of research are:

  • Health and biomedicine
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Climatic change
  • Physics and materials science
  • Mathematics
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Economic science

You can more information about the programme, including eligibility criteria, the rules and guidelines of the programme, and the application process, at:
https://www.mujeresporafrica.es/en/content/science-women-2018
 
 The deadline for applications for this programme is September 30.

Dear OWSD Members

 

GenderInSITE produced this video to showcases the activities it has been undertaking through the southern African focal point. The video includes interviews with Prof Roseanne Diab and Prof Jennifer Thomson, among others. The aim is to use this video for awareness creation and fundraising.

 

Please click on the link below for the final video that has been produced for GenderInSITE.

https://youtu.be/zJq3EvcvAJ0

 

I hope you enjoy it!

 

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

and the New Zealand High Commission in South Africa

cordially invite you to a public lecture on

Science, Policy and Society –Accelerating Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals

Sir Peter Gluckman, Science Envoy for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Date: Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Time: 13:30 for 14:00 (followed by light refreshments)

Venue: MilkplumRestaurant, Pretoria Botanical Gardens, 2 CussoniaAve, Pretoria (please note that the venue is inside the Botanical Gardens and access will be through the main gate)

RSVP: Click here to confirm your attendance by 8 August 2018

Dear OWSD Stakeholder

 

You are encouraged to participate in the Organization for Women in Science for the developing world (OWSD) Regional Conference – AFRICA.

 

This conference will take place from 13th – 15th November 2017 at icipe, Kasaraniduduville campus, Nairobi, Kenya.

 

For all those who are interested , please see  click on the following for more information.

The call for abstracts

The flyer

 

Thank you.

Extended deadline -Call for Abstracts

ASSAf and its partners –DST, SAYAS & OWSD-SANC, invites abstract submissions for its Annual Young Scientist Conference 2018 whose theme is:

Winning the fight against corruption: A trans-disciplinary approach.

Access Application Forms & more information at: https://bit.ly/2lwnMot

save the date

We would like to remind you to please take a few minutes to help build understanding about the gender gap in STEM worldwide by completing the 2018 Global Survey of Scientists.

As a reminder, this survey is part of the Gender Gap in Science project funded by the International Science Council, which intends to provide sex-disaggregated data on, among other things, motivations to enter STEM fields and challenges faced at various career levels. OWSD is a partner in the project.

The survey's data will be used by the project’s partners to formulate recommendations to policy makers about ways to reduce the gender gap in specific countries, regions or disciplines. However, in order for the survey results to be useful, we need as many responses as we can get; we are aiming for 45,000 responses in total. We encourage you therefore to share the survey with your other contacts – colleagues, students, etc.

The survey takes only about 15-20 minutes, and can be taken in any of seven languages (English, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese). Please note that the survey is not limited to women – in fact, in order to be able to compare data, we need plenty of men to respond too!

All survey responses will be treated anonymously and held in strict confidence. The data is securely stored by the non-profit Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics.

Project Updates

You can read about the progress of the Gender Gap in Science project on the project's blog. Here, they share some statistics about the responses received so far: https://gender-gap-in-science.org/2018/07/13/news-from-the-global-survey-of-scientists/

The survey is only one of three components of the project. Two other components will (1) study the difference in publication patterns between women and men in several disciplines, and (2) create an online database of good practices for initiatives that aim to enhance the participation of girls and women in STEM.

The coordinators of the study on publication patterns recently wrote a very interesting blog post about the difficulties of teaching a computer to recognize the difference between male and female names across many different cultures. Their methodology was also published in a recent paper in the journal PeerJ Computer Science, "Comparison and benchmark of name-to-gender inference services."

We encourage you to check out the project website and, again, please take the Gender Gap survey!

We would like to congratulate our OWSD Member Funeka Nkosi for making it into the Mail and Guardian 2017 Top 200 Young South Africans under science and technology!

follow the link for more information about this amazing young woman!

http://200ysa.mg.co.za/2017/funeka-nkosi/

The Call for Nominations for the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence (AUKNASE).

The Awards are implemented as follows;

  1. The Continental Award, is open to all Scientists, is the highest level of the programme and two successful candidates will be selected across the whole continent. The prize is USD 100,000.
  2. The Regional award is dedicated to Women Scientists and the AUC implements this award in Collaboration with the REC’s. Two successful candidates from each region will each be given a prize of USD 20,000.
  3. The Closing date for Nominations is 10 November 2018

For more information and the nomination form, click here.

OWSD South Africa National Chapter would like to share with you the article published on Elsevier Connect about the Workshop “Mainstreaming gender perspectives in science and technology in Higher Education: Contributions to the advancement of SDGs”, held in Buenos Aires last April. 

This workshop was organized by the UNESCO Regional Chair on Women, Science and Technology in Latin America and the GenderInSITE focal point for Latin America, with the support of the Elsevier Foundation and SIDA, the Swedish International Development Agency. 

Fifteen distinguished international experts shared conclusions and findings on the above topic, to outlining recommendations on how to mainstream the gender perspective in science, innovation, technology and engineering so that scientists and researchers –both male and female- are better positioned to address and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

You can see the article published on Elsevier Connect, by clicking here.

We would greatly appreciate your support in promoting and disseminating it through your respective media channels and networks.

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) together with the

Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) invites you to a symposium on:

The Root Causes of Low Coverage and Under-Immunisation in sub-Saharan Africa

DATE: 30 - 31 July 2018DATE: 30 - 31 July 2018

TIME: 10:00 to 17:30

VENUE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa

RSVP: By 26 July 2018

Click here to complete the online registration form

View the programme here

Dear OWSD Stakeholder

Please note that the call for 2018 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards Nominations for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World are now opened!

Nominations for excellence in research in chemistry, mathematics and physics accepted.

Deadline 15 September 2017

Please follow the link below for more information.

 

https://owsd.net/call-opens-2018-owsd-elsevier-foundation-awards

 

We would like to inform you that the nomination period has now opened for the 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Scientists.

These Awards reward and encourage women working and living in developing countries who are in the early stages of their scientific careers. Awardees must have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment both at a regional and international level and have often overcome great challenges to achieve research excellence.

Each year a total of five Awards are given to women scientists who are within ten years of receiving their PhD. One woman is awarded for each of the four OWSD regions (plus an additional winner from any of the four regions): Africa; the Arab region; Asia and Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean; (see complete list of countries here).

Eligible subject areas for the Awards rotate by year. The eligible fields for 2019 are the biological sciences: agriculture, biology and medicine.

Each winner receives a cash prize of USD 5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the U.S., which is packed with networking opportunities. The winners receive their award at a special networking ceremony, as well as opportunities to attend workshops and sessions at the AAAS meeting, visits to local laboratories or institutions, and a celebratory dinner organized by the Elsevier Foundation.

The award has an important impact on local research cultures. Previous winners say the awards have had a powerful effect, enhancing the visibility of their past work and creating new opportunities for the future. The awardees are powerful role models for young women who are contemplating whether to remain in science.

To submit a nomination, simply visit: https://owsd.net/career-development/awards and click on the 'Submit nomination' button. You may save and and resume your application at any time by clicking on the 'Resume nomination' button.

The deadline for nominations for this Award is 23 September 2018.

You can read about the previous awardees here. A pamphlet about the Awards is also attached.

New Zealand Scholarships 2019: Information wrt Applications

The latest round of New Zealand scholarships for 2019 has just been announced. Kindly find herewith the information in summarised form, as well as the link to the webpage where more information may be obtained.

https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/aid-and-development/scholarships/who-can-apply-for-a-scholarship-3/africa-scholarships/

 

QUOTE:

The New Zealand Aid Programme offers scholarships to people from eligible African countries who are motivated to make a difference at home.

Applications open in early 2018 for tertiary study beginning early 2019. Read Application dates for more information.

Scholarships available

The following scholarship types are available. Follow the links below for more information about the particular scholarship type.

 

New Zealand Development Scholarship

Eligible countries: Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship

 

Eligible Countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Eligibility

Candidates must meet all the New Zealand Scholarships eligibility criteria. Note: there are differing criteria for different scholarships.

Read the full eligibility criteria

Priority Sectors

We want scholars who are interested in studying subjects that can improve the social and economic development of your country. We’ve chosen priority sectors that can help your country and that New Zealand has expertise in.

