The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) was inaugurated by President Nelson Mandela in 1996, three years after he won the Nobel Peace Prize. It was formed in response to the need for an academy of science congruent with the dawn of democracy in South Africa – an activist in the mission of using science for the benefit of society. ASSAf was host to TWAS's 11th General Conference and 20th General Meeting Durban, South Africa, in 2009. As of 2015, ASSAf is also the host of TWAS's Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa.
Call for applications: ASSAf-TWAS-AAAS Regional Workshop on Science Diplomacy
Founded in 1848, the American Association for the Advancement of Science seeks to "advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people." AAAS and TWAS collaborate at the interface of science and diplomacy, jointly operating an annual summer course in science diplomacy.
This training workshop is designed for young scientists (below the age of 40) living and working in sