2014 ANNUAL DINNER – CAPE TOWN
The Society’s Annual Dinner, Induction of Fellows and Medal Awards was held on the evening of Tuesday, 2nd September in the Grill Room at Kelvin Grove, Rondebosch. It was attended by 65 people including a number of Fellows and Members of long standing, amongst others, Professors John Field (‘89), Ray Haines (‘90), Johannes van Staden (‘90), Anton McLachlan (‘92), Doug Rawlings (‘93) David McLachlan (‘97) and Mike Wingfield (‘98).
Society Vice President, Professor Ed Sturrock warmly welcomed those present and noted special guests : Glenda Gray, the newly appointed President of the Medical Research Council; Glaudina Loots, Director of Health Innovation at the Department of Science and Technology; Professor Anton le Roex, Dean of Science at the University of Cape Town and Professor Eugene Cloete, Vice Rector of the University of Stellenbosch who was also the evening’s guest speaker. Ed related that in the distant past the Society President would approach a Fellow just before the dinner to deliver the talk with the result that fewer and fewer people attended!
The following Fellows were inducted by Don Cowan and Editor Dr Margaret Avery : Janine Adams (2011), Thomas Eugene Cloete (2012), Renee Kraan-Korteweg (2012), Dan Stein (2012), Carolyn Williamson (2012), John D Clemens (2013), Charles de Koning (2013), Leon M T Dicks (2013), Harald Pasch (2013), Francesco Petruccione (2013) and Robin Wood (2013)
After the first dinner course two John FW Herschel Medals were presented. The first for 2013 by , Professor David Richardson to Professor Johannes van Staden FRSSAf, Director of the Research Centre for Plant Growth and Development at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is recognised as one of the world’s most cited researchers of the past two decades by ISI.
The second, for 2014, was presented by Professor Mike Perrin to Professor Slim Abdool KarimFRSSAf, Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, President of the South African Medical Research Council and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The award is made for exceptional multidisciplinary contribution to science in South Africa.
Society President , Professor Don Cowan introduced the dinner speaker, Professor Eugene Cloete, Vice Rector of the University of Stellenbosch who delivered an interesting talk on “The role of science in the National Development Plan”.
The evening ended with Toasts to the Society and the Country by Council Member Judy Mann and Professor Don Cowan who will be stepping down as President at the end of 2014 .
Thanks to Maciej Soltynski for taking photographs and to all the other guests for making the evening such a success.
2012 ANNUAL DINNER – DURBAN
The Society’s Annual Dinner, Induction of Fellows and Medal Awards was held on the evening of Tuesday, 25th September at Woodhall Guesthouse, Kings Avenue, Westville, Durban. It was attended by 45 people including a number of Fellows and Members of long standing, amongst others, Professors David Walker (1988), Siegfried Drewes (1990), Henda Swart (1996), Michael Wingfield (1998) and Dr Ian Macdonald.
Society President Professor Don Cowan warmly welcomed those present and paid tribute to Past President Phillip Tobias who died in earlier in 2012. He thanked Dr Edith Elliott and her team in KwaZulu-Natal for all their efforts in organising the dinner in Durban.
The following Fellows were inducted by Don Cowan and General Secretary, Professor Jane Carruthers : Professor Susan Bourne (2011), Professor Maureen Coetzee (2011), Professor Sunil Maharaj (2011), Professor Cheryl de la Rey (2010), Professor Michael Perrin (2010), Professor Sue Nicolson (2010), Professor Robert Millar (2008) and Professor Henda Swart – who took 16 years to receive her Fellowship Certificate!
After the first dinner course, Council Member, Professor Guy Bate, presented the John Herschel Medal to Professor David Richardson FRSSAf, Director at the Centre for Invasion Biology at Stellenbosch University, in recognition of his multidisciplinary contribution to science in South Africa.
Council Member and KZN Chair Dr Edith Elliott then presented the Meiring Naude Medal to 33 year old Professor Alta Schutte, Director of the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) at the School for Physiology, Nutrition & Consumer Sciences, North-West University for her outstanding research in hypertension.
This was followed by the rare announcement of a new Honorary Fellow, Professor Errol Friedberg by Council Member Dr Tony Ribbink. Prof Friedberg is recognized internationally as a premier investigator in the field of DNA repair.
Council Member Professor Jannie Hofmeyer introduced the dinner speaker, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, (Chair of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, Director at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in SA and President of the South African Medical Research Council) who delivered a thought provoking talk entitled “Achieving scientific success: Three key ingredients”, without a single note! (See top photograph)
The evening ended with Toasts to the Society and the Country by Council Members Manoj Chiba and Pierre Janssens respectively. Thanks to Dean Goldring for taking photographs and to all the other guests for making the evening such a resounding success.