If you can show that your study is connected to any of these sectors, you are more likely to be selected.

These are the priority sectors:

Agriculture development

  • Agri-business management: agricultural economics, agricultural systems and management, rural development, logistics, supply chain and distribution management, value chain development, agriculture marketing, international agribusiness
  • Agriculture production: animal science, veterinary nursing, plant science, horticultural science, soil science  
  • Agriculture trade and technology: Phytosanitary, bio-security, biotechnology, agricultural trade
  • Post-harvest: food production, food sciences/technology, post-harvest processing, food storage and packaging, food safety

Renewable energy

  • Geothermal, solar, hydro-electric and wind energy, energy engineering, renewable energy distribution systems, energy sector management/reform, including energy economics and financials

Read the What You Can Study page to see examples of qualifications for these subjects.

Selection Preferences

We are guided by both the Priority Sectors (above) and Selection Preferences when shortlisting candidates. 

Make sure you understand our Selection Preferences.

Contact Us

We get many enquiries that can be answered by reading the extensive information on our website. For example, see Eligibility, How to Apply or frequently asked questions.

 

For questions which are not answered by the information on this website, submit an online enquiry here (external link).

The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) invites you to nominate suitable candidates for the prizes below. 

Call for Nominations: TWAS-SAREP Regional Young Scientists’ Prize 2018- Water and Sanitation (link)

The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) seeks to honour an outstanding young scientist who has made significant contribution to research, development and capacity building to improve sustainability of water and sanitation-related activities and programmes in the developing world. This includes water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimising release of hazardous chemicals and materials. It can also cover protection and restoration of water-related ecosystems, wastewater treatment, recycling and reusing technologies. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. The deadline is 20 August 2018

Call for Nominations: TWAS Regional Prize 2018- Science Diplomacy (link)

TWAS-SAREP seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has collaborated on trans-boundary research projects contributing to, or made possible by, good international relations in the developing world. The ideal candidate must have made significant contributions to the application of diplomacy in Science and Technology to industry or to human well-being in the developing world. Awareness creation of 'Science Diplomacy' in the research and diplomatic communities is of critical importance in Africa. Steady Intergovernmental relations contribute and can be viewed as a guarantor of successful research collaborations. This builds trust amongst diverse and various stakeholders in developing countries. The deadline is 20 August 2018

All completed nomination forms must be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the closing date, quoting the name of the prize in the subject line e.g Nomination for Dr David Smith- TWAS Regional Prize 2018

i hope you are aware that today , 23 June 2017 is International Women in Engineering Day!

 

The Royal Academy of Engineer will be launching a video profiling 5 women engineers from Mozambique, Uganda, Palestine, Germany and the UK to mark celebrations for the day.

 

All five role models have been actively involved with the Academy through its International, Queen Elizabeth Prize, Enterprise Hub and other activities and have a fascinating story to tell about their different routes into STEM. The video also highlights the important role both men and women can play as allies to help improve diversity and inclusion in the profession.

 

The ‘Women in engineering – let’s change the world’ video will be launched tomorrow 23 June at www.raeng.org.uk and will also be uploaded on Academy’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ17qoR9JJk1XuNirnLx3vl8LJS1BgX85 . Please note that this link is under embargo until 00.01 23 June 2017.

 

For your information, I am attaching the INWED video press release and some suggested tweets. It would be great if you could share the above link with your networks and pass on this information to your communications teams to support promotion of the clip.

 

In addition to the overall ‘Women in engineering – let’s change the world’ video, we have also produced 12 additional short social media clips where the 5 role models cover specific topics including; ‘Men as Allies’, ‘ What is engineering like?’ and ‘Women in engineering’. All clips can be accessed via the YouTube link provided above.

 

Please remember to hashtag #EngDiversity, #INWED17 and tag @RAEngNews. If you are planning anything exciting tomorrow let us know and we will promote via Academy’s channels too.

 

Thank you all in advance for help and happy INWED!

Entrepreneurship Interactive Chat

Tuesday, July 10

11:00 a.m. EDT (3:00 p.m. UTC)

GIST

Links

Event Page (in English): http://www.gistnetwork.org/content/gist-online (http://bit.ly/GISTTechConn)

Event Page (In Spanish): http://bit.ly/TCEspanol

Event Page (In French): http://bit.ly/TCFrancais

Program Description

While investment in women-led startups has historically been low, the paradigm has shifted in recent years, predominantly by women investors actively investing in women-led ventures.  Gender-lens investing model, a practice of investing for financial return while also considering the benefits to women,  has increased access to resources and capital for women across the globe and led the charge in reshaping the investor community.  With an increased focus on gender-lens investing, women entrepreneurs have been able to scale and grow their ventures to new heights – a trend that looks to continue into the future.

Join us for the “Women Investing in Women” TechConnect, on Tuesday, July 10 at 11:00 a.m. EDT (3:00 p.m. UTC), with our expert panelists Gwen Edwards and Elissa Freiha, who are active women investors identifying, funding, and supporting women-led ventures.

You can ask the live panel of experts your questions by using the chatbox to the right of the video player. You can also send your questions to the panel by using #GISTTechConnect on Twitter.

Why Participate:

- Listen to a panel of experts discuss women investing in women-led startups

- Ask the experts your questions about how to identify and support women entrepreneurs

- Learn how investing in women can strengthen your local entrepreneurial community

Speaker Biographies

Gwen Edwards

Trustee and Co-Chair, Angel Resource Institute

Gwen brings more than 30 years of experience building products, services, and profitable business units in high technology sectors. From Stanford Research Institute to Fortune 50 executive (SBC, Nortel Networks, Bell Canada, to Venture Capital backed technology start up CEO and advisor), she unites the knowledge of successful brands, experience with scale, and the skills of managing innovation. Since 2001, Gwen has been working in advisory capacities with angel and venture backed companies assisting with capital formation, key milestone achievement to enhance value, developing target market strategies, cultivating customer input, and assisting in the execution of key deliverables.

Elissa Freiha

Founder, Womena

Elissa Freiha is an angel investor, speaker and founder of WOMENA, an angel network and platform for diversity in Entrepreneurship. An active angel with more than 40 investments, she has won numerous awards including being the first female recipient of Investor of the Year at the StartUp Awards. She is frequently listed by media, most notably by the BBC as one of their 30 women under 30, and by Arabian Business as one of the 100 most influential Arabs. Elissa received her BA in Global Communications from the American University of Paris, the city in which she was born and raised.

Hillina Kebede

Partner, Score 3 Angels

Hilina is a partner at Score 3, an organization focused on creating Social, Financial and Knowledge Capital for woman and minority founders. Intense focus on entrepreneurial inclusion and social impact allows Score 3 to uncover lucrative opportunities for early stage investors. Hilina is an advisor at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Maryland, a mentor at the Founder Institute and volunteer organizer at TEDx MidAtlantic.
 
Hilina has spent over 10 years leading technology and business transformation for Fortune 500 companies in the areas of Innovation, Product Development, Digital Strategy, eCommerce, Retail Merchandising, CRM and Supply Chain Management. Hilina is motivated by an intense desire to learn and make the world a better place by solving problems that matter to markets and to society. She is passionate about people, design, technology and transforming ideas into products that matter

Christina Tamer, Chat Expert

Program Officer, VentureWell

Christina works directly with VentureWell’s early stage innovators as they move to high-growth startups seeking their first round of investment capital. Christina’s role includes running VentureWell’s investment-readiness training, ASPIRE, as well as investment activity. Previously, she worked with a seed-stage impact investment fund. The experiences there now allow her to support VentureWell’s startups with real-world examples of what to do and what not to do on the path to commercialization. She holds a BS in Marketing and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

hsrc seminar

Dear OWSD Network,

The Research Department of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) has opened the Call for Applications for its AIMS Small Research Grants in Climate Change Science programme:  https://www.nexteinstein.org/research/call-for-apps-sm-research-grants/

These grants will support projects that make substantive use of mathematical concepts to provide solutions to climate change issues in Africa. Projects will be supported for a period of 6 to 12 months at a non-recurring maximum cost of USD 10,000 per Grantee.

The grants are open to applicants of African descent who may be residing anywhere in the world; however, applicants not based in Africa must be able to hold the grant in an institution on the continent. Applicants must hold a doctorate in a quantitative discipline including, but not limited to, applied mathematics, climatology, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistical ecology, or engineering. The full Call for Applications with further eligibility criteria and more information is attached here.

