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Young Academies issue statement to address how Science can help with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


26 October 2017 – Young Academies of sciences around the globe feel they have a role to play in solving the dilemmas the world is facing today and in improving the world through scientific discovery. This claim is made in a joint statement on “The role of Young Academies in achieving the UN SDGs”, which is published today by the Global Young Academy (GYA) and 36 national young academies and young academy initiatives.
The statement focuses on the question of how young academies in general, and young scientists in particular, can contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how science and technology can best be harnessed towards achieving the SDGs.
The authors recommend that Young Academies should and can take on a greater role in science advice at a national, regional and global level.

They propose three main areas for young scientists’ engagement with the SDGs:
- by offering sound policy advice and contributing interdisciplinary science advice to the SDG implementation, thereby getting recognized as an independent part of their national, regional and global policy advice systems;
- through science communication, with Young Academies in an excellent position to bridge the divide between science and the public, and raise the understanding of the SDGs among pupils, and within civil society and the media; and
- through capacity enhancement: training Young Scientists in the SDG processes, implementation and monitoring, as well as in leadership skills.

The statement unequivocally states that Young Academies can and should play a central role in conceptualising, developing and implementing strategies towards achieving the SDGs. The statement also calls on policy-makers and senior academies of sciences to work with the Young Academies and young scientists in their regions and to come together and work jointly towards a “global science” driving sustainability.

The statement is a direct outcome of the Third Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies in July 2017, hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, by the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), and co-organised by the GYA, which also demonstrates the dynamic nature of the ever-growing young academy network.


LINK to statement: https://globalyoungacademy.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Statement-RoleYoungAcademies-SDGs-Oct2017.pdf

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, with the support of the National Research Foundation will be hosting a Mathematics Symposium from 9 to 11 March 2016 at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa. The theme of the symposium is "Partial Differential Equations and Their Applications". The multilateral event will provide a platform for scientific exchange among senior and young scientists in the field of Mathematics.

Eligibility
ASSAf Young scientists should meet the following criteria to participate:

  • Be resident in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Be under the age of forty (40)
  • Be in possession of a PhD degree
  • Have research interests associated with the theme of the symposium

Symposium Participation and Application
ASSAf invites submission of abstracts for poster presentations. Interested candidates, who meet the above mentioned criteria, should please complete the accompanying application form and return it to Dr Siyavuya Bulani (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Tel: +27 (0)12 349 6646 by Friday, 18 December 2015. There is no registration fee to attend the symposium. Further information about the symposium will be circulated. Participants are requested to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Abstract Format
Applicants should follow the instructions clearly:

  • Abstract must not be more than 300 words (excluding Title, Authors and Institutions) in the attached form
  • Abstract must be written in English
  • Abstract title must be in boldface, capital letters (lowercase) and centered
  • Abstract font must be Century Gothic 11 with A4 set up margins

Abstract Acceptance
Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel which reserves the right to accept and allocate poster presentations. All applicants will be notified of the selection process by 18 December 2015.

Please download the application form here. Application Deadline is 18 December 2015.

Dear OWSD Stakeholder

TWAS/BioVisionAlexandria.NXT 2018 will be the fifth BioVisionAlexandira.NXT to be organized in Alexandria, Egypt. The event will be held under the theme “Science Diplomacy: Voices of the South”. It intends to explore the importance of science diplomacy to the young scientists in the developing world.

The event will be held on 18–19April 2018, where TWAS/BVA.NXT 2018 participants will be offered the opportunity to meet policy makers, experts, academics and young promising scientists from the South to provide them with the needed skills to build their own capacities and help them in the advancement of their developing countries.

 

Best young scientists will have the opportunity to present their innovative ideas and their impact on the development of societies in the event. Furthermore, they will be invited to participate in BioVisionAlexandria 2018 Conference (20–22 April 2018, Bibliotheca Alexandrina).

Priority will be offered to the best innovative research, and to research papers that foster science diplomacy efforts. Deadline for applications: 1 January 2018.

Criteria of Application:

•          Applicants should not be older than 35 years of age (by 1 January 2018 ).

•          Applicants should be Master’s, PhD students, or Postdoctoral scholars working in the field of life sciences.

•          Applicants should have innovative research papers.

 

To apply to the TWAS/BVA.NXT 2018, please visit: https://www.bibalex.org/bva2018/NextRegistration/RegistrationForm.aspx?m=7.  

 

For more information about the conference, please check: https://www.bibalex.org/bva2018/Home/StaticPage.aspx?page=61&m=7.

For any inquiries, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   

The Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is calling for applications for membership from South African residents. OWSD has a National Chapter in South Africa which is hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa. Membership allows for engagement in activities of both OWSD International and the OWSD SA NC.

Vision: To shape the future of South Africa by contributing to gender equality in science, technology and innovation.

Why you should be affiliated to the OWSD South African National Chapter

Members of OWSD residing in South Africa can expect to receive the following benefits from their affiliation with the OWSD SA

  • Access to information regarding fellowships, awards, training opportunities and conferences;
  • Increase awareness of gender issues in STI;
  • Participation in mentorship initiatives;
  • Opportunity to contribute expertise for South Africa, Africa's and the world's developmental agenda;
  • Access to information regarding other National System of Innovation (NSI) organisations and/or stakeholders within and beyond South Africa;
  • Networking with other women in STI through the General Assembly and Conference biennially, and other opportunities facilitated by the National Chapter; and
  • Opportunity to access training and information on gender mainstreaming, the importance of applying the gender lens in policymaking and implementation, and women in STI leadership

If you are interested in becoming a member of OWSD, we kindly request you to complete the application form and return the form and an updated curriculum vitae (with list of publications) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have any queries, you may contact Ms Constance Manyeli: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (012)349-6605.

The closing date for applications is 30 November 2015.

Dear colleagues,

 

Fellowship Opportunities – Singapore

As discussed at the Commonwealth Science Conference in June, the Royal Society and the National Research Foundation in Singapore (NRF) are working together to promote opportunities for collaboration across the Commonwealth.

We are therefore delighted to announce that the NRF has established a new Post-doctoral International Collaborative Fellowship for the Commonwealth. Up to ten Post-doctoral Fellowships will be awarded to do research in either Oceans or Sustainable Cities, two of the themes of the Conference. The Fellowships will be based in a Singapore institution. Details of the scheme and the supervising team are available here.

 

The Commonwealth Science Conference website also sets out information about existing Royal Society schemes as well as detailing other funding schemes across the Commonwealth.

We will be writing to you again shortly with more information about new Royal Society schemes.

TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016 will be the fourth BioVisionAlexandira.NXT to be organized in Alexandria. The Event will be held under the theme "Research Ethics and Social Responsibility". TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016 intends to explore research ethics in the developing world, and highlight its importance for society. It will also identify researchers' responsibilities to overcome obstacles in developing countries using quality controlled and high standard research.

The Event will be held 10–11 April 2016, where TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016 participants will be offered the opportunity to meet other young scientists and professionals from different parts of the world. This will allow them to share their views regarding the status, obstacles and concerns of ethical research in developing countries. They will also be offered the chance to discuss different problems regarding marketing of ideas, tools for efficient patent searches and Intellectual Property Rights. The best ten young scientists will have the opportunity to present their innovative ideas and their impact on the development of societies. Furthermore, the young scientists will be invited to participate in BioVisionAlexandria Conference.
Priority will be given to the best innovative research, and to research papers that meet the needs of the society.

Criteria of Application
• Applicants should not be older than 35 years of age (by the first of January 2016).
• Applicants should be Masters, PhD students or Postdoctoral scholars working in the field of life sciences.
• Applicants should have innovative research papers.

Financial Support:
Financial Support to air tickets is only available for accepted participants who are natives of developing countries by TWAS.
To apply to the TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016, please visit: http://www.bibalex.org/bva2016/NextRegistration/RegistrationForm.aspx?m=7.
For more information about the conference, please check: http://www.bibalex.org/bva2016/Home/StaticPage.aspx?page=61&m=7.
For any inquiries, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dear OWSD  Members and Fellows in the Cape Town/Stellenbosch area

 

We are holding a meeting on Tuesday 14th November in the Tea Room on the 4th floor of the Molecular and Cell Biology Building at UCT from 2 to 4.30 p.m. You are all most welcome and we will supply tea and coffee etc.

The purpose of the meeting is the following:

 

  1. To hear of any burning issues in your scientific and personal lives (as they relate to your studies/research) and help you to solve them.
  1. To hear of any exciting breakthroughs/findings you have made in your research.
  1. To tell you about the plans for celebrating in 2018 the 25th Anniversary of OWSD and the 20th Anniversary of the Fellowship Programme, including AuthorAid workshops and Soapbox Science on the Sea Point Promenade, and get you involved.
  1. Our mentorship programme – we would like feedback from you
  1. Volunteers for the new Executive Committee of our National Chapter

6.       The work of GenderInSITE southern Africa focal point and how it relates to OWSD National Chapter

  1. Any other matters you would like to air

The MCB building is 22 University Avenue and it is the building on the City and Table Mountain end of this road.

 

Please note that regional meetings in other areas will be conducted next year. Thus, due to budget constraints we are unable to fund travel to this meeting.

 

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..za by 1 November 2017.

 

I look forward to seeing you there.

Jennifer

The call for application to attend a science advice workshop for African Scientists on 26-27 February 2016 is now open. Please see attached document.

The workshop will bring together 50 scientists (young and established researchers) and key stakeholders for a dialogue on models of science advice, and promising practices for working at the interface between science and policy, and will form a basis for a network of science advice stakeholders in Africa.

It is coordinated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) on behalf of the International Network for Governmental Science Advice (INGSA) which is a newly formed network operating under the aegis of the International Council of Science (ICSU).

