‘From Here to the Edge of the Observable Universe’

May 23, 2017 No Comments by

A talk by Dr Robin Catchpole, Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge and retired Senior Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich will be presented at the S A Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory, Cape Town on 14th June at 5pm.  Abstract: This is a time in the history of astronomy when we can tell the story of the evolution […]

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RSSAf Fellow Dudley Shallcross awarded

May 19, 2017 No Comments by

The Royal Society of Chemistry recently awarded Professor Dudley Shallcross FRSSAf  the Nyholm Prize for his contributions to the field of chemical science education.   He received £5,000, a medal and a certificate. See The Nyholm Prize for Education recognises a major national or international research or innovation contribution to the field of chemical science education.  This […]

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Discoveries at the Rising Star Cave System

May 11, 2017 No Comments by

RSSAf Fellow Professor Lee Berger and his team announce new discoveries in Rising Star Cave System The new discovery and research was done by a large team of researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand, James Cook University, the University of Wisconsin and more than 30 additional international institutions have announced two major discoveries related […]

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Upcoming talks in Cape Town for 2017

Mar 18, 2017 No Comments by

Aug 16th – Prof Ken Findlay, Chair in Oceans Economy at CPUT on ‘Oceans Economy’ Sept 13th – Dr Donatella De Pascale of the National Research Council of Italy, on “Bio-prospecting in extreme environments” (t.t.b.c.) PLEASE NOTE IRREGULAR DATE Oct 18th – Prof. Brian van Wilgen, Stellenbosch University, Conservation Unit, on “The state of biological […]

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RSSAf Medal Awards for 2017

Oct 31, 2016 No Comments by

The Society is pleased to announce the following Medal Awards for 2017:  John F. W. Herschel Medal in recognition of Highly Distinguished Multidisciplinary Contributions to the furtherance of Science, to : Professor Michael Wingfield FRSSAf Founding Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria and current President of International Union of […]

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RSSAf Fellow wins ASSAf Gold Medal

Oct 24, 2016 No Comments

The Royal Society of SA is delighted to announce that RSSAf Fellow Professor Brian van Wilgen of Stellenbosch University has won the ASSAf Science-for-Society Gold Medal. The Medal is awarded for outstanding achievement in scientific thinking to the benefit of society . (see details below) Well done Brian, the Society salutes you! The Academy of Science of […]

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South African Universities – a historical perspective

Oct 20, 2016 No Comments

The process of higher education in South Africa has never been perfect, nor apolitical or peaceful. Its contours have always had highly unsatisfactory elements. Reading this article by Prof Jane Carruthers along with the given references, and others in similar vein, is a reminder that education is a social, political and economic battleground.

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RSSAf Statement on the crisis in Higher Education in South Africa

Oct 05, 2016 No Comments

“Although the Council of the Royal Society of South Africa fully supports the philosophy that higher education should be affordable and accessible to everybody who academically qualifies, it strongly condemns the damage and disruption of activities caused on the campuses of South African universities.”

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