The deadline for applications is 30 July 2018.

AIMS is also still welcoming applications for its Research Chairs in Climate Change Science programme: https://www.nexteinstein.org/research/call-for-applications-ccchair/

funekaWe would like to congratulate our OWSD Memner Funeka Nkosi who was selected  to attend the Lindau  Nobel Laureates Meeting Ifor chemistry in Gremany, she was nominated by the academy of Science of South Africa   #OWSDSA-NC

see what she had to say here

 

Dear OWSD network,

We are happy to inform you OWSD is now officially accepting applications for the new fellowship for Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS). Simply click on 'Apply now' to begin your application. You may also save your application at any time to continue working on it later; click 'Resume' to continue. Please note that application materials will be accepted only through the online system.

As a reminder, this fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000, generously provided by Canada’s IDRC/CRDI, and is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) who have completed their PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and are employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the eligible countries. ECWS fellows will be supported for two years to continue their research at an international level while based at their home institutes, to build up research groups that will attract international visitors, and to link with industry.

Though applications must be submitted in English, all information about the programme is also available in French on the website. The full Call for Applications in both languages is attached here.

The deadline for completed online applications is 31 August 2018.

Questions may be sent to earlycareer [at] owsd.net

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) is pleased to invite you to nominate suitable candidates for the following prizes: TWAS-Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Prize; TWAS-Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Prize; TWAS-Abdool Karim Prize; TWAS-C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research; and TWAS-Atta-ur-Rahman Prize in Chemistry.

  1. 1.TWAS-Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Prize

Eligible candidates:

Women scientists from Scientifically and Technologically Lagging (STL) countries.  Nominations for the 2017 prize are invited in the field of Medical Sciences. For a list of STL countries, please visit: https://twas.org/node/2329

 

2.TWAS-Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Prize - NEW

Eligible candidates:

The 2017 prize will be awarded to a female scientist living and working in a Least Developing Country (LDC) for scientific achievements in conservation and management of natural resources. For a list of LDCs please visit: https://twas.org/node/2292

 

3.TWAS-Abdool Karim Prize - NEW

Eligible candidates:

Women scientists in Low Income African countries for their scientific achievements in Biological Sciences. For a list of eligible country, please visit: https://twas.org/opportunity/twas-abdool-karim-priz

 

4.TWAS-C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research

Eligible candidates:

TWAS Fellows from the world's Least Developed Countries (LDCs), who have made significant contributions to global science. For a list of Least Developing Countries, please visit the following TWAS web-page: http://twas.org/node/2292

 

5.TWAS-Atta-ur-Rahman Prize in Chemistry

Eligible candidates

Young chemists (under the age of 40), national of a developing country, who have been living and working in a Scientifically and Technologically (ST)-lagging country for a minimum of two years immediately prior to their application. All fields of Chemistry are eligible. For a revised list of ST-lagging countries please visit the following TWAS web-page: http://twas.org/67-countries

The duly completed form (see attached), full CV with list of publications, and supporting statement related to your candidates for the TWAS-Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Prize,  the TWAS-Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Prize and the TWAS-Abdool Karim Prize must reach TWAS secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than 10 July 2017.

 

The dossiers for the TWAS-C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research and the TWAS-Atta-ur-Rahman Prize in Chemistry must reach TWAS secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than 26 June 2017.

 

find forms below.

 

1. AF_Atta-ur-RahmanPrize form

 

2. NF_TWAS-Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Prize

 

3. NF_TWAS-SamiraOmarPrize_2017_

 

4. NF_TWAS-AbdoolKarimPrize_2017

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have launched a Call for research proposals: “Rapid Research Fund for Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks”. 

The Call aims to support social science and humanities, population and public health and/or health systems research to increase collaboration and adaptive scaling of past evidence-based interventions that have proven successful in curbing Ebola Virus Disease transmission, promote novel approaches to remaining challenges, and link existing resources and expertise across the globe to inform the response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease that started in April 2018 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as inform  prevention and response to future outbreaks of Ebola Virus Disease and other similar diseases. Specific aims of the Call are to enhance the mobilization of interdisciplinary teams of Canadian and African health and social scientists and humanists, as well as knowledge users, to help contain the current Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and prevent or mitigate the impact of future Ebola Virus Disease and similar threats to the region.

Please refer to the attached documents for more details.  More Information is available on our website.

Deadline to apply: 13 July, 2018 at 12:00pm EDT (Ottawa)

Science Today   Call to action 1

The 500 Women Scientists project has launched an initiative, Request a Woman Scientist, to promote the visibility of women scientists in the media, at scientific conferences, at universities, and in government. 

As they put it, "Too often, high-profile articles, conference panels, and boards are filled with a disproportionate number of male voices. News stories are reported by more men by a huge margin, and this imbalance is reflected in how frequently women are quoted in news stories unless journalists make a conscious effort to reach out."

The Request a Woman Scientist initiative aims to correct this imbalance by creating a platform to create an extensive, multidisciplinary network of vetted women in science and to connect them with anyone who needs to consult a scientist for a news story, invite a keynote speaker or panelist for a conference or workshop, find a woman scientist to collaborate on a project, or serve as a subject matter expert in any capacity.

Women scientists in any discipline and country can sign up to be a resource through the project's website by filling out a simple form, at:

https://500womenscientists.org/request-a-scientist/

The database of women experts can be filtered by country, discipline, level of expertise and interests, so if you are putting together an event and would like to see more participation by women, this is a very handy resource.

We invite you all to take a look and consider registering as a resource yourself - your expertise is needed!

Human Sciences Research Council

                                                                                                                           HSRC to recognise outstanding contributions in the social sciences and humanities

 

Pretoria, Monday 24 April 2017 To recognise scientists and researchers who have contributed positively to the social sciences and humanities, the Human Sciences Research Council invites nominations for the HSRC Medal for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

The Medal is awarded on an annual basis to a scholar who has made an outstanding contribution through his or her research and publications in any discipline and field in the social sciences and humanities.

 

Overarching criteria

For consideration, a nominee must have the following:

1. a record of sustained academic excellence in the social sciences and humanities;

2. an international reputation for his or her scholarship;

3. a strong record of contribution to the public’s understanding of social sciences and/or humanities

4. evidence of meaningful, impactful work over a period of time, e.g. impact on public policy, community interventions etc.

 

Qualifying criteria

Nominees must live and work in South Africa

 

Nomination process

Nominations must be submitted in writing, as per the attached format and can be e-mailed to the Director Stakeholder Relations and Communications, Ms Manusha Pillai on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nominations will be accepted until the 30th of June 2017.

 

Selection and awarding

The HSRC will appoint an adjudication panel which will consider the nominations and select a winner.

The award will be presented during a ceremony hosted by the HSRC on the 31 August 2017.

 

Form of award

A medal and a monetary prize of R50 000-00.

 

Enquiries can be directed to Manusha Pillai at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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EQUALS in Tech Awards: Call for Nominations

EQUALS, a global initiative to promote gender equality online and in the tech sector, has opened the Call for Nominations for its annual EQUALS in Tech Awards.

These awards are given to people who are helping girls and women get equal access, skills, and opportunities online and in the tech industry. Winners get a paid trip to the awards ceremony, opportunities to network with entrepreneurs, activists, teachers, and leaders, and membership on an advisory panel that chooses future award winners.

Awards are given in four categories:

  • Access - Ideas that improve women's and girls' digital technology access, connectivity and security
  • Skills - Ideas that support development of women's and girls' STEM skills
  • Leadership - Ideas that promote women in decision-making roles within the ICT field or initiatives promoted by tech sector companies to bridge the digital gender divide
  • Research - Initiatives that work to expand digital gender divide knowledge in support of evidence-based decision making.

Some examples of eligible ideas could be: a plan to use social media to help women farmers in Kenya predict the weather; figuring out how to get mobile phones to Native Canadian teen girls in rural towns; working on reducing the representation and pay gap for women in Silicon Valley; or preventing AI algorithms from perpetuating gender bias.

If you or someone you know is working on a cool project about girls and women in tech, nominate them for the EQUALS in Tech Awards:

https://www.equals.org/2018-awards

The awards are open to civil society, government agencies, UN system and international organizations, companies and academia.