This call is open to researchers residing and working on the African continent. Applications meeting the following criteria will be prioritised:
a. Have a science background (natural and applied sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering, health and medical sciences);
b. Be affiliated to institutions of higher learning, academies of science, government/ statutory/private research/advisory institutes;
c. Demonstrate the policy relevance of their area of research specialisation or professional expertise.

The following documents should be submitted electronically (via email) to Kholani Mbhiza (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 30 October 2015:
a. Brief biography (not more than 400 words);
b. Comprehensive CV (including list of publications);
c. Motivation letter (this should cover: current contributions to the science-policy interface, reasons to be considered to attend the workshop, and how the lessons learnt from the workshop would be disseminated and would benefit the applicant's country)
d. Letter of reference supporting the application

Call for application

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to the 2017 ASSAf Annual Humanities Lecture "Steve Biko’s“Envisioned Self” and the Makings of a South African" by Prof NjabuloNdebele
Date: Thursday, 26 October 2017
Time:17:30 for 18:00 -20:00

Click here for more details

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is seeking candidates to participate in the 2016 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting to be held from 26 June to 1 July 2016 in Lindau, Germany. The 66th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting, dedicated to Physics, will be attended by Physics Nobel Laureates and about 400 highly-talented young scientists from across the world. Participation in the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting is a prestigious award under the Patronage of former German President Horst Köhler and funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Bunderministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit. The award is worth about €5000 per individual, including a travel grant.


Eligibility
Eligible applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to the field of Physics, closely related disciplines and interdisciplinary work. All nominated participants should meet the following criteria to participate:
1. Applications are open to early-career South African citizens or permanent resident students and researchers comprising a mix of (1) Masters and doctoral students; and (2) postdoctoral students.
2. Applicants must be 35 years or younger at the time of the meeting.
3. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding academic accomplishments.
4. Applicants should be able to communicate in English, and have the desire to participate in discussions.
5. Applicants should not hold a permanent position (scientists with permanent positions, in particular a professorship, will not be considered).
6. Applicants should not have participated in previous Lindau meetings.
7. Applicants should commit themselves to be present for the full duration of the meeting.
Applications should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applicants should submit the following documents:
1. Completed application form (incomplete forms will not be considered)
2. Curriculum vitae
3. At least one letter of recommendation/Reference from a supervisor and possibly another researcher
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Note
Further communications and guidelines will be given to the shortlisted applicants
Final selection will be done by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Council and Foundation
Deadline for sending nominations is Wednesday 14 October 2015.
For any further information please contact:
Mr Ntambudzeni Tshiswaise
Tel: +27(0)12 349 6648
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please kindly apply for the 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum that will be held on September from the 23–28 2018.

 

This is a Mathematics and computer science in one symposium, where you will get to Meet your scientific role models face to face and advance your scientific career.

 

Please note that lodging and board will be provided ,and that travel grants are available.

 

Online applications will open on the November 6, 2017 until February 9, 2018.

 

Click here for more information.

On 2 September 2015, the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor announced 42 new research chairs at various universities and other higher education institutions under the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI).

The programme was established by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in 2006 and it is administered by the National Research Foundation (NRF). It aims to strengthen and improve research and innovation capacity of public universities for producing high quality postgraduate students, research, and innovation outputs.

Some of the objectives of SARChI are to:

  • Expand the scientific research and innovation capacity of South Africa;
  • Improve South Africa's international research and innovation competitiveness while responding to social and economic challenges of the country;
  • Attract and retain excellent researchers and scientists;
  • Increase the production of masters and doctoral graduates; and
  • Create research career pathways for young and mid-career researchers, with a strong research, innovation and human capital development output trajectory.

This radical transformation by government will shape the future of South African higher education in terms of global rankings.

To read the official media release on the DST website, please click here.

Dear OWSD  Members and Fellows in the Cape Town/Stellenbosch area

We are holding a meeting on Tuesday 14th November in the Tea Room on the 4th floor of the Molecular and Cell Biology Building at UCT from 2 to 4.30 p.m. You are all most welcome and we will supply tea and coffee etc.

The purpose of the meeting is the following:

1. To hear of any burning issues in your scientific and personal lives (as they relate to your studies/research) and help you to solve them.

2. To hear of any exciting breakthroughs/findings you have made in your research.

3. To tell you about the plans for celebrating in 2018 the 25th Anniversary of OWSD and the 20th Anniversary of the Fellowship Programme, including AuthorAid workshops and Soapbox Science on the Sea Point Promenade, and get you involved.

4. Our mentorship programme – we would like feedback from you

5. Volunteers for the new Executive Committee of our National Chapter

  

6. The work of GenderInSITE southern Africa focal point and how it relates to OWSD National Chapter

7. Any other matters you would like to air

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 November 2017.

The MCB building is 22 University Avenue and it is the building on the City and Table Mountain end of this road.

Please note that regional meetings in other areas will be conducted next year. Thus, due to budget constraints we are unable to fund travel to this meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there.

In this installation of our series of articles with The Conversation Africa, Professor Brenda Wingfield shares her experiences on motherhood and her career in science.

Her most important message in the article for women with families or women contemplating a family is that they are going to have to make difficult decisions. She also provides advice on how to juggle the two roles in terms the time allocated to each role but there are huge lessons to be learnt along the way.

Professor Wingfield is a Council Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and Professor of Genetics at the University of Pretoria. 

The article is titled "Juggling a career and motherhood: a scientist tells her story", click here to read it.

Dear OWSD Stakeholder

 

TWAS/BioVisionAlexandria.NXT 2018 will be the fifth BioVisionAlexandira.NXT to be organized in Alexandria, Egypt. The event will be held under the theme “Science Diplomacy: Voices of the South”. It intends to explore the importance of science diplomacy to the young scientists in the developing world.

 

The event will be held on 18–19April 2018, where TWAS/BVA.NXT 2018 participants will be offered the opportunity to meet policy makers, experts, academics and young promising scientists from the South to provide them with the needed skills to build their own capacities and help them in the advancement of their developing countries.

 

Best young scientists will have the opportunity to present their innovative ideas and their impact on the development of societies in the event. Furthermore, they will be invited to participate in BioVisionAlexandria 2018 Conference (20–22 April 2018, Bibliotheca Alexandrina).

 

Priority will be offered to the best innovative research, and to research papers that foster science diplomacy efforts. Deadline for applications: 1 January 2018.

 

Criteria of Application:

•          Applicants should not be older than 35 years of age (by 1 January 2018 ).

•          Applicants should be Master’s, PhD students, or Postdoctoral scholars working in the field of life sciences.

•          Applicants should have innovative research papers.

 

To apply to the TWAS/BVA.NXT 2018, please visit: https://www.bibalex.org/bva2018/NextRegistration/RegistrationForm.aspx?m=7.  

 

For more information about the conference, please check: https://www.bibalex.org/bva2018/Home/StaticPage.aspx?page=61&m=7.

 

For any inquiries, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

One of the flagship projects of the OWSD (Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World) South African National Chapter is GenderInSITE.

Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE) - is an international project to raise the awareness of decision makers on the gender and SITE dimensions of development, aimed at both men and women. GenderInSITE seeks to promote the role of women IN science, technology and Innovation, and how science, technology and innovation can be FOR women, or how it can serve women's lives and livelihoods at the grassroots level.

GenderInSITE promotes the awareness of decision makers that SITE for development policy and programs will be more effective, equitable and sustainable when the gender lens is applied – when they reflect the vision, aims concerns, perspective, knowledge and abilities of both women and men. Internationally, the initiative is coordinated by the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Elsevier Foundation, the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission for Science and Technology for Development (GAB-CSTD), and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) with support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The OWSD SA National Chapter is the focal point for GenderInSITE in southern Africa.

In the second instalment in the series of articles that OWSD SA is profiling on The Conversation Africa, Dr Shirley Malcom writes about why it is important to apply a gender lens in addressing problems faced in Africa. She explains how assessing the gender dimensions in research and innovation, policy making and implementation are crucial in development. Dr Shirley Malcom is the co-chair of GenderInSITE and co-chair of the Gender Advisory Board of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UNCSTD).

The article is titled "Why applying a gender lens is key to addressing Africa's challenges", click here to read it.

The SFSA online registration is now open, I encourage those who will be attending to register as soon as possible.

Please click on the link below to register.

http://www.sfsa.co.za/online-registration/.

TWAS-ROSSA seeks to honour an outstanding young scientist who has contributed to the development, mentoring and training of postgraduate students in various disciplines in addressing the challenges that Africa is facing e.g. Promotion of Science, Technology & Innovation (STI), participating in projects aiming to address issues pertaining to health, poverty and women's leadership.

The prize comprises an award certificate with a citation on the winner's scientific achievement as well as a cash prize of 3,000 USD. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. The 2015 TWAS ROSSA Regional Young Scientists Prize will be awarded to an outstanding young scientist who has made significant contributions in empowering women.

Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellows, Members of National Academies and fellows, Members of Young Academy of Sciences in the region, Research Institutions, Research Councils and Universities in the region.

Nominees must be aged 40 or less living and working in a developing country. More information is provided on the attached call for nomination and kindly use the attached form to submit your nomination. All nominations must be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31 August 2015.

Please note that late submission will not be considered.

Dear OWSD Stakeholder

 

In celebration of Women’s Month (and National Science Week), Minister Naledi Pandor, Department of Science & Technology, launched the ‘Because science is fun: Stories of emerging female scientists’ Booklet.

 

The booklet presents stories of 25 South African women scientists who went through their different journeys to become scientists.

 

Their success stories are truly inspirational, and encourage you to disseminate the booklet as much as you can.

 

Please click on the link below to access the book.

 

http://www.womeninstemi.co.za/

 

 

We would like to thank all of our members who were actively involved the creation of the booklet.

 

Enjoy!

