2015 NRF Awards

Oct 05, 2015 No Comments by

RSSAf Fellows were amongst Leading Researchers Honoured at NRF Awards and Herschel Medal winner Prof Michael Feast receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award The Minister of Science and Technology (DST), Mrs. Naledi Pandor acknowledged the 2015 National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards recipients at a ceremony held at the Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel and Convention Centre in Durban […]

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RSSAf School Essay Competition Prize Presentations

Sep 23, 2015 No Comments by

School goers nationally rose to the challenge of some very difficult topics this year from the Large Hadron Collider to the Ebola Contagion – well done to all participants.   The full winners list is on ‘Essay Results’.   Prize presentations were held at Diocesan College (Bishops) in Cape Town, St Mary’s DSG in Kloof […]

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Talk in Cape Town on Exploring the outer Solar System

Sep 22, 2015 No Comments by

Dr Amanda Sickafoose of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), will present a talk entitled ‘Our astronomical backyard: exploring the outer Solar System’ on Wednesday 21st October at the venue below Abstract: The icy objects that exist in the distant reaches of our Solar System are not easy to study: there is a significant amount of space […]

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Talks coming up in Cape Town in 2015

Sep 21, 2015 No Comments by

November 18th – Professor Mike Bruton FRSSAf entitled ‘When I was a Fish. Tales of an Ichthyologist’Abstract: Mike Bruton has had an adventurous career as an ichthyologist and science educator in Africa and beyond. Although he is best known for his research on the coelacanth, he has also worked extensively on the life-history strategies of freshwater […]

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New President of SA Institute of Mining & Metallurgy

Aug 27, 2015 No Comments by

RSSAf Member Rodney Trevor Jones was recently appointed President of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).  SAIMM is one of the oldest learned societies in South Africa, having been established in 1894 (originally known as the Chemical and Metallurgical Society of South Africa) More info on SAIMM

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RSSAf Member Marla Trindade wins prestigious science award

Aug 18, 2015 No Comments

Professor Marla Trindade, SARChI Research Chair in Microbial Genomics and Director of the Institute of Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics received the 2015 Distinguished Young Woman Scientist (Life Sciences) Award from the Department of Science and Technology  in recognition of the achievements of woman scientists and their profile as role models for woman in science.  Details

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Leon Dicks FRSSAf spearheads development of biological nanochip

Jul 27, 2015 No Comments

The groundbreaking development of a biological nanochip that is able to identify bacterial infections within minutes of being swallowed was spearheaded by Professor Leon Dicks FRSSAf at the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Microbiology and Willie Perold of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  For more information see Page 3 of the Cape Times […]

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