The deadline for nominations is 20 July 2018.

                                                         TWAS Research and Advanced Training Fellowship: 2017 Call for Applications

TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, www.twas.org, is now accepting applications for the TWAS Research and Advanced Training Fellowship programme.

The fellowships are offered to scientists from developing countries and are tenable at centres of excellence in various developing countries.

Eligible fields include one or more of the following: agricultural and biological sciences, medical and health sciences, chemistry, engineering, astronomy, space and earth sciences, mathematics and physics.

Please see http://www.twas.org/opportunity/twas-fellowships-research-and-advanced-training for the latest information regarding the above programme, including eligibility criteria, guidelines, etc.

Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply.
The closing date is 1 October 2017.

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Sub-Saharan Africa to receive £25M in new programme aimed at early career scientists

A new sub-Saharan Africa grant scheme, Future Leaders – African Independent Researchers (FLAIR) Fellowships, opens for applications today (21 May 2018). The scheme offers talented African early career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their field, the opportunity to develop an independent research career in a sub-Saharan African institution.

The programme is being run in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Royal Society, with support from the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

The aims of the FLAIR fellowship programme are:

  • Developing Africa’s next generation of research leaders - supporting talented early career African researchers to establish their scientific independence, focus on developing their research and become leaders in their chosen discipline covering natural sciences.
  • Supporting excellent research - enabling African researchers to address areas of global significance across the natural sciences through high-quality research, advancing knowledge and innovation which aims to benefit their country and address aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Enhancing research environments - working through relevant partners, awards will contribute towards institutional research capacity strengthening and establishing good financial grants practice in African universities and research institutions.
  • Fostering collaboration and impact – establishing mutually beneficial long-term links between African Fellows and UK researchers to harness the expertise of the UK research base through equitable partnerships and enhancing knowledge exchange and translation into sustainable policy and practical benefits.

Professor Richard Catlow, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society said:

“We are delighted to have joined in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences, and are looking forward to working together with support from the Global Challenges Research Fund, to launch the FLAIR Fellowships.

“Science is a truly global endeavour that benefits from a diversity of approaches and experiences. Our ambition for FLAIR is that it will help to establish the next generation of leading African scientists, supporting them in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences to realise their goals and forge independent paths in research, whilst addressing the global challenges that are directly relevant to their countries and developing countries more broadly. FLAIR also provides an opportunity for these future leading scientists to tap into the network of scientific excellence that both the Academies’ represent, to take advantage of training and mentoring opportunities, as well as building lasting connections and international collaborations with peers across Africa and UK scientists.”

Professor Felix Dapare Dakora, AAS President said:

 “The AAS sees postdoctoral training as a critical stepping-stone to a successful research career and to promote globally competitive research in African universities and research institutions. This partnership with the Royal Society enables us to address critical gaps in the continent’s research capacity to ensure thriving ecosystems and catalyse science-driven enterprises as well as to help African scientists to develop their careers and to support them to provide solutions to improve the quality of lives for all Africans.”

Dear NASAC friends,

 

We are glad to share with you an opportunity that we are sure will be of interest to MSc and PhD students or Postdocs working in the area of water:

an advanced international training course on Integrated Water Resources Management.

A team of high-level international experts will be giving a 15-day course, which will be offered to 40 participants coming from different regions of the world.

 

The course will be given in English and full financial support (air ticket and hospitality in Brazil) will be provided to the selected candidates.

Coordinated by the International Institute of Ecology, chaired by Prof. José Galizia Tundisi, and funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the course is supported by the International Hydrological Program/UNESCO, the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the São Paulo State Water Utility (SABESP), and the Acqua National Institute of Science and Technology.

 

We kindly ask your assistance to disseminate this opportunity to potential candidates., as international participation is strongly desired.

 

Application must be submitted by the deadline of May 31. Please find further info at http://iie.com.br/curso-internacional/

 

Invitation Second ASSAf Presidential Roundtable: Science, Scholarship and Society

Please find an invitation to ASSAf’s 2nd Presidential Roundtable on Changing Campus Cultures and the Future of South African Universities – the discussion will be moderated by ASSAf President, Prof Jonathan Jansen and will take place at the Country Club – Johannesburg on 30 May 2018.

Call for new members of the Organisation of Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD) 2017

 

The Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is calling for applications for membership from South African residents (citizens, permit holders and permanent residents). Membership allows for engagement in activities of both OWSD International and OWSD South Africa National Chapter. Becoming a member also enables you to have access to all the opportunities offered by OWSD International and its partners aimed at advancing your career development. OWSD arranges activities which provide networking opportunities, science communication or public engagement training skills and science& policy development for its members.

 

Background on OWSD International

OWSD is an international organisation, headquartered with the offices of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy. Its central role is to promote women’s access to science, technology and innovation (STI) thus enhancing their greater involvement in the decision-making processes for the development of their countries and in the international scientific community. Created in 1989 OWSD’s overall goal is to work towards bridging the gender gap in STI, and uses its forum for intellectual discussions to assist in the development of national capabilities to evolve, explore, and improve strategies for increasing female participation in science.

 

Background on the OWSD South African National Chapter

The OWSD South Africa National Chapter (OWSD SA NC) is hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). It was inaugurated in 2009 and is constituted by OWSD members residing in South Africa who fully support the objectives and activities of OWSD, and aim to enhance and promote female participation in STI professions, in scientific leadership, and in the decision-making processes at the national level. It is led by an Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction on the implementation of its activities. The OWSD SA NC is the instrument through which gender in STI activities are implemented by ASSAf, and falls under its International Liaison Program. The OWSD SA NC aims to influence policy through providing evidence-based science advice to policy makers and other stakeholders to address national issues in relation to gender in science and technology. It has been appointed as the southern African focal point of GenderInSITE (Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering), a global initiative to raise the awareness of decision makers on the gender and SITE dimension of development, aimed at both women and men. It works in partnership with the SADC secretariat and African academies of science to support policy development, human capital development as well as promotion and awareness-raising of women in SITE.

 

Vision: To shape the future of South Africa by contributing to gender equality in science, technology and innovation.

 

Why you should be affiliated to the OWSD South African National Chapter

As a member in South Africa you will be affiliated to the South African National Chapter which provides the following benefits:

  • Access to information regarding fellowships, awards, training opportunities and conferences;
  • Increase awareness of gender issues in STI;
  • Participation in mentorship initiatives;
  • Opportunity to contribute expertise for South Africa, Africa’s and the world’s developmental agenda;
  • Access to information regarding other National System of Innovation (NSI) organisations and/or stakeholders within and beyond South Africa;
  • Networking with other women in STI through the General Assembly and Conference biennially, and other opportunities facilitated by the National Chapter; and
  • Opportunity to access training and information on gender mainstreaming, the importance of applying the gender lens in policymaking and implementation, and women in STI leadership
  • Profiling on the OWSD National Chapter website and other platforms on provision of such information

Eligibility

The three categories of membership of OWSD are as follows:

Full Member

Affiliate Member

 

Associate Member

 

  • Woman
  • MSc or PhD in sciences, engineering or related sciences
  • Committed to the objectives of OWSD
  • Only individual full members can vote in the OWSD General Assemblies to elect new members of the OWSD executive board
  • Woman
    • BSc in sciences, engineering or related sciences
  • Committed to the objectives of OWSD
    • Man or woman
    • M or PhD in social sciences or humanities, engineering or related sciences
    • Committed to the objectives of OWSD
   

                                              

Membership Application Process

To become a member of OWSD, you simply register on the OWSD International website (https://owsd.net). Register at https://owsd.net/user/register . Registration will require your updated curriculum vitae, list of publications where possible or available, your passport size photo and other information. Your information will be used for OWSD related activities only. When the system works, all members that register receive an automatic message with following sentence:As an OWSD member you are also invited to join the National Chapter for your country. Full lists of OWSD National Chapters and the OWSD members in your region are available on our website.