In celebration of Women's Month, we have partnered with The Conversation Africa to write a series of articles on gender in science, technology and innovation (STI).

The first article written by our chair, Professor Jennifer Thomson is titled "Despite concerted effort, barriers to women in science remain" which highlights national programmes and activities undertaken to increase the participation of girls and women in STI. 

Prof Thomson is Emeritus Professor in Molecular and Cell Biology at University of Cape Town and has been an OWSD member since 1994. She has won the L'Oreal-UNESCO prize for Women in Science for Africa as well as several other prestigious national and international prizes. An expert in biotechnology, Prof Thomson has been a member of the Department of Science and Technology's (DST) National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) since 2002 and a member of its subcommitte, the National Biotechnology Advisory Committee. She is a brilliant writer, with three books on the subject: Genes for Africa, Seeds for the Future and Food for Africa.  

This is the second article she writes for The Conversation Africa, click here to read it.

You can also subscribe to The Conversation Africa's daily newsletter via their website. 

Dear OWSD Stakeholders

 

I am pleased to announce that the NASAC ‘Women In Science- inspiring stories from Africa booklet is now available.

Access link: http://nasaconline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Women-in-Science-Inspiring-Stories-from-Africa-2.pdf

 

We would like to acknowledge the role Prof Thompson(current OWSD-SANC chairperson) played as the Editor of this booklet, and the role OWSD-SANC continues to play as a member of the Women for Science Working Group.

 

Enjoy!

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), in partnership with the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) have partnered to pursue the goal of advancement of Science in developing countries through the establishment of the NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship funding instrument. TWAS is based in Italy and operates as a programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the advancement of science in developing countries. The parties entered into a contractual agreement to support postdoctoral fellows from Africa and developing countries who will be funded per annum for a maximum of three (3) years to pursue full-time research training in South Africa. There will be an intake of 10 postdoctoral fellows each year for three (3) years, starting in 2016.


International strategic partnerships remain the vehicle for development, within the context of the advancement of research and human capacity development. Through this funding instrument, South Africa will contribute to effective science collaboration on the African continent and globally. In particular, ensuring capacity development of promising next generation and emerging researchers in developing countries will make headways towards exchange of knowledge and improving the quality of research leading to innovative ideas for socio-economic development.


The objectives of the NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship funding instrument are to:

  •  Increase the number and quality of postdoctoral research fellows in Africa and other developing countries;
  •  Foster collaboration in order to increase the supervisory capacity of postdoctoral students and fellows in South Africa and other developing countries;
  • Foster scientific and technological cooperation by facilitating brain circulation between countries;
  • Attract young scientists and professionals of the highest calibre from developing countries to access world class strategic and applied research opportunities in South Africa in order to advance their professional competitiveness; and
  • Support human capacity needs and thus position the developing countries for global competitiveness in scientific and technological fields.

To apply click here

 

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please click on the links below to view Highlights from National Sceince Week 2017 which was brought to you by EDBOOK Media !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kdmCLqqWk8

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGFWSSDds2Y

TWAS is inviting young scientists from the developing world, as well as policymakers and diplomats with a science portfolio, to apply to attend a TWAS Science Diplomacy workshop on Sustainable Water Management to be held in Trieste from 30 November to 4 December.

The workshop will expose participants to some key contemporary international policy issues relating to science diplomacy and sustainable water management, including the use of shared rivers and underground aquifers, cross-border pollution issues, safe drinking water, etc.
Keynote presentations will set the scene and allow participants to develop their own projects in breakout groups. A visit to a local water purification plant is also being planned.

The link below provides further information and access to the online application form and guidelines:
http://twas.org/opportunity/twas-science-diplomacy-workshop-sustainable-water-management

Those interested in participating are requested to read the guidelines before submitting their application.
Applications can only be accepted via the online form which will be available until midnight (Central European Summer Time) of *16 August 2015.* Successful candidates will be contacted by early September.

Greetings

 

i am pleased to announce that the Call for nominations for the  68TH LINDAU NOBEL LAUREATES MEETING  which wil take place in 2018 for Physiology or Medicine.

 

please click on the links below for more information .

 

Lindau -Application Form

The Call -68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, www.twas.org, is now accepting applications for the TWAS Research and Advanced Training Fellowship programme.

The fellowships are offered to scientists from developing countries and are tenable at centres of excellence in various developing countries.

Eligible fields include one or more of the following: agricultural and biological sciences, medical and health sciences, chemistry, engineering, astronomy, space and earth sciences, mathematics and physics.

Please see
http://www.twas.org/opportunity/twas-fellowships-research-and-advanced-training for the latest information regarding the above programme, including eligibility criteria,guidelines, etc.

Download application form here.

Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply.

                                                                                        Commemorating  Women’s Day

       WomensMonthOnlinebanner

 

 

Women's Day marks the anniversary of the great women's march of 1956, where women marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the carrying of pass books.

On 9 August 1956, about 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against legislation aimed at tightening the apartheid government's control over the movement of black women in urban areas.

 

Please go out and celebrate this auspicious day!

 

We will profile some of our members on our social media pages this women’s month , please share this.

#WomenInScience #OWSD-SANC #WomensMonth

 

We value you!

The TWAS Visiting Expert Programme supports visits of internationally renowned scientists to institutions located in developing countries, especially those located in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

The objective of the programme is to provide institutions and research groups in developing countries, especially those with limited outside contacts, with the opportunity to establish long-term links with world leaders in science and so help develop capacity-building in their country. Under the programme, prospective host institutions can invite internationally renowned experts in areas of science other than mathematics and physics to collaborate in research and training.

The visit should have a minimum stay of two weeks at the host institution. TWAS will cover the cost of the air ticket and will provide an honorarium of USD 500, while the host institution is expected to cover local expenses. Attached please find the relevant application form

Invitation
HSRC Women’s Day Seminar

Black Women, Leadership and Contemporary Struggles in South African society

Presenters:

  • Dr Naomi Nkealah, Senior lecturer, Department of English Studies, UNISA
  • Ms Nondumiso Nsibande, Executive Director, Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC)
  • Ms Vuyiseka Dubula, Programmes Direcetor, Sonke Gender Justice
  • Dr Heidi Van Rooyen, Executive Director, Human and Social Development, HSRC

Date: 8 August 2017
Time: 12h00  - 14:00
Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)

9 August in South Africa is always a proud commemoration of the leadership and bravery of black women. The courage shown by the leadership of the 1956 Women’s March is a reminder that no struggle is insurmountable and that collective organising and unity can be an invaluable force for change.

Although the Women’s March demonstrated the power of women and resulted in some changes, the South African woman continues to experience challenges which impact on and distort perceptions on the value of women in society.

However, the daily struggle for liberation and freedom continued during apartheid, and continues into the contemporary period. Our work is not done. Black women are breaking new boundaries and setting new standards yet are faced with on-going challenges and perceptions of their competence, value and their worth, within all sectors in South African society. While women are well represented nationally and in the political space particularly, this is yet to be seen at the provincial and local level. Within the research and academic environments, black female emerging researchers struggle to become more established researchers; those who do arrive are deemed exceptional. This is mirrored in various other fora, the boardroom, the newsroom, the classroom, amongst others. This seminar hosted by the HSRC will examine how black women across different sectors respond to the historical challenges borne of gender, class, sexuality and race, how the corridors of power are navigated, and what must be done to truly transform the lived realities of the black women in South Africa towards an equitable society.

 The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST.

Kindly RSVP by 7 August 2017

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street Cape Town, Cape Town. Contact: Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Durban:  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001 , Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline: August 06, 2015 by 16:00 (04:00 PM) (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Eligibility:
This call is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing a master's or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed a master's or doctoral degree at a recognized university. These research awards may be part of an academic requirement.

Other eligibility requirements include:

  • Your proposed research must focus on one or more developing countries.
  • Candidates cannot receive any other Canadian government scholarship, award, subsidy, bursary, or honorarium, or hold any federal government contract in support of a research/work project for the duration of the award.
  • If you are a non-Canadian residing, relocating, or studying in Canada and are recommended for an award, you will need a valid work permit before working at IDRC.

Duration: January to December 2016 (12 months). Based in Ottawa, Canada (Select placements may be located in one of IDRC's Regional Offices).
Budget: Salary for one year: CA$39,797-CA$46,070

Scope:
For payroll purposes, awardees are considered as full-time employees of IDRC. Benefits include Employer contributions to Employment Insurance, Employer Health Tax, Canada Pension Plan, and paid vacation leave. Some travel and research expenses are also supported, up to a maximum of CA$15,000.

As a research award recipient, you will undertake a one-year paid program of research on the topic you submitted to the competition and receive hands-on experience in research management; grant administration; and the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge from an international perspective.

Access the call document and frequently asked questions (FAQs):

All additional questions should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dear OWSD Members

 

GenderInSITE produced this video to showcases the activities it has been undertaking through the southern African focal point. The video includes interviews with Prof Roseanne Diab and Prof Jennifer Thomson, among others. The aim is to use this video for awareness creation and fundraising.

 

Please click on the link below for the final video that has been produced for GenderInSITE.

https://youtu.be/zJq3EvcvAJ0

 

I hope you enjoy it!

 

1. Atta-ur-Rahman Prize

The annual Atta-ur-Rahman Prize is sponsored by TWAS Fellow Atta-ur-Rahman, This award is given to a chemist under the age of 40 who lives and works in a scientifically lagging country. The prize is worth USD 4,000 and winners are invited to attend the TWAS General Meeting and present a paper on their work.
1.1. Eligible candidates
• Young chemists (under the age of 40).
• Living and working in a scientifically lagging countries in the subSaharan Africa region (Please find the attached list of the lagging countries).
• All fields of Chemistry are eligible.

