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1910, 2018

Media Grant Call 2018 Announcement

The SFSA Secretariat wants to thank all applicants for the interest shown in the Media Grant Call. Also, we want to thank the independent selection panel for their hard work and quick turn around time. SELECTED 15 FOR GRANTS Algeria: Hichem Boumedjout, El-Massa Newspaper / SciDevNet: Cameroon: Mohamadou Houmfa: Voice of America: DRC: Gabrielle Nina Mitch, INSTANT NEWS: Egypt: Ahmed Hassan Balah, Springer Nature / Scientific American: Ethiopia: Mekonnen Teshome Tollera, New Business: Ghana: Alice Aryeetey, GHOne TV (EIB NETWORK LTD): Kenya: Justus Wanzala, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation: Lesotho: Marafaele Antonia Mohloboli, Lesotho Times: Malawi: Ananiya Alick Ponje, Times Group: Nigeria: Adam Alqali, African Newspage: Nigeria: Victor Azu: Nigerian Television Authority (NTA): Somalia: Daud Abdi Daud, Somali Media for Environment Science Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA): Tanzania: Yusuph Magasha, Sahara Media Group Ltd / Radio Free Africa: Uganda: Carolyn Ashaba: Uganda Broadcasting Corporation [UBC TV]: Zimbabwe: Jeffrey Murimbechi, Capitalk100.4 FM:

3009, 2017

Disadvantaged SA universities see promise in research fairness scheme

The University of Fort Hare and Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) could be among the first South African research institutions to evaluate the fairness of their research practices using a recently-launched benchmarking scheme. The two ‘historically disadvantaged’ institutions joined four others—including heavyweights like the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University—at a workshop in Cape Town on 2 to 3 October to learn more about making submissions to the nascent Research Fairness Initiative. According to Prem Govender, SMU’s director of research and postgraduate studies, the RFI holds promise for South Africa’s smaller universities. “We’re a new university, a health-focused university, and the RFI gives us a toolbox that we can use to audit where we are at and where we are going,” he said. The RFI, managed by the Switzerland-based Council on Health Research for Development, is designed to help institutions probe a range of issues related to ethical and fair research, such as benefit-sharing, equal partnerships and good conduct. It was created in response to complaints from developing country researchers of unfair treatment in partnerships, as well as concerns about intellectual property management. Universities, research institutes or funders can submit institutional evaluations to the RFI, which the initiative [...]

1312, 2016

Talking science year-round

by Tracy Burrows Creating conversations about science and technology can help drive innovation and progress for everyone, says University of the Western Cape Research Head Prof Thandi Mgwebi. Speaking on the sidelines of the second annual Department of Science and Technology (DST) Science Forum South Africa last week, Prof Mgwebi said it was in everyone's interest to embrace science and understand its impact on everyday life. "If we found ways to encourage everyone to appreciate science, more people would harness it in their everyday lives, in areas ranging from agricultural development to more controlled water usage and saving the planet. If the conversations around science filtered down to communities and families, more youngsters would be inspired to work in the sciences, our businesses would become more innovative, and motivating for research budgets would be easier." While the DST aims to see 1.5% of GDP invested in research by 2019, South African investment in research currently stands in the region of 0.76% of GDP. Prof Mgwebi believes that increased investment in research will support innovation and result in a better quality of life for all. Prof Mgwebi notes that efforts are being stepped up to make science more accessible to everyone. The DST has [...]

912, 2016

Special Report | Science Forum South Africa 2016 – Mail & Guardian

We have 18 000 researchers working in universities, research councils and industry, trying to understand South Africa and its people, and to find solutions to its problems. But that is not a face of South Africa — and Africa, for that matter — that is often seen by the rest of the world, or by most South Africans. This is why events like Science Forum South Africa are so important. “It is one place where we showcase scientists,” Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said ahead of the forum. “We want to make a tradition of science in Africa.” Read More  

2510, 2016

Eager to continue to Ignite Conversations about Science

Eager to continue to Ignite Conversations about Science and to build on the success of the first Science Forum South Africa (held in December 2015) the South African Department of Science and Technology will be hosting the second Science Forum South Africa on 8-9 December 2016, at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa. The Forum will again serve as a large, open, public platform for debating the science and society interface. SFSA2016 will have a specific focus on the social sciences and humanities, as well as the role of science in Africa’s development. Here are a few quotes from last year’s satisfied attendees: “I would like to thank you very much for receiving the delegation from the Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) on the occasion of the Science Forum South Africa. … I am glad to report that the numerous visits undertaken during our stay in South Africa proved very successful … I also take this opportunity to congratulate once more you on organizing such a successful and useful event to bring institutions and actors active in science on the African continent together and to wish you all the very best for the coming year.” – Dr. Phillippe Gillet, [...]

1712, 2015

Government South Africa hosts Science Forum South Africa

On 8 and 9 December, 2015 a landmark event took place in Pretoria, South Africa. The government of South Africa hosted the first pan-African general science conference, Science Forum South Africa. Minister Naledi Pandor of Science and Technology of South Africa, a regular guest at recent ESOF meetings, was the driving force behind the Science Forum and recognised in her opening remarks her inspiration by the ESOF, AAAS, AGORA (Japan) and the World Science Forum conferences. Participants discussed and demonstrated the importance of science, technology and innovation for development and the crucial role of an African science community. The event gathered 1,500 attendees, many from South Africa but also from other African countries as well and quite a few from all over the world. Sir Peter Gluckman, the science adviser to the Prime Minister in New Zealand, Luke Georghiou, co-champion of ESOF2016 in Manchester, and Gordon Bean, the president of ICSU were among them. Several thematic threads were constantly woven through the fabric of the conference’s presentations and discussions. These included Inspiration, giving young scientists a platform, stressing the need to attract many more women students and scientists, pointing out the vital importance of integrating social sciences and humanities in tacking [...]