For more information visit our websites as follows:

https://www.assaf.org.za/index.php/about-assaf/council-members/2-uncategorised/98-

http://www.owsdsa.org.za/index.php

Facebook: OWSD SA National Chapter

Twitter: @OWSD_SA

Application for membership is open between May and September every year. Membership received after September will be considered for the following year

For more information please contact

Mr Stanley Maphosa (International Liaison Manager)

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Tel: +27 12 349 6647/Cell: 073 825 41

Prof Roseanne Diab (Executive Officer)

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Tel: +27 31 764 6410/Cell: +27 83 284 3008

 

 

Mathematical and natural sciences have long and honorable traditions of participation by highly creative women contributors. However, the percentages of women scientists remain shockingly low and there is a significant gender gap at all levels between women and men. Barriers to achievement by women persist, especially in developing countries.

The project “A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?” will produce sound data to support the choices of interventions that ICSU and member unions can feasibly undertake.

Currently, existing data on participation of women in the mathematical and natural sciences is scattered, outdated, and inconsistent across regions and research fields. The project will provide evidence to support the making of informed decisions on science policy. Temporal trends will be included, as the situation of women in science is constantly evolving, sometimes with some negative developments. Data will be collected via both a joint global survey and a bibliographic study of publication patterns. The survey is planned to reach 45,000 respondents in more than 130 countries using at least 10 languages, while the study of publication patterns will analyze comprehensive metadata sources corresponding to publications of more than 500,000 scientists since 1970. Contrasts and common ground across regions and cultures, less developed and highly developed countries, men and women, mathematical and natural sciences, will be highlighted.

Moreover, the project aims to provide easy access to materials proven to be useful in encouraging girls and young women to study and pursue education in mathematics and natural sciences. Regional information about careers, jobs and salaries directed at parents, schools, and other relevant agents, will be provided.

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Dear OWSD Stakeholder

 

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) invites you to nominate suitable candidates for the TWAS Regional Prize. TWAS-ROSSA seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has made significant contributions to popularise science, and has developed new strategies that serve the popularization of science and technology in the developing world. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. The ideal candidate would meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Scientific research achievement of outstanding significance for the development of scientific thought.

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2018 call for applications is open

PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries

The Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) to undertake PhD research in the Natural, Engineering and Information Technology sciences at a host institute in the South.

The 2018 Call for Applications is open.

Purpose

The programme is administered with funds generously provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is offered in partnership with host institutes throughout the developing world.

The general purpose of the fellowship programme is to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of women leaders in science and technology, and to promote their effective participation in the scientific and technological development of their countries.

The specific aims of the fellowship programme are:

  • To improve access to educational and training opportunities in science and technology for young and talented women graduates from STLCs.
  • To increase the scientific productivity and creativity of women scientists in STLCs.
  • To empower a new generation of talented women to assume a leadership role in science and technology.
  • To encourage women scientists to contribute to the sustainable development of their home countries.
  • To enable women scientist from the South to collaborate and network on a regional and international level.

Fellowship support

Candidates can choose between two study schemes:

  • full-time fellowship (maximum 4 years funding), where the research is undertaken entirely at a host institute in another developing country in the South.
  • sandwich fellowship, where the candidate must be a registered PhD student in her home country and undertakes part of her studies at a host institute in another developing country.
    The sandwich fellowship is awarded for a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 research visits at the host institute. The minimum duration of the first visit is 6 months. The total number of months spent at the host institute cannot exceed 20 months. The funding period cannot exceed 4 years.
    OWSD particularly encourages candidates to consider the sandwich option, which allows them to earn the PhD in their home country while accessing specialist researchers and equipment abroad, at the host institute.

The fellowship support is only provided while the student is on site, at the host institute.

For more information regarding this amazing opportunity, click here.

Dear OWSD  Stakeholder

 

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) would like to kindly request TWAS and AAS fellows, TWAS Affiliates, Science Academies and fellows, Young Academies of Science, Research Institutions, Research Councils, Universities, Government entities, and individual scientists from the Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLC’s) listed below to submit applications/

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Dear OWSD Members,

Kindly note that we are in the process of updating member information for the website and our database.

Please email a short summary of yourself, as well as a good quality photo of yourself (jpeg). This is to be posted on the website.

Kindly ensure we have the most recent contact details to ensure you are kept up to date with news and opportunities. This information will be kept private.

Contact:

Elzarie Swanepoel

Liaison Officer for Gender - Science, Technology and Innovation

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

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On 6 and 7 October 2016, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) hosted the 2016 Annual Young Scientist Conference in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology; the South African Young Academy of Science; Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE); and the South African Chapter of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World. The conference explored and discussed human rights in Africa in many of its dimensions to celebrate 2016 as the ‘African Year of Human Rights with Particular Focus on the Rights of Women’. (This article on Sex and gender transformation in Africa  was authored by Retired Judge of the Constitutional Court, Zak Yacoob and published in the SAJS)

Dear Colleagues

We would like to invite you to participate in International Data Week 2018, in one of the following ways:

About IDW2018

International Data Week 2018 (IDW 2018) will be held on 5-8 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana. Hosted by the Botswana Open Science and Open Data Forum, IDW 2018 will bring together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers and data stewards from all disciplines and geographies across the globe.

Co-organized by the ICSU World Data System (WDS), the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), the Research Data Alliance (RDA), University of Botswana (UoB) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), IDW 2018 combines the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting, the bi-annual meeting of the research data community, and SciDataCon 2018, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research. To a greater degree than at IDW 2016 in Denver, Colorado, the events will be integrated, such that each day will feature an inspiring and engaging range of activities.

In a hyper-connected world where the Internet is pervasive and web technologies are driving major changes in our lives, research has become more than ever before digital and international. With the theme of ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’, this landmark event will be a rich week of science and data, featuring world renowned keynote speakers, plenary panels and discussions, and the presentation of high quality research and practical working sessions for international collaborations.  Focus topics will include:

  • Research issues in a global and digital age
  • Applications, progress and challenges of data intensive research
  • Data infrastructure and enabling practices for international and collaborative research

All areas of research are in scope, including the social sciences, humanities, and business and management sciences. Similarly, the applications of data outside of research will also be considered.  

Thank you for your support to help make this event a success, putting the focus on data intensive research happening on the African continent.

On behalf of the IDW2018 Programme Committee

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) is critical in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as it lays the foundation for new approaches and technologies to identify and tackle global challenges affecting sustainable development (United Nations, 2016). Evidence based data is important for policy formulation, implementation, evaluation and monitoring in addressing various challenges of basic needs and climate resilience. As a result, the collection of STI data and statistics is critical for analysing progress in meeting the SDG targets and informing policy. The UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS), established for data capturing and development through partnerships with other statistical organizations, such as Eurostat shows very little data on trends in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Africa, with the recently launched UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030 reflecting the same situation. 

To highlight the need to urgently address gaps in STI data collection, the recent SADC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Education, Science and Technology held on 30th June 2016 at the SADC Headquarters in Botswana, acknowledged and emphasised the need for data collection, analysis and reporting as an integral to efforts in informing policy and addressing issues such as gender equality in science for Africa. With regards to science data development, UNESCO ROSA organized a GenderInSITE- Africa training session in July 2015 which catalysed discussions on the development of a set of indicators for progress monitoring and evaluation of gender responsiveness of national STI policies and governance strategies by experts, academics and policy makers from 9 African countries. One of the recommendations from the GenderInSITE workshop called for up scaling the training to include science data development.

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Gender gap in science—2018 global survey of mathematical, computing and natural scientists

A major global survey is aiming to answer a big question: How can we measure and reduce the gender gap in science?

The Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists is being run by the International Council for Science and is open until 31 October 2018. The survey is targeting 45,000 respondents in multiple languages to develop a better knowledge of the gender gap in global science.

The survey will explore comparisons across regions, countries, disciplines, level of development of the country, sector of employment and age. It will also look at scientists’ development of interest in science, experiences in education and careers, family support, access to resources needed to conduct science, and opportunities to contribute to the scientific enterprise.

Read more: https://www.science.org.au/academy-newsletter/may-2018-116/gender-gap-science—2018-global-survey-mathematical-computing-and

 

The Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology, in collaboration with the Network of African Science Academies, GenderInSITE Southern Africa and a range of other organisations hosted a communication event to introduce a policymakers' booklet on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in Africa. The event was held on 4 and 5 July 2016 in Mauritius and brought together some 60 representatives from across Africa.