1.2. Potential candidates

Winners of TWAS Prizes for Young Scientists and AU-TWAS Young Scientist National Awards in the field of Chemistry are put forward.
1.3. Selection
TWAS ROSSA will submit all the nominations from the region to TWAS for final selection which will be administered by Professor Atta-ur-Rahman.

2. C.N.R. Rao Prize

The prize, named after TWAS Founding Fellow and former president C.N.R. Rao, carries a cash award of USD4,000 generously provided by Professor Rao. It is designed to honour TWAS Fellows from the developing world, especially scientists from the world's scientifically lagging and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), who have made significant contributions to global science.

2.1. Eligible candidates
TWAS Fellows from the world's scientifically and technologically lagging countries in the subSaharan Africa region, who have made significant contributions to global science (Please find the attached list of countries that fit the description).

2.2. Potential candidates
TWAS ROSSA will submit all the candidates' nomination from eligible countries in the region to TWAS headquarters.
2.3. Selection
TWAS officers will review the nominations from the Regional Offices and propose a winner for approval by Prof. C.N.R. Rao.

3. Nominations

• Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellows, fellow/members of National Academies and Young Academies in the region, Research Institutions, Research Councils and Universities in the region.
• Nomination of women is highly encouraged.
• Self-nominations will not be considered.
• The completed nomination form for each prize must be accompanied by all the relevant documents.

4. Requirements

• Candidate's full CV.
• List of publications.
• Motivational letter (1 page) for each of the above prizes.

5. Deadline

The completed nomination form(s) and all the relevant documents must be submitted to TWAS ROSSA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Friday 10 July 2015.

Dear OWSD Stakeholder

 

You are encouraged to participate in the Organization for Women in Science for the developing world (OWSD) Regional Conference – AFRICA.

 

This conference will take place from 13th – 15th November 2017 at icipe, Kasaraniduduville campus, Nairobi, Kenya.

 

For all those who are interested , please see  click on the following for more information.

The call for abstracts

The flyer

 

Thank you.

The World Academy of Sciences - Regional Office for subSaharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has contributed to the development of scientific educational material by awarding an annual Regional Prize. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. Scientific educational materials are essential components for solving many local, regional and global challenges that include poverty, health and sustainable development.
The prize for 2015 will be awarded to a scientist who has made significant contributions to the development of scientific educational material.

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Germany's Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) invites young scientists from around the world to enter the first ever FAU Open Research Challenge.

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the global online contest offers exciting opportunities for ambitious academics. We invite you to tackle interesting research questions, network and collaborate in international teams, and probe your ideas and skills in this solution oriented, research-driven competition.

About the FAU Open Challenge

The contest consists of three parallel challenges in three of FAU's major research areas:

  • Digital Forensics
  • Discrete Optimization
  • Photonic Technologies

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts in the respective fields. The winners will be invited to an all-expenses paid stay in Erlangen-Nuremberg in October 2015, during which they are welcome to visit relevant research groups and laboratories at FAU, discuss their solutions, explore possibilities for future collaboration or career development, get to know the cultural and culinary highlights of Germany and Bavaria, and finally present their work at the popular science festival "Long Night of Science."

Join this community of young researchers from all over the world in tackling the research challenges!

This is your chance to visit and enjoy Germany – land of ideas, where even the head of government is a former research scientist: physicist Dr Angela Merkel.

For more information: openresearchchallenge.fau.de

We would like to congratulate our OWSD Member Funeka Nkosi for making it into the Mail and Guardian 2017 Top 200 Young South Africans under science and technology!

follow the link for more information about this amazing young woman!

http://200ysa.mg.co.za/2017/funeka-nkosi/

1st International Conference on Science, Technology, Innovation (STI) and Development

9th-10th September 2015, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Scientific advance and technological innovation have brought remarkable growth in industrial production, economic expansion and better living condition over the world. At the same time, we also observed the phenomenon that many technology transfers and STI development cooperation did not work well in many developing countries as it promised. There is a strong need to analyze and learn from more successful and failure stories regarding how to nurture STI national ecosystem in developing countries and how STI can play a meaningful role in international development cooperation.

In light of this, International Innovation Cooperation Center of Science Technology Policy Institute (STEPI-IICC) would like to invite you to submit papers on science, technology and innovation (STI) and development cooperation.

Authors of selected papers will have a chance to present their papers as part of an international conference on STI and development that will be jointly organized by STEPI and World Bank. The conference will take place in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 9th~10th September, 2015.

This call for papers seeks to explore and focus on the below main themes:

- Theme: STI and Development Cooperation

- Sub-theme: a number of sub-theme have been identified, including but not limited to: STI Policy, ICT, Environment, Entrepreneurship, Agriculture, Science and Technology Park, Appropriate Technology, etc.

We invite you to submit your abstract (no more than 300~500 words) by 15th July, 2015, by emailing Mikyeong Won (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

For more information: http://iicc.stepi.re.kr/0804

OWSD South Africa National Chapter would like to share with you the article published on Elsevier Connect about the Workshop “Mainstreaming gender perspectives in science and technology in Higher Education: Contributions to the advancement of SDGs”, held in Buenos Aires last April. 

This workshop was organized by the UNESCO Regional Chair on Women, Science and Technology in Latin America and the GenderInSITE focal point for Latin America, with the support of the Elsevier Foundation and SIDA, the Swedish International Development Agency. 

Fifteen distinguished international experts shared conclusions and findings on the above topic, to outlining recommendations on how to mainstream the gender perspective in science, innovation, technology and engineering so that scientists and researchers –both male and female- are better positioned to address and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

You can see the article published on Elsevier Connect, by clicking here.

We would greatly appreciate your support in promoting and disseminating it through your respective media channels and networks.

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme and African university partners, requests applications for doctoral research scholarships in the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS).

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Dear OWSD Stakeholder

Please note that the call for 2018 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards Nominations for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World are now opened!

Nominations for excellence in research in chemistry, mathematics and physics accepted.

Deadline 15 September 2017

Please follow the link below for more information.

 

https://owsd.net/call-opens-2018-owsd-elsevier-foundation-awards

 

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, and TWAS offer three fellowships per year to young scientists from developing countries (other than Kenya) who wish to undertake their PhD studies in Kenya. Applicants may obtain all or part of their PhD by choosing a SANDWICH or FULL-TIME fellowship.

Eligibility

Applicants for the full-time postgraduate fellowships must:

  • be permanent residents in a developing country (other than Kenya);
  • be a maximum of between 35 and 40 years of age by 31 December in the year of application;
  • hold a university degree (minimum qualification is a Master's degree);
  • provide evidence that s/he will return to their home country/country on completion of the fellowship;
  • not take up other assignments during the period of his/her fellowship;
  • be financially responsible for any accompanying family member;
  • have official acceptance at an eligible department, institution or laboratory at icipe.
Programme information

SANDWICH Fellowships (for those registered for a PhD in a developing country): The Fellowship may be granted for a minimum period of 6 months and a maximum period of 12 months.
FULL-TIME Fellowships (for those not registered for a PhD in their home country): The Fellowship is granted for a period of up to 3 years. Candidates will register for their PhD at any university in a developing country.
The programme envisages only one journey to the host country.
Icipe will provide a monthly stipend to cover living costs, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency. In addition, Fellowship awardees are entitled to subsidized accommodation.
The language of instruction for foreign scholars in icipe is English.

For more information, please click here: http://twas.org/opportunity/twas-icipe-postgraduate-fellowship-programme 

Closing Date: 15 September 2015

New Zealand Scholarships 2019: Information wrt Applications

The latest round of New Zealand scholarships for 2019 has just been announced. Kindly find herewith the information in summarised form, as well as the link to the webpage where more information may be obtained.

https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/aid-and-development/scholarships/who-can-apply-for-a-scholarship-3/africa-scholarships/

 

QUOTE:

The New Zealand Aid Programme offers scholarships to people from eligible African countries who are motivated to make a difference at home.

Applications open in early 2018 for tertiary study beginning early 2019. Read Application dates for more information.

Scholarships available

The following scholarship types are available. Follow the links below for more information about the particular scholarship type.

 

New Zealand Development Scholarship

Eligible countries: Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship

 

Eligible Countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Eligibility

Candidates must meet all the New Zealand Scholarships eligibility criteria. Note: there are differing criteria for different scholarships.

Read the full eligibility criteria

Priority Sectors

We want scholars who are interested in studying subjects that can improve the social and economic development of your country. We’ve chosen priority sectors that can help your country and that New Zealand has expertise in.

If you can show that your study is connected to any of these sectors, you are more likely to be selected.

These are the priority sectors:

Agriculture development

  • Agri-business management: agricultural economics, agricultural systems and management, rural development, logistics, supply chain and distribution management, value chain development, agriculture marketing, international agribusiness
  • Agriculture production: animal science, veterinary nursing, plant science, horticultural science, soil science  
  • Agriculture trade and technology: Phytosanitary, bio-security, biotechnology, agricultural trade
  • Post-harvest: food production, food sciences/technology, post-harvest processing, food storage and packaging, food safety

Renewable energy

  • Geothermal, solar, hydro-electric and wind energy, energy engineering, renewable energy distribution systems, energy sector management/reform, including energy economics and financials

Read the What You Can Study page to see examples of qualifications for these subjects.

Selection Preferences

We are guided by both the Priority Sectors (above) and Selection Preferences when shortlisting candidates. 

Make sure you understand our Selection Preferences.

Contact Us

We get many enquiries that can be answered by reading the extensive information on our website. For example, see Eligibility, How to Apply or frequently asked questions.

 

For questions which are not answered by the information on this website, submit an online enquiry here (external link).

The Call for Applications for the OWSD postgraduate fellowships is open.

