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 […]
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 […]
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.
“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.”
Prof Richard V Dingle (FRSSAf, University of Cape Town and University of Copenhagen) has been awarded the Draper Memorial Medal of the Geological Society of South African for 2015, for his “contributions to sea-floor geology around the coast of southern Africa”. The Draper Medal is “The highest award of the GSSA, introduced in 1932, and […]
Emeritus Professor Milton Shain received the Recht Malan prize (Media 24) for English and Afrikaans Non-Fiction for A Perfect Storm: Antisemitism in South Africa 1930-1948, published by Jonathan Ball and described by the judges as “history at its most compulsively readable”. “In a time when violent xenophobia regularly rears its ugly head across the country, […]
#Cycling4AntibioticAction & #ScienceInAfrica Wesley Loftie-Eaton, an RSSAf member and microbiologist with a mission, is currently on a self-supported cycle tour from Nairobi, Kenya, to Cape Town, South Africa. Along the way he is visiting different universities as an Antibiotic Champion to raise awareness on the urgent need for better antimicrobial stewardship and the development of […]