The advisory booklet analyses the current conditions relating to climate change in Africa and makes recommendations for African governments to promote better mitigation and adaption strategies, including key policy actions and interventions specific to water, agriculture and food security, fisheries, coastal and urban zones, and human health. The Southern Africa focal point organised a session on 'Applying a gender lens to Climate Change' on 4 July 2016 where a panel of experts engaged the audience on issues relating to the gender dimensions of Climate Change with a focus on the countries they originate from. The session, led by ASSAf council member, Prof Himla Soodyall, addressed the following questions:

  1. Why it is important to apply the gender lens in climate change research? Vulnerability and adaptation assessments with a gender dimension.
  2. What is the role of young academies of science in advocating for the application of the gender lens to climate change adaptation and resilience?
  3. Why gendered innovations? Conceptualising and implementing technologies and innovations to promote inclusive development.
  4. Why is it important to integrate gender concerns in climate change communication and decision making in Africa?

"Mainstreaming gender segregated approaches in adaptation and mitigation of Climate Change interventions is crucial", highlighted Prof Amon Murwira from the University of Zimbabwe.

Other participants also discussed gender-sensitive approaches for adaptation and mitigation while highlighting specific challenges unique to African countries.

On 5 July 2016, another session presented another opportunity to specifically address the role of gender in responding to climate change. This session on 'Gender and Technology in Climate Change: The Opportunities and Challenges in the African Context,' took place on 5 July 2016 and was led by Ms Stella Gama, Deputy Director of the Department of Forestry in Malawi.

Dear Colleagues,

The organisers of the ICSU Gender Gap in Science project have assembled a Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists, and would like to invite you all to participate in the survey.

Please letter of invitation from the Survey Coordinators Marie-Francoise Roy Mei-Hung Chiu. 

As women in the sciences with invaluable experiences and insights on this issue, we strongly encourage you to take the survey, which is available on the website in seven languages. Thank you for contributing to reduce the gender gap in science around the world.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE), the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World South Africa Chapter (OWSD-SANC), and the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) will be hosting the Annual Young Scientists' Conference from 6 to 7 October 2016. The conference is aligned to the 2016 African Union Year Theme, "Year of Human Rights with Special Focus on Rights of Women" and it is titled "Human Rights".

Conference sub-themes

The theme of the conference is, "Human Rights". The conference will focus on four key issues relevant in the area of human rights and the inter-relationships between them. All four sub-themes are of particular importance to Africa. 

      1. Human Rights in Africa: Context and Universality

  • This sub-theme will focus on the factors affecting the realisation of human rights in the African continent and will draw parallels with the nature of human rights in the world in general. It will closely examine the context of human rights in Africa as they relate to race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and culture. It will seek to Analyse human rights as enshrined in the Bill of Rights and their relationship with customary law. Do African cultures have a distinct contribution to make in legitimising, respecting and enforcing universal human rights?

     2. The Social and Scientific Dimensions of Human Sexual Diversity

  • The language of rights relating to sex and gender are used by NGO's, policy makers and scholars. This sub-theme will focus on human rights as they pertain to the LGBT community at large. Social and scientific dimensions on human sexual diversity will be put under scrutiny. Protection of human rights as they relate to sexual diversity is an important area of focus.

     3. Redress of Colonial Heritage in Promoting Human Rights in Africa

  • The social inequalities of class, race, gender, institutions, and colonial symbols have profoundly shaped the African continent. This sub-theme will focus on colonial legacy and its impact on promoting human rights in Africa. What policies are appropriate and effective in redressing this heritage?

     4. Relationship between Science and Human Rights in Africa

  • The role of policy makers is essential in finding a common ground between human rights and ethics in medicine and science. Some of the ethical issues include the exploitation of communities in Africa in the name of medicine and science. This sub-theme will scrutinise the role of science and medicine in achieving human rights in Africa. The relevance of human rights in medicine and science require closer examination as there are fundamental ethical issues in these fields.
Eligibility

This call is open to early career researchers who are based in South Africa. Applicants should meet the following criteria to participate:

  • Be based in South Africa
  • Be under the age of forty (40)
  • Be in possession of at least a Master's degree
  • Have research interests in the conference sub-themes
  • Commit to be present for the duration of the symposium
  • Submit abstracts that will be the basis for presentation at the symposium
  • Be willing to present and share current research results at the conference
Conference Participation and Application

ASSAf invites submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations in one of the sub-themes outlined above. The application form should be completed and sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel: +27 (0)12 349 6614 by Friday 15 July 2016. There is no registration fee to attend the conference. Further information about the conference will be circulated to the candidate.

General Conference Information

For any further information on the conference please contact: Ms Edith Shikumo Tel: +27 (0)12 349 6614 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dear colleagues,

The Kenya National Academy of Sciences(KNAS) will be hosting an event on 28 June to celebrate the Scientific Revival Day of Africa.

Sub-Themes:-

  1. Migration and Geographical Distribution of Brain Drain in the world.
  2. Brain Drain and Brain Gain; Technology Transfer and Development.
  3. Economic Impact of Brain Drain.
  4. Policies and Strategies for turning Brain Drain and Brain Gain into opportunities for transformation of Kenya’s Economy into Knowledge Economy.
  5. Science, Technology and Capacity Building Frameworks.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Prepare a concise informative abstract of your presentation not exceeding 250 words typed in single – spaced and 12 point Times New Roman. The abstract should state briefly the objectives, policy problem, Methodology, findings and Policy recommendations. Abbreviations should be avoided, but if necessary, they must be defined at their first mention. Abstracts in both doc(x) and pdf formats should be submitted as an email attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Indicate in your E-mail the category of your abstract whether it’s for oral/ poster presentation. Only one abstract per author is permitted.

IMPORTANT DATES

The abstracts should be submitted by May 18th, 2018 and notification of final acceptance will be conveyed by May 31st, 2018. The oral presentations whose papers will be accepted will be required to submit their full papers by 12th June, 2018.

CONTACTS

Kenya National Academy of Sciences Secretariat

P.O. Box 4618 00100 Nairobi, Utalii House, 9th  Floor, Room 924.

Tel: +254 20 311714 Mobile: 0718780649         

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About the event

The OWSD Fifth General Assembly and International Conference on 'Women in Science and Technology for the Developing World' was held on 16 – 19 May 2016 in Kuwait City. The conference was organised by OWSD International and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and brought together over 300 women from various developing countries (most of them OWSD members), to further understand the challenges faced by women in science and technology and to recommend best practices that will enable them to overcome these challenges.

Background

The opening ceremony coincided with the first Kuwait National Women's Day, which highlighted women's scientific achievements. Kuwait has a long history of supporting OWSD and in fact sponsored the first General Assembly in Cairo in 1993, and more recently, KISR hosted the "International Conference on Women in Science and Technology in the Arab Countries" (April 2013). Hence it was very appropriate that the Fifth General Assembly (5GA) and International Conference be held in Kuwait.

Workshops

The South African national chapter hosted an interactive workshop for all national chapters and members on developing best practices and participated in the a enlightening session on 'Applying a gender lens in (your) Research' hosted by GenderInSITE. Another significant workshop took place was on 'Mentoring: What is it, who needs it and how do you get it' organised by AuthorAid.

Jennifer Thomson elected as OWSD President

OWSD South Africa's Chairperson, Prof Jennifer Thomson, was elected as the new President of the organisation at the official gala dinner on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. Four regional Vice Presidents for 2016-2020 were also elected on Wednesday morning, 18 May 2016.

Thomson is Emeritus Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town. She is Co-Founder of South African Women in Science and Engineering. She won the L'Oréal-UNESCO award for Women in Science in 2004 and has an honorary doctorate from the Sorbonne. She has published three books: Genes for Africa, Seeds for the Future and Food for Africa.

Prof Thomson's election to this influential position is a testament to her personal dedication to the promotion of women in and for science, as well as recognition of the support that she will receive from ASSAf in the execution of her duties. It presents an opportunity to raise the profile and impact of the work that is being done in South Africa on such issues.

For more information and photos, please visit http://www.owsd.net/

Concluding the International Forum on “Women and Sustainable Development in Africa”, held from 8 to 10 March 2018, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which was organised by the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), we, the participants, make the following declaration and call for action to enhance the role of women in sustainable development in Africa.

TWAS Regional Prize 2016: Building Scientific Institutions

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has played key roles in the establishment of lively scientific institutions and also who has significantly expanded the activities of established institution(s) in the developing world. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world.