Women from Sub-Saharan Africa or Least Developed Countries (see list below) can apply for a PhD programme or for an MSc converting to a PhD programme. Grantees can choose either a full-time three year fellowship option, where the research is undertaken entirely at the host institute, or a sandwich option, where applicants are registered as PhD students in their home country and spend a minimum of six months at a host institute abroad. We particularly encourage women to consider the sandwich option, which allows them to earn the PhD in their home country while accessing specialist researchers and equipment at the host institute.

ELIGIBLE SCIENTIFIC FIELDS

Agricultural Sciences; Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biological Systems and Organisms; Medical and Health Sciences; Neurosciences; Chemical Sciences; Engineering Sciences; Information Technology; Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences; Mathematical Sciences; Physics. Please note that applications from students in the Basic (or 'pure') Sciences, such as Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry are encouraged.

Deadline for submission of applications: 31 July 2015

For more information on how to apply and on the selection process, visit: http://owsd.ictp.it/activities/postgraduate-training-fellowships

i hope you are aware that today , 23 June 2017 is International Women in Engineering Day!

 

The Royal Academy of Engineer will be launching a video profiling 5 women engineers from Mozambique, Uganda, Palestine, Germany and the UK to mark celebrations for the day.

 

All five role models have been actively involved with the Academy through its International, Queen Elizabeth Prize, Enterprise Hub and other activities and have a fascinating story to tell about their different routes into STEM. The video also highlights the important role both men and women can play as allies to help improve diversity and inclusion in the profession.

 

The ‘Women in engineering – let’s change the world’ video will be launched tomorrow 23 June at www.raeng.org.uk and will also be uploaded on Academy’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ17qoR9JJk1XuNirnLx3vl8LJS1BgX85 . Please note that this link is under embargo until 00.01 23 June 2017.

 

For your information, I am attaching the INWED video press release and some suggested tweets. It would be great if you could share the above link with your networks and pass on this information to your communications teams to support promotion of the clip.

 

In addition to the overall ‘Women in engineering – let’s change the world’ video, we have also produced 12 additional short social media clips where the 5 role models cover specific topics including; ‘Men as Allies’, ‘ What is engineering like?’ and ‘Women in engineering’. All clips can be accessed via the YouTube link provided above.

 

Please remember to hashtag #EngDiversity, #INWED17 and tag @RAEngNews. If you are planning anything exciting tomorrow let us know and we will promote via Academy’s channels too.

 

Thank you all in advance for help and happy INWED!

The L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO invite you to put forward the names of extraordinary female scientists for the 2016 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards.

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The World Academy of Sciences - Regional Office for subSaharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has contributed to the development of scientific educational material by awarding an annual Regional Prize. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. Scientific educational materials are essential components for solving many local, regional and global challenges that include poverty, health and sustainable development.

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funekaWe would like to congratulate our OWSD Memner Funeka Nkosi who was selected  to attend the Lindau  Nobel Laureates Meeting Ifor chemistry in Gremany, she was nominated by the academy of Science of South Africa   #OWSDSA-NC

see what she had to say here

 

Sapienza University of Rome invites eligible researchers of any nationality to express their interest in applying jointly for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships.

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The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) is pleased to invite you to nominate suitable candidates for the following prizes: TWAS-Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Prize; TWAS-Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Prize; TWAS-Abdool Karim Prize; TWAS-C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research; and TWAS-Atta-ur-Rahman Prize in Chemistry.

  1. 1.TWAS-Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Prize

Eligible candidates:

Women scientists from Scientifically and Technologically Lagging (STL) countries.  Nominations for the 2017 prize are invited in the field of Medical Sciences. For a list of STL countries, please visit: https://twas.org/node/2329

 

2.TWAS-Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Prize - NEW

Eligible candidates:

The 2017 prize will be awarded to a female scientist living and working in a Least Developing Country (LDC) for scientific achievements in conservation and management of natural resources. For a list of LDCs please visit: https://twas.org/node/2292

 

3.TWAS-Abdool Karim Prize - NEW

Eligible candidates:

Women scientists in Low Income African countries for their scientific achievements in Biological Sciences. For a list of eligible country, please visit: https://twas.org/opportunity/twas-abdool-karim-priz

 

4.TWAS-C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research

Eligible candidates:

TWAS Fellows from the world's Least Developed Countries (LDCs), who have made significant contributions to global science. For a list of Least Developing Countries, please visit the following TWAS web-page: http://twas.org/node/2292

 

5.TWAS-Atta-ur-Rahman Prize in Chemistry

Eligible candidates

Young chemists (under the age of 40), national of a developing country, who have been living and working in a Scientifically and Technologically (ST)-lagging country for a minimum of two years immediately prior to their application. All fields of Chemistry are eligible. For a revised list of ST-lagging countries please visit the following TWAS web-page: http://twas.org/67-countries

The duly completed form (see attached), full CV with list of publications, and supporting statement related to your candidates for the TWAS-Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Prize,  the TWAS-Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Prize and the TWAS-Abdool Karim Prize must reach TWAS secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than 10 July 2017.

 

The dossiers for the TWAS-C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research and the TWAS-Atta-ur-Rahman Prize in Chemistry must reach TWAS secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than 26 June 2017.

 

find forms below.

 

1. AF_Atta-ur-RahmanPrize form

 

2. NF_TWAS-Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Prize

 

3. NF_TWAS-SamiraOmarPrize_2017_

 

4. NF_TWAS-AbdoolKarimPrize_2017

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers who have obtained their PhD not earlier than 2010 and are from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a 'Cooperation Visit' to an institute in Germany. Please find attached the relevant application form.

Such visits will have a duration of no more than three months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.

The deadline for submission is 31 March 2015. More information here

Science Today   Call to action 1

Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) has opened application Round 15, and proposals for the six topics listed below are being accepted online through May 13, 2015.

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Human Sciences Research Council

                                                                                                                           HSRC to recognise outstanding contributions in the social sciences and humanities

 

Pretoria, Monday 24 April 2017 To recognise scientists and researchers who have contributed positively to the social sciences and humanities, the Human Sciences Research Council invites nominations for the HSRC Medal for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

The Medal is awarded on an annual basis to a scholar who has made an outstanding contribution through his or her research and publications in any discipline and field in the social sciences and humanities.

 

Overarching criteria

For consideration, a nominee must have the following:

1. a record of sustained academic excellence in the social sciences and humanities;

2. an international reputation for his or her scholarship;

3. a strong record of contribution to the public’s understanding of social sciences and/or humanities

4. evidence of meaningful, impactful work over a period of time, e.g. impact on public policy, community interventions etc.

 

Qualifying criteria

Nominees must live and work in South Africa

 

Nomination process

Nominations must be submitted in writing, as per the attached format and can be e-mailed to the Director Stakeholder Relations and Communications, Ms Manusha Pillai on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nominations will be accepted until the 30th of June 2017.

 

Selection and awarding

The HSRC will appoint an adjudication panel which will consider the nominations and select a winner.

The award will be presented during a ceremony hosted by the HSRC on the 31 August 2017.

 

Form of award

A medal and a monetary prize of R50 000-00.

 

Enquiries can be directed to Manusha Pillai at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

for more information click here.

Nairobi/Addis Ababa/London/Seattle/Johannesburg, March 9, 2015

In a key development for scientific and health research in Africa, the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, endorsed the establishment of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) - a platform created by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the NEPAD Agency. This pan-African platform offers an opportunity for the long-term development of research leadership, scientific excellence and innovation that impact on Africa’s developmental challenges. The AESA platform will, among other things, identify challenges that hinder rapid scientific advancement in Africa, run open calls for proposals with transparent review processes, actively manage grants and evaluate and measure the impact of such investments. AESA will promote the collaborative and coordinated implementation of the Africa Union’s (AU) Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024) in the area of health.

H.E. Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga, Commissioner of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST) at the AU said: “We developed STISA as a multi-purpose policy advocacy strategy for mainstreaming innovation in the priority areas of the African Union of which health and wellbeing are part. Mobilization of domestic excellence and financial resources and leveraging external support are vital for the successful implementation of STISA 2024”.

H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of NEPAD Agency remarked that the NEPAD Agency is committed to work with African institutions in applying science, technology and innovation in addressing Africa’s challenges in health and is therefore pleased to draw upon the capacity that resides at the African Academy of Sciences to establish AESA African leaders at the 24th Summit meeting from 30-31 January 2015 also called upon Member States, regional and global partners as well as private foundations to support the Alliance in order to strengthen health research and innovation in Africa.

AESA has already received the recognition and financial support of three developmental partners, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). In a response to this call by the Summit these three partners issued a statement saying: ‘We welcome the African Union’s recent call to establish the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), to be led by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in collaboration with the NEPAD Agency. The announcement marks a major step toward advancing global health and development across the continent. We are funding the development of AESA and share the vision of supporting the next generation of outstanding African researchers, who will help solve some of the continent’s greatest health and development challenges.

When announcing AESA at a recent meeting of twenty African Academies, the AAS President Prof. Aderemi Kuku referred to this development by saying ‘this marks a new dawn for science development on the continent’. A formal launch of AESA is planned on the side-lines of the next AU summit in June 2015 in South Africa.

More details available here.

                                                         TWAS Research and Advanced Training Fellowship: 2017 Call for Applications

TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, www.twas.org, is now accepting applications for the TWAS Research and Advanced Training Fellowship programme.

The fellowships are offered to scientists from developing countries and are tenable at centres of excellence in various developing countries.

Eligible fields include one or more of the following: agricultural and biological sciences, medical and health sciences, chemistry, engineering, astronomy, space and earth sciences, mathematics and physics.

Please see http://www.twas.org/opportunity/twas-fellowships-research-and-advanced-training for the latest information regarding the above programme, including eligibility criteria, guidelines, etc.

Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply.
The closing date is 1 October 2017.

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The Department of Science and Technology is calling for nominations to recognise and award excellence by women scientists and researchers.  