The Award

The award comprises an award certificate with a citation on the winner's scientific achievement, as well as a cash prize of 3000 USD. The winner will be announced at the annual TWAS General Assembly and Conference which will be held from 12–17 November 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda. The prize will be awarded formally by TWAS-ROSSA at a suitable event thereafter.

Eligibility
  • Nominees must be nationals of countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Nominees must have made significant contributions to the establishment and or expansion of scientific institutions in the developing world.
Nomination
  • Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellows, fellow/members of National Academies and Young Academies in the region, Research Institutions, Research Councils and Universities in the region.
  • The nomination of women is highly encouraged.
  • Self-nominations will not be considered.
  • Nominations accompanied by the Nomination Form and all the relevant documents must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 20 June 2016.
Selection

Selection of the awardee will be based on recommendations of a Selection Committee comprising of TWAS Fellows in sub-Saharan Africa.

15th Gender Summit - Europe, 18-19 June 2018 London: "United in Science and Through Science"

Dear Colleagues

Following on the very successful Gender Summit 14- Africa and before we meet again in Nairobi to apply the gender lens to another problem, I thought that perhaps you or colleagues in your networks will be interested to participate in the 15th Gender Summit - Europe where you can meet researchers, policy makers and gender scholars from across Europe and beyond and learn about new evidence, new methods and practices, as well as new policy directions in the area of gender and science (including biological and environmental aspects).  The main aim of this event, as in each past Summit, is to improve research and innovation outcomes for all.

The theme of GS15 is “United in Science and Through Science”, partly to reflect concerns over the impact of Brexit on research and innovation communities, but also because many challenges facing societies today require unity of effort.

GS15 will be  in London on 18-19 June, at the King’s College London Bush House venue (the old headquarters of the BBC World Service). 

The evolving programme is at http://www.gender-summit.com/gs15-eu-2018/gs15-programme-at-a-glance 

Details for Registration and Abstracts are ahttp://www.gender-summit.com/gs15-eu-2018/gs15-registration-abstracts Please share this information. with your colleagues and students.  We would welcome submissions from researchers from outside Europe.

We thank you for your kind support of the Gender Summit mission, and hope that together we will grow stronger networks to better share our knowledge and experience.

The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), founded in September 2011, is calling for applications for new members. This letter is to request nominations of outstanding young scientists who may be elected as members of SAYAS. In the founding year (2011), 20 young scientists were elected. This year, and in following years, 10 members will be elected per year. After five years of service, members will become alumni and will be replaced by newly elected members.

About SAYAS

The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) is the voice of young scientists in South Africa. SAYAS aims to contribute towards solutions to national and global challenges facing society; provide a platform for young scientists to influence policy decisions; contribute towards the development of scientific capacity in South Africa through mentoring and role-modeling of future scientists; and foster opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations amongst young scientists. More information about how SAYAS was founded is available here.

Eligibility

To qualify for nomination, a candidate should meet the following criteria:

  1. Be in possession of a PhD or equivalent degree in any field of scientific enquiry, where science is defined
  2. broadly as encompassing natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, medical sciences and engineering;
  3. Evidence of scientific excellence through a proven publication record, and receipt of honours and awards;
  4. Evidence of activities demonstrating service to society;
  5. Be under the age of 40 years and within 7 years from award of a PhD at the time of nomination. Nomination of candidates who deviate from this profile requires additional motivation.
  6. Be willing to actively work towards achieving the goals of SAYAS.

Institutions/associations/individuals may nominate more than one candidate. A nomination form with guidelines for nominators, and a background document about SAYAS are attached to this letter. Please assist us in circulating these documents widely.

Applicants are requested to send a completed nomination form to Dr Siyavuya Bulani (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 31 May 2016. Unfortunately late submissions will not be accepted. Should you require any further information, please contact Dr Siyavuya Bulani on Tel: 012 349 6646.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has opened the Call for Applications for its ”Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” programme.

This programme for young scientists promotes the international exchange of innovative green ideas.

Applicants must either be currently enrolled in a Master's or PhD programme or have completed their degree no more than three years before the end of the application process. Their research must have a strong focus on sustainable development and an interdisciplinary approach, and they must have an excellent command of English. Applicants are welcomed from all countries (except Germany).

The prize consists of a  two-week Science Forum in Germany, where you will be introduced to renowned research facilities, have individual meetings with experts, and learn about potential collaborations.

Following the Science Forum, you will have the opportunity to return to Germany for up to three months to conduct a research stay at an institute of your choice the year after the Science Forum.

The deadline for applications for this programme is 23 May 2018.

For more information, including required documents and the application form, see:

http://www.greentalents.de/

THEME:  Women's Empowerment and its link to Sustainable Development

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2016 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA). The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women. The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

The theme for the 2016 WISA is Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development, which is the 2016 priority theme for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).

Awards in the distinguished women and distinguished young women researcher categories will be made for research that responds to the theme within the fields of Physical and Engineering Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences. However, the DST Fellowships and TATA Scholarships are not restricted to the theme.

There is a special category within the theme which will award research and innovation (R&I) leading to demonstrable socio-economic impact and/or the empowerment of women.

The 2016 WISA will be presented on 11 August 2016 as part of the Department's celebration of Women's Month. The awards will be made in the following categories:

  1. Awards for Distinguished Woman Researchers
  2. Awards for Distinguished Young Woman Researchers
  3. Awards for R&I leading to Socio-economic Impact and/or Empowerment of Women
  4. DST Fellowships
  5. TATA Africa Scholarships for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology

NOTE:

  1. Winners may be requested to participate in public awareness initiatives led by the DST, at the expense of the Department.
  2. Finalists will be required to submit a short profile and three high-resolution photographs to be used for publicity.

NOMINATION PROCEDURE: Nominations and applications on the attached form should reach the Department of Science and Technology by Friday, 3 June 2016. No late nominations and applications will be accepted.

Nominations and applications should be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information contact Mr Thembinkosi Magasela at 012 843 6338 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nominations and applications should clearly indicate the category and should be accompanied by the documentation specified for each category.

To ensure that you have met all the requirements, please complete and submit the attached checklist.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2018 SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN IN SCIENCE AWARDS

THEME: LEVERAGING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION TO ENHANCE INCLUSIVE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2018 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA).  The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women.  The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

 

The theme for the 2018 WISA is leveraging science, technology and innovation to enhance inclusive growth and development.This theme is adapted from the 2018 priority theme for the 6th BRICS science technology and innovation (STI) Ministerial meeting, which will be hosted by South Africa in July 2018.

 

Awards in the distinguished woman and distinguished young woman researcher categories will be made for research that responds to the theme in the fields of Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Astronomy.  However, the DST Fellowships and TATA Scholarships are not restricted to the theme.

 

Awards will also be made to a category on Research and Innovation (R&I) leading to a demonstrable contribution in enhancing inclusive growth and development.

 

The 2018 WISA will be presented on 16 August 2018 as part of the Department's celebration of Women's Month.

NOMINATIONS/ APPLICATIONS

Nominations and applications on the attached form should reach the Department of Science and Technology by Friday, 18 May 2018. No late submissions will be accepted.

 

Nominations and applications should clearly indicate the category and should be accompanied by the documentation specified for each category.

To ensure that you have met all the requirements, please complete and submit the attached checklist.

 

Nominations and applications clearly indicating the category, should be submitted electronically (using the attached form) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

NB: Please note that further correspondence will be only entered into with shortlisted finalists.

 

For more information contact Mr Thembinkosi Magasela at 012 843 6338 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDC) at Centres of Excellence in the South

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is offering a postgraduate fellowship to women scientists who would like to pursue training leading to a doctorate degree in a field of the natural sciences. 

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PEER is happy to announce a new initiative aimed at supporting the career development of women in science: the Women in Science Mentoring Program. This program is designed in response to established studies showing that women are underrepresented in higher education and academia, in part due to a disproportionate number of female researchers leaving science as they advance in their careers. This situation is particularly acute in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa regions. Following recommendations made in these studies, which suggest that mentorship can play a key role in encouraging women in their career paths, PEER is launching a program to help retain women researchers by establishing mentorship cohorts in which women in senior academic positions can support and advise junior female researchers who will benefit from their knowledge and experience.