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Dear NASAC friends,

 

We are glad to share with you an opportunity that we are sure will be of interest to MSc and PhD students or Postdocs working in the area of water:

an advanced international training course on Integrated Water Resources Management.

A team of high-level international experts will be giving a 15-day course, which will be offered to 40 participants coming from different regions of the world.

 

The course will be given in English and full financial support (air ticket and hospitality in Brazil) will be provided to the selected candidates.

Coordinated by the International Institute of Ecology, chaired by Prof. José Galizia Tundisi, and funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the course is supported by the International Hydrological Program/UNESCO, the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the São Paulo State Water Utility (SABESP), and the Acqua National Institute of Science and Technology.

 

We kindly ask your assistance to disseminate this opportunity to potential candidates., as international participation is strongly desired.

 

Application must be submitted by the deadline of May 31. Please find further info at http://iie.com.br/curso-internacional/

 

To celebrate International Womens Day OpportunitiesForAfricans.com presented a list of the top 20 yearly International Scholarships and Fellowships for African Women. The list is available here

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Call for new members of the Organisation of Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD) 2017

 

The Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is calling for applications for membership from South African residents (citizens, permit holders and permanent residents). Membership allows for engagement in activities of both OWSD International and OWSD South Africa National Chapter. Becoming a member also enables you to have access to all the opportunities offered by OWSD International and its partners aimed at advancing your career development. OWSD arranges activities which provide networking opportunities, science communication or public engagement training skills and science& policy development for its members.

 

Background on OWSD International

OWSD is an international organisation, headquartered with the offices of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy. Its central role is to promote women’s access to science, technology and innovation (STI) thus enhancing their greater involvement in the decision-making processes for the development of their countries and in the international scientific community. Created in 1989 OWSD’s overall goal is to work towards bridging the gender gap in STI, and uses its forum for intellectual discussions to assist in the development of national capabilities to evolve, explore, and improve strategies for increasing female participation in science.

 

Background on the OWSD South African National Chapter

The OWSD South Africa National Chapter (OWSD SA NC) is hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). It was inaugurated in 2009 and is constituted by OWSD members residing in South Africa who fully support the objectives and activities of OWSD, and aim to enhance and promote female participation in STI professions, in scientific leadership, and in the decision-making processes at the national level. It is led by an Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction on the implementation of its activities. The OWSD SA NC is the instrument through which gender in STI activities are implemented by ASSAf, and falls under its International Liaison Program. The OWSD SA NC aims to influence policy through providing evidence-based science advice to policy makers and other stakeholders to address national issues in relation to gender in science and technology. It has been appointed as the southern African focal point of GenderInSITE (Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering), a global initiative to raise the awareness of decision makers on the gender and SITE dimension of development, aimed at both women and men. It works in partnership with the SADC secretariat and African academies of science to support policy development, human capital development as well as promotion and awareness-raising of women in SITE.

 

Vision: To shape the future of South Africa by contributing to gender equality in science, technology and innovation.

 

Why you should be affiliated to the OWSD South African National Chapter

As a member in South Africa you will be affiliated to the South African National Chapter which provides the following benefits:

  • Access to information regarding fellowships, awards, training opportunities and conferences;
  • Increase awareness of gender issues in STI;
  • Participation in mentorship initiatives;
  • Opportunity to contribute expertise for South Africa, Africa’s and the world’s developmental agenda;
  • Access to information regarding other National System of Innovation (NSI) organisations and/or stakeholders within and beyond South Africa;
  • Networking with other women in STI through the General Assembly and Conference biennially, and other opportunities facilitated by the National Chapter; and
  • Opportunity to access training and information on gender mainstreaming, the importance of applying the gender lens in policymaking and implementation, and women in STI leadership
  • Profiling on the OWSD National Chapter website and other platforms on provision of such information

Eligibility

The three categories of membership of OWSD are as follows:

Full Member

Affiliate Member

 

Associate Member

 

  • Woman
  • MSc or PhD in sciences, engineering or related sciences
  • Committed to the objectives of OWSD
  • Only individual full members can vote in the OWSD General Assemblies to elect new members of the OWSD executive board
  • Woman
    • BSc in sciences, engineering or related sciences
  • Committed to the objectives of OWSD
    • Man or woman
    • M or PhD in social sciences or humanities, engineering or related sciences
    • Committed to the objectives of OWSD
   

                                              

Membership Application Process

To become a member of OWSD, you simply register on the OWSD International website (https://owsd.net). Register at https://owsd.net/user/register . Registration will require your updated curriculum vitae, list of publications where possible or available, your passport size photo and other information. Your information will be used for OWSD related activities only. When the system works, all members that register receive an automatic message with following sentence:As an OWSD member you are also invited to join the National Chapter for your country. Full lists of OWSD National Chapters and the OWSD members in your region are available on our website.

For more information visit our websites as follows:

https://www.assaf.org.za/index.php/about-assaf/council-members/2-uncategorised/98-

http://www.owsdsa.org.za/index.php

Facebook: OWSD SA National Chapter

Twitter: @OWSD_SA

Application for membership is open between May and September every year. Membership received after September will be considered for the following year

For more information please contact

Mr Stanley Maphosa (International Liaison Manager)

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: +27 12 349 6647/Cell: 073 825 41

Prof Roseanne Diab (Executive Officer)

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: +27 31 764 6410/Cell: +27 83 284 3008

 

 

The International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC) in collaboration with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO and Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) will be organising the International Forum on “Harnessing Women’s Talents in Science, Technology and Innovation” which will be held on 25-26 May 2015 at Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Dear OWSD Stakeholder

 

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) invites you to nominate suitable candidates for the TWAS Regional Prize. TWAS-ROSSA seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has made significant contributions to popularise science, and has developed new strategies that serve the popularization of science and technology in the developing world. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. The ideal candidate would meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Scientific research achievement of outstanding significance for the development of scientific thought.

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Together, TWAS and Lenovo are offering the TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize, which is intended to give international recognition and visibility to outstanding scientific achievements made by individual scientists in developing countries.

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Dear OWSD  Stakeholder

 

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) would like to kindly request TWAS and AAS fellows, TWAS Affiliates, Science Academies and fellows, Young Academies of Science, Research Institutions, Research Councils, Universities, Government entities, and individual scientists from the Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLC’s) listed below to submit applications/

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The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers who have obtained their PhD not earlier than 2010 and are from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a 'Cooperation Visit' to an institute in Germany. 

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On 6 and 7 October 2016, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) hosted the 2016 Annual Young Scientist Conference in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology; the South African Young Academy of Science; Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE); and the South African Chapter of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World. The conference explored and discussed human rights in Africa in many of its dimensions to celebrate 2016 as the ‘African Year of Human Rights with Particular Focus on the Rights of Women’. (This article on Sex and gender transformation in Africa  was authored by Retired Judge of the Constitutional Court, Zak Yacoob and published in the SAJS)

Gender is a complex issue to navigate. Simply put, women and men should neither be limited nor defined by gender. Read this editorial by opinion and special features editor, Anita Makri from SciDevNet here

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) is critical in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as it lays the foundation for new approaches and technologies to identify and tackle global challenges affecting sustainable development (United Nations, 2016). Evidence based data is important for policy formulation, implementation, evaluation and monitoring in addressing various challenges of basic needs and climate resilience. As a result, the collection of STI data and statistics is critical for analysing progress in meeting the SDG targets and informing policy. The UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS), established for data capturing and development through partnerships with other statistical organizations, such as Eurostat shows very little data on trends in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Africa, with the recently launched UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030 reflecting the same situation. 

To highlight the need to urgently address gaps in STI data collection, the recent SADC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Education, Science and Technology held on 30th June 2016 at the SADC Headquarters in Botswana, acknowledged and emphasised the need for data collection, analysis and reporting as an integral to efforts in informing policy and addressing issues such as gender equality in science for Africa. With regards to science data development, UNESCO ROSA organized a GenderInSITE- Africa training session in July 2015 which catalysed discussions on the development of a set of indicators for progress monitoring and evaluation of gender responsiveness of national STI policies and governance strategies by experts, academics and policy makers from 9 African countries. One of the recommendations from the GenderInSITE workshop called for up scaling the training to include science data development.

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Considering the large number of people suffering from hunger and expected population increase next in two decades, food production system should be re-evaluated in order to overcome food shortage.

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The Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology, in collaboration with the Network of African Science Academies, GenderInSITE Southern Africa and a range of other organisations hosted a communication event to introduce a policymakers' booklet on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in Africa. The event was held on 4 and 5 July 2016 in Mauritius and brought together some 60 representatives from across Africa.

The advisory booklet analyses the current conditions relating to climate change in Africa and makes recommendations for African governments to promote better mitigation and adaption strategies, including key policy actions and interventions specific to water, agriculture and food security, fisheries, coastal and urban zones, and human health. The Southern Africa focal point organised a session on 'Applying a gender lens to Climate Change' on 4 July 2016 where a panel of experts engaged the audience on issues relating to the gender dimensions of Climate Change with a focus on the countries they originate from. The session, led by ASSAf council member, Prof Himla Soodyall, addressed the following questions:

  1. Why it is important to apply the gender lens in climate change research? Vulnerability and adaptation assessments with a gender dimension.
  2. What is the role of young academies of science in advocating for the application of the gender lens to climate change adaptation and resilience?
  3. Why gendered innovations? Conceptualising and implementing technologies and innovations to promote inclusive development.
  4. Why is it important to integrate gender concerns in climate change communication and decision making in Africa?

"Mainstreaming gender segregated approaches in adaptation and mitigation of Climate Change interventions is crucial", highlighted Prof Amon Murwira from the University of Zimbabwe.

Other participants also discussed gender-sensitive approaches for adaptation and mitigation while highlighting specific challenges unique to African countries.