The program is currently inviting applications from interested groups made up of one senior-level female mentor and 2-4 junior-level female mentees from selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa, with the application deadline being March 16, 2018. The program will support a one-year mentorship experience, including professional training for both the mentors and mentees, with potential follow-up in the form of seed grants for the mentees following the year-long program. Mentors and mentees must apply as a group, as PEER is unable to match participants. Further details about the program and a link to the online application form are available via the 
program webpage. Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission welcomes applications for a capacity building event, connecting African and European scientists and policymakers to learn together how to better use evidence for policy-making. They are looking for 25 scientists from across Africa who are engaged in research into water-energy and food (W-E-F) nexus, including those involved in collaborative research projects funded by FP7, Horizon 2020, the African Union Research Grants, the ACP S&T Programme and the ERAfrica initiative.

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Dear Colleagues,

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are seeking candidates to participate in the inaugural regional training workshop on science diplomacy to be held in South Africa, from 21 to 25 May 2018.

 

This training workshop is designed for young scientists (below the age of 40) living and working in sub-Saharan Africa and whose research and wider engagement has brought them into the international policy-making arena, as well as policymakers and diplomats interested in some of the central science-based themes that might influence their work, and representatives from NGOs and other sectors working at the science-diplomacy interface. Applications are invited from young scientists (up to the age of 40), as well as scientists and/or government officials, etc., with more experience in the policymaking arena (‘science diplomacy ambassadors’).

 

The completed application should be submitted via the online system which is accessible on: http://bit.ly/sciencedipcourse. The deadline for submitting applications is 9 February 2018.

 

click here to for more information.

 

I would greatly appreciate if you could please apply.

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) invites you to nominate suitable candidates for the 2016 TWAS Young Affiliates. The honour is given to developing-nation researchers with at least 10 international publications who show potential for a high-impact career. During their five-year tenure, Young Affiliates build networks with other affiliates and with elected TWAS Fellows and attend international conferences such as the TWAS General Meeting.

Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellows, Members of National Academies and fellows, Members of Young Academies of Science in the region, Research Institutions, Research Councils and Universities in the region. Self-Nomination is also acceptable. The nomination of women is highly encouraged.

Nominees must be aged 40 or less and living and working in a developing country. More information is provided on the nomination form. Kindly use the form to submit your nomination. All nominations must be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 May 2016.

Please kindly note that late submissions will not be considered.

Your cooperation will be highly appreciated.

Dear OWSD Members

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Indian High Commission in South Africa jointly invites you to attend an information sharing session on the next intake of the C.V Raman International Fellowship Programme for African Researchers.  The C.V Raman Fellowship programme is an Indian initiative under the India-African Forum Summit aimed at promoting human capital development through scientific and technological cooperation between India and Africa.  This prestigious fellowship also aims at further strengthening the bond between Indian and African researchers in the fields of science and technology.

The planned information sharing session will outline the requirements and the application processes for South African researchers who are interested to enrol for the fellowship.  The event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 30 January 2018 from 09:30 to 12:30 at the DST premises in Pretoria

Your office is kindly advised to liaise with Mr Kagiso Moloto on tel. +27 12 843 6359 and electronically on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively Mr Matimu Mathebula on tel. +27 12 843 6565 and electronically on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your attendance.

Thanks, and kind regards

Nomfundo

The first comprehensive survey of member academies of IAP: The Global Network of Science Academies, found the average share of women members across 69 national science academies to be 12%. In just under one half, 30 academies from 69, the share of women members was either 10% or less.

The report Women for Science: Inclusion and Participation in Academies of Science was supported by the IAP and published by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). It documents the results of two surveys undertaken by the Inter-American Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS) and ASSAf targeting member countries of the IAP.

The report points out that "great strides have been made in enrolling more women in undergraduate courses, especially in the biological and chemical sciences (success has been more limited in the areas of physics, mathematics and engineering), there remains significant challenges in ensuring that the best women scientists are able to have fulfilling careers with increasing levels of responsibility, eventually taking up leadership and decision-making positions."

National academies with the largest shares of women members are the Cuban Academy of Sciences (27%) and the Caribbean Academy of Sciences (26%). The national science aca-demies of Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and Honduras are among the list of the top 10 academies with the largest shares of women members.

Women are 'best' represented in the social sciences, humanities and arts (16% of all mem-bers in this discipline, across all science academies, are women), followed by the biological sciences (15%) and the medical and health sciences (14%). Women's representation as academy members is least in the mathematical sciences (6%) and engineering sciences (5%).

Findings for the three global science academies – Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS), the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – show a similar picture: women are 'best' represented among academy members in the social sciences and humanities.

The National Academy of Sciences in the US (47%), together with two European academies (Switzerland and Sweden, both 47%), have the best representation of women as members of the governing body. Outside Europe, Cuba recorded 40%, Canada, 38% and Panama, 38%. Relatively high figures were also recorded for three other European academies: the Netherlands (43%), the UK (40%) and Ireland (36%).

Dear OWSD Stakeholder

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers who have obtained their PhD not earlier than 2013 and are from  sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a 'Cooperation Visit' to an institute in Germany.

Such visits will have a duration of no more than three months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.

The deadline for submission is *31 March 2018*. Kindly disseminate further to your databases and networks.

Please see: http://twas.org/opportunity/twas-dfg-cooperation-visits-programme

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TechWomen provides encouragement, support, and mentorship to women from Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East working in science and technology. Participants travel to the United States for five weeks and are paired with top-notch women from Silicon Valley to serve as their mentors, develop projects, and participate in a number of networking opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Designed to support development in the field of technology, increase the trade capacity of the participating countries, promote economic advancement, and enable women to reach their full potential in the science and tech industries, almost 100 women took part in this U.S.-based mentoring program in 2015. In the spring of 2016, a group of American Mentors and TechWomen alumnae are scheduled to travel to select countries overseas to lead seminars and networking activities for young women entrepreneurs and NGO representatives, and to conduct presentations and workshops for undergraduates and teenage girls in STEM fields that focus on careers in science and technology.

Applicants from the following countries may apply:
• (AF) Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe
• (NEA) Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia
• (SCA) Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina will be hosting an Infectious Diseases Symposium and a workshop on “Science Advice” from 11 to 13 April 2018 in Durban South Africa. The theme of the symposium is “Surveillance and Response to Infectious Diseases and Comorbidities: An African and German Perspective”.

The symposium will explore the following topics: antimicrobial resistance; one health; comorbidities; HIV; TB; Malaria; and HCV.

 

ASSAf and its partners are seeking young scientists to participate in this workshop and symposium. Interested candidates should please complete the application form below and return it to Ms Marvin Mandiwane (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Tel: +27 (0)12 349 6648 by Friday, 10 February 2016.

 

Documents

Call for application PDF

Application form

 

Thank you .

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries is seeking nominations for the TWAS 2016 Prizes.

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Society needs to help girls be more confident about their abilities about maths and science, according to Jennifer Thomson, the executive president of the Organisation for Women Scientists for the Developing World (OWSD), a body that aims to nurture female researchers in the global South. Thomson is the winner of the 2004 L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science for Africa prize, and the first woman to head a department at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She now wants to increase OWSD’s representation around the world and appoint ambassadors who can help open doors to aspiring female scientists in the developing world.

Click on the link below to access the full article.

https://www.scidev.net/global/role-models/society-needs-to-instil-confidence-in-girls.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=SciDevNewsletter&utm_campaign=international%20SciDev.Net%20update%3A%2010%20January%202018

 

 

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a 'Cooperation Visit' to an institute in Germany of no more than 3 months. Please find attached the relevant application form.

Under this programme, researchers are assisted in making a 'Cooperation Visit' to an institute in Germany. Such visits will have a duration of no more than three (3) months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.

The aim of the visit is to discuss research collaboration with German scientists with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term collaboration, perhaps through other Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, or German Research Foundation) programmes. TWAS will cover health insurance and travel expenses, while DFG will provide subsistence costs for the stay in Germany. The administration and financial operation of TWAS is undertaken by UNESCO in accordance with an agreement signed by the two organizations.

Deadline: 31 March 2016. Successful applicants will be informed three months after the deadline.
Completed applications, together with the supporting documentation, should be sent either:
• by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• by fax to +39 040 224 559 or
• as hard copies to TWAS secretariat, ICTP Campus, Strada Costiera 11, 34151 Trieste, Italy