On 5 July 2016, another session presented another opportunity to specifically address the role of gender in responding to climate change. This session on 'Gender and Technology in Climate Change: The Opportunities and Challenges in the African Context,' took place on 5 July 2016 and was led by Ms Stella Gama, Deputy Director of the Department of Forestry in Malawi.

"Many topics within science, or more generally, have a gender dimension; you can tell a more complete, honest, richer and fuller story if you take gender into account.   By applying a gender lens to different aspects of a story you can consider obvious voices, but also the voices that are often missing. But how can you apply this gender lens?   It goes beyond making sure that you interview both men and women, and is more about building the gender dimension in as one of the many that you consider. It is a part of the culture and process of story creation, and certainly not a box-ticking exercise". Read the rest of SciDev.net article here.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE), the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World South Africa Chapter (OWSD-SANC), and the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) will be hosting the Annual Young Scientists' Conference from 6 to 7 October 2016. The conference is aligned to the 2016 African Union Year Theme, "Year of Human Rights with Special Focus on Rights of Women" and it is titled "Human Rights".

Conference sub-themes

The theme of the conference is, "Human Rights". The conference will focus on four key issues relevant in the area of human rights and the inter-relationships between them. All four sub-themes are of particular importance to Africa. 

      1. Human Rights in Africa: Context and Universality

  • This sub-theme will focus on the factors affecting the realisation of human rights in the African continent and will draw parallels with the nature of human rights in the world in general. It will closely examine the context of human rights in Africa as they relate to race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and culture. It will seek to Analyse human rights as enshrined in the Bill of Rights and their relationship with customary law. Do African cultures have a distinct contribution to make in legitimising, respecting and enforcing universal human rights?

     2. The Social and Scientific Dimensions of Human Sexual Diversity

  • The language of rights relating to sex and gender are used by NGO's, policy makers and scholars. This sub-theme will focus on human rights as they pertain to the LGBT community at large. Social and scientific dimensions on human sexual diversity will be put under scrutiny. Protection of human rights as they relate to sexual diversity is an important area of focus.

     3. Redress of Colonial Heritage in Promoting Human Rights in Africa

  • The social inequalities of class, race, gender, institutions, and colonial symbols have profoundly shaped the African continent. This sub-theme will focus on colonial legacy and its impact on promoting human rights in Africa. What policies are appropriate and effective in redressing this heritage?

     4. Relationship between Science and Human Rights in Africa

  • The role of policy makers is essential in finding a common ground between human rights and ethics in medicine and science. Some of the ethical issues include the exploitation of communities in Africa in the name of medicine and science. This sub-theme will scrutinise the role of science and medicine in achieving human rights in Africa. The relevance of human rights in medicine and science require closer examination as there are fundamental ethical issues in these fields.
Eligibility

This call is open to early career researchers who are based in South Africa. Applicants should meet the following criteria to participate:

  • Be based in South Africa
  • Be under the age of forty (40)
  • Be in possession of at least a Master's degree
  • Have research interests in the conference sub-themes
  • Commit to be present for the duration of the symposium
  • Submit abstracts that will be the basis for presentation at the symposium
  • Be willing to present and share current research results at the conference
Conference Participation and Application

ASSAf invites submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations in one of the sub-themes outlined above. The application form should be completed and sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel: +27 (0)12 349 6614 by Friday 15 July 2016. There is no registration fee to attend the conference. Further information about the conference will be circulated to the candidate.

General Conference Information

For any further information on the conference please contact: Ms Edith Shikumo Tel: +27 (0)12 349 6614 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

A GenderInSITE-OWSD-WISAT Panel on "Gender Equality in the Knowledge Society: Better Analysis Through Better Information" was held at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on February 15.  With funding from The Elsevier Foundation and Sida, the panel presented the results of the National Assessments on Gender and STI for Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and the USA. 

More information here.

About the event

The OWSD Fifth General Assembly and International Conference on 'Women in Science and Technology for the Developing World' was held on 16 – 19 May 2016 in Kuwait City. The conference was organised by OWSD International and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and brought together over 300 women from various developing countries (most of them OWSD members), to further understand the challenges faced by women in science and technology and to recommend best practices that will enable them to overcome these challenges.

Background

The opening ceremony coincided with the first Kuwait National Women's Day, which highlighted women's scientific achievements. Kuwait has a long history of supporting OWSD and in fact sponsored the first General Assembly in Cairo in 1993, and more recently, KISR hosted the "International Conference on Women in Science and Technology in the Arab Countries" (April 2013). Hence it was very appropriate that the Fifth General Assembly (5GA) and International Conference be held in Kuwait.

Workshops

The South African national chapter hosted an interactive workshop for all national chapters and members on developing best practices and participated in the a enlightening session on 'Applying a gender lens in (your) Research' hosted by GenderInSITE. Another significant workshop took place was on 'Mentoring: What is it, who needs it and how do you get it' organised by AuthorAid.

Jennifer Thomson elected as OWSD President

OWSD South Africa's Chairperson, Prof Jennifer Thomson, was elected as the new President of the organisation at the official gala dinner on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. Four regional Vice Presidents for 2016-2020 were also elected on Wednesday morning, 18 May 2016.

Thomson is Emeritus Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town. She is Co-Founder of South African Women in Science and Engineering. She won the L'Oréal-UNESCO award for Women in Science in 2004 and has an honorary doctorate from the Sorbonne. She has published three books: Genes for Africa, Seeds for the Future and Food for Africa.

Prof Thomson's election to this influential position is a testament to her personal dedication to the promotion of women in and for science, as well as recognition of the support that she will receive from ASSAf in the execution of her duties. It presents an opportunity to raise the profile and impact of the work that is being done in South Africa on such issues.

For more information and photos, please visit http://www.owsd.net/

CONICET (the National  Scientific and Technical Research Council ), a government agency that directs and co-ordinates most of the scientific and technical research done in universities and institutes in Argentina, is launching a new initiative on Gender, Science and Technology. The goal is to stimulate academic institutions and research teams to recognize the relevance  of this field and develop studies, dissemination and educational  activities related to it. 

This  is a result of an agreement between CONICET and the UNESCO Regional Chair on Science, Technology in Latin America, based in FLACSO (Latin American Social Studies Institute), coordinated by Gloria Bonder, Directora Área Género, Sociedad y Políticas, FLACSO Argentina. Visit the website (in Spanish), here

TWAS Regional Prize 2016: Building Scientific Institutions

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has played key roles in the establishment of lively scientific institutions and also who has significantly expanded the activities of established institution(s) in the developing world. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world.

The Award

The award comprises an award certificate with a citation on the winner's scientific achievement, as well as a cash prize of 3000 USD. The winner will be announced at the annual TWAS General Assembly and Conference which will be held from 12–17 November 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda. The prize will be awarded formally by TWAS-ROSSA at a suitable event thereafter.

Eligibility
  • Nominees must be nationals of countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Nominees must have made significant contributions to the establishment and or expansion of scientific institutions in the developing world.
Nomination
  • Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellows, fellow/members of National Academies and Young Academies in the region, Research Institutions, Research Councils and Universities in the region.
  • The nomination of women is highly encouraged.
  • Self-nominations will not be considered.
  • Nominations accompanied by the Nomination Form and all the relevant documents must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 20 June 2016.
Selection

Selection of the awardee will be based on recommendations of a Selection Committee comprising of TWAS Fellows in sub-Saharan Africa.

It’s time to flip the script for women and girls leading science and technology innovation globally. Women must be equal participants, leaders, and shapers in an increasingly connected world. Right now, women around the world are too often excluded from the global technology revolution. The result: more inequality, less innovation, and solutions that leave women out.

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The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), founded in September 2011, is calling for applications for new members. This letter is to request nominations of outstanding young scientists who may be elected as members of SAYAS. In the founding year (2011), 20 young scientists were elected. This year, and in following years, 10 members will be elected per year. After five years of service, members will become alumni and will be replaced by newly elected members.

About SAYAS

The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) is the voice of young scientists in South Africa. SAYAS aims to contribute towards solutions to national and global challenges facing society; provide a platform for young scientists to influence policy decisions; contribute towards the development of scientific capacity in South Africa through mentoring and role-modeling of future scientists; and foster opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations amongst young scientists. More information about how SAYAS was founded is available here.

Eligibility

To qualify for nomination, a candidate should meet the following criteria:

  1. Be in possession of a PhD or equivalent degree in any field of scientific enquiry, where science is defined
  2. broadly as encompassing natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, medical sciences and engineering;
  3. Evidence of scientific excellence through a proven publication record, and receipt of honours and awards;
  4. Evidence of activities demonstrating service to society;
  5. Be under the age of 40 years and within 7 years from award of a PhD at the time of nomination. Nomination of candidates who deviate from this profile requires additional motivation.
  6. Be willing to actively work towards achieving the goals of SAYAS.

Institutions/associations/individuals may nominate more than one candidate. A nomination form with guidelines for nominators, and a background document about SAYAS are attached to this letter. Please assist us in circulating these documents widely.

Applicants are requested to send a completed nomination form to Dr Siyavuya Bulani (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 31 May 2016. Unfortunately late submissions will not be accepted. Should you require any further information, please contact Dr Siyavuya Bulani on Tel: 012 349 6646.

Every February, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual meeting, the Elsevier Foundation and its key partners,the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and TWAS, the World Academy of Sciences, recognize the accomplishments of five early-career scientists with the Elsevier Foundation Awards for Women in Science in the Developing World.

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THEME:  Women's Empowerment and its link to Sustainable Development

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2016 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA). The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women. The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

The theme for the 2016 WISA is Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development, which is the 2016 priority theme for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).

Awards in the distinguished women and distinguished young women researcher categories will be made for research that responds to the theme within the fields of Physical and Engineering Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences. However, the DST Fellowships and TATA Scholarships are not restricted to the theme.

There is a special category within the theme which will award research and innovation (R&I) leading to demonstrable socio-economic impact and/or the empowerment of women.

The 2016 WISA will be presented on 11 August 2016 as part of the Department's celebration of Women's Month. The awards will be made in the following categories:

  1. Awards for Distinguished Woman Researchers
  2. Awards for Distinguished Young Woman Researchers
  3. Awards for R&I leading to Socio-economic Impact and/or Empowerment of Women
  4. DST Fellowships
  5. TATA Africa Scholarships for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology

NOTE:

  1. Winners may be requested to participate in public awareness initiatives led by the DST, at the expense of the Department.
  2. Finalists will be required to submit a short profile and three high-resolution photographs to be used for publicity.

NOMINATION PROCEDURE: Nominations and applications on the attached form should reach the Department of Science and Technology by Friday, 3 June 2016. No late nominations and applications will be accepted.

Nominations and applications should be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information contact Mr Thembinkosi Magasela at 012 843 6338 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nominations and applications should clearly indicate the category and should be accompanied by the documentation specified for each category.

To ensure that you have met all the requirements, please complete and submit the attached checklist.

OWSD International featured in the latest issue of International Innovation. Read it here on page 37-39: A passion for progress; Issue 171

Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDC) at Centres of Excellence in the South

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is offering a postgraduate fellowship to women scientists who would like to pursue training leading to a doctorate degree in a field of the natural sciences. 

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Annual grants support projects to build research capacity in Africa and level the academic playing field for women scientists. 

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The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission welcomes applications for a capacity building event, connecting African and European scientists and policymakers to learn together how to better use evidence for policy-making. They are looking for 25 scientists from across Africa who are engaged in research into water-energy and food (W-E-F) nexus, including those involved in collaborative research projects funded by FP7, Horizon 2020, the African Union Research Grants, the ACP S&T Programme and the ERAfrica initiative.

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Aiming to develop a critical mass of young physician leaders in a learning and action network worldwide. The Young Physician Leaders programme is IAMP’s flagship effort to challenge its member academies to support young physicians in their home countries and to strengthen their leadership skills – fostering a new generation of leaders in global health for the 21st Century.

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The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) invites you to nominate suitable candidates for the 2016 TWAS Young Affiliates. The honour is given to developing-nation researchers with at least 10 international publications who show potential for a high-impact career. During their five-year tenure, Young Affiliates build networks with other affiliates and with elected TWAS Fellows and attend international conferences such as the TWAS General Meeting.

Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellows, Members of National Academies and fellows, Members of Young Academies of Science in the region, Research Institutions, Research Councils and Universities in the region. Self-Nomination is also acceptable. The nomination of women is highly encouraged.

Nominees must be aged 40 or less and living and working in a developing country. More information is provided on the nomination form. Kindly use the form to submit your nomination. All nominations must be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 May 2016.

Please kindly note that late submissions will not be considered.

Your cooperation will be highly appreciated.

The Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize, worth £25,000, is awarded annually for outstanding academic achievement in transcultural understanding and is designed to illustrate the interconnected nature of cultures and civilizations. The award was founded by the  International Relations scholar, Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan. The Prize was first awarded in 2013.

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The first comprehensive survey of member academies of IAP: The Global Network of Science Academies, found the average share of women members across 69 national science academies to be 12%. In just under one half, 30 academies from 69, the share of women members was either 10% or less.

The report Women for Science: Inclusion and Participation in Academies of Science was supported by the IAP and published by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). It documents the results of two surveys undertaken by the Inter-American Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS) and ASSAf targeting member countries of the IAP.

The report points out that "great strides have been made in enrolling more women in undergraduate courses, especially in the biological and chemical sciences (success has been more limited in the areas of physics, mathematics and engineering), there remains significant challenges in ensuring that the best women scientists are able to have fulfilling careers with increasing levels of responsibility, eventually taking up leadership and decision-making positions."

National academies with the largest shares of women members are the Cuban Academy of Sciences (27%) and the Caribbean Academy of Sciences (26%). The national science aca-demies of Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and Honduras are among the list of the top 10 academies with the largest shares of women members.

Women are 'best' represented in the social sciences, humanities and arts (16% of all mem-bers in this discipline, across all science academies, are women), followed by the biological sciences (15%) and the medical and health sciences (14%). Women's representation as academy members is least in the mathematical sciences (6%) and engineering sciences (5%).

Findings for the three global science academies – Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS), the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – show a similar picture: women are 'best' represented among academy members in the social sciences and humanities.

The National Academy of Sciences in the US (47%), together with two European academies (Switzerland and Sweden, both 47%), have the best representation of women as members of the governing body. Outside Europe, Cuba recorded 40%, Canada, 38% and Panama, 38%. Relatively high figures were also recorded for three other European academies: the Netherlands (43%), the UK (40%) and Ireland (36%).

We invite you to submit nominations for the Royal Society Pfizer Award. The Award recognises research scientists, based in Africa, making an innovative contribution to the biological sciences or basic medical science that has led to a sustainable positive impact in Africa. 

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TechWomen provides encouragement, support, and mentorship to women from Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East working in science and technology. Participants travel to the United States for five weeks and are paired with top-notch women from Silicon Valley to serve as their mentors, develop projects, and participate in a number of networking opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Designed to support development in the field of technology, increase the trade capacity of the participating countries, promote economic advancement, and enable women to reach their full potential in the science and tech industries, almost 100 women took part in this U.S.-based mentoring program in 2015. In the spring of 2016, a group of American Mentors and TechWomen alumnae are scheduled to travel to select countries overseas to lead seminars and networking activities for young women entrepreneurs and NGO representatives, and to conduct presentations and workshops for undergraduates and teenage girls in STEM fields that focus on careers in science and technology.

Applicants from the following countries may apply:
• (AF) Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe
• (NEA) Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia
• (SCA) Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

The experiences we have as small children have a long-term impact on the entire course of our development. High-quality education and upbringing from an early age is thus crucial both for every individual and for society as a whole.

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The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries is seeking nominations for the TWAS 2016 Prizes.

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Browse through worldwide Grants and Fellowships available for South Africans in 2015.

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The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a 'Cooperation Visit' to an institute in Germany of no more than 3 months. Please find attached the relevant application form.

Under this programme, researchers are assisted in making a 'Cooperation Visit' to an institute in Germany. Such visits will have a duration of no more than three (3) months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.

The aim of the visit is to discuss research collaboration with German scientists with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term collaboration, perhaps through other Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, or German Research Foundation) programmes. TWAS will cover health insurance and travel expenses, while DFG will provide subsistence costs for the stay in Germany. The administration and financial operation of TWAS is undertaken by UNESCO in accordance with an agreement signed by the two organizations.

Deadline: 31 March 2016. Successful applicants will be informed three months after the deadline.
Completed applications, together with the supporting documentation, should be sent either:
• by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• by fax to +39 040 224 559 or
• as hard copies to TWAS secretariat, ICTP Campus, Strada Costiera 11, 34151 Trieste, Italy

Modern high-throughput screening methods for analysing genetic information, proteins and metabolic products offer new ways of obtaining large quantities of data on life processes. These OMICS technologies, as they are known, are fuelling hopes of major advances in medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry, the food sciences and related fields.

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The OWSD Fifth General Assembly and International Conference on 'Women In Science and Technology for the Developing World' will be held in Kuwait from 16 to 19 May 2016. The event is being generously hosted by the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and it aims to encourage collaboration and exchange of knowledge& experience among OWSD members and participants. The themes are:

  • Gender and Leadership
  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Science and Technology
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Health and Medicine
  • OWSD Programme Success, OWSD Membership Drive and OWSD National Chapters

On 16 and 19 May the OWSD Executive Board will convene the OWSD General Assembly and, in accordance with the Statutes, members will elect the new Executive Board. This is an exciting opportunity for OWSD members to participate in the decision-making processes of the Organization.

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Details on the vacancies available here

For each of the positions, applications with a letter of motivation, a full Curriculum Vitae (with age, nationality, marital status), and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be submitted on or before 20th January, 2015

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TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016 will be the fourth BioVisionAlexandira.NXT to be organized in Alexandria. The Event will be held under the theme "Research Ethics and Social Responsibility". TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016 intends to explore research ethics in the developing world, and highlight its importance for society. It will also identify researchers' responsibilities to overcome obstacles in developing countries using quality controlled and high standard research.

The Event will be held 10–11 April 2016, where TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016 participants will be offered the opportunity to meet other young scientists and professionals from different parts of the world. This will allow them to share their views regarding the status, obstacles and concerns of ethical research in developing countries. They will also be offered the chance to discuss different problems regarding marketing of ideas, tools for efficient patent searches and Intellectual Property Rights. The best ten young scientists will have the opportunity to present their innovative ideas and their impact on the development of societies. Furthermore, the young scientists will be invited to participate in BioVisionAlexandria.

Priority will be given to the best innovative research, and to research papers that meet the needs of the society.

Criteria of Application
  • Applicants should not be older than 35 years of age (by the first of January 2016)
  • Applicants should be Masters, PhD students or Postdoctoral scholars working in the field of life sciences
  • Applicants should have innovative research papers
Financial Support

Financial Support to air tickets is only available for accepted participants who are natives of developing countries by TWAS.

To apply to the TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016, please visit: http://www.bibalex.org/bva2016/NextRegistration/RegistrationForm.aspx?m=7.
For more information about the conference, please check: http://www.bibalex.org/bva2016/Home/StaticPage.aspx?page=61&m=7.
For any inquiries, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The British Academy is pleased to invite nominations for the 2015 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding. This major international prize, worth £25,000, was established in 2013 to reward “outstanding academic achievement in transcultural understanding” and is designed to illustrate the interconnected nature of cultures and civilizations. The 2015 prize will be awarded at a special event held in London in autumn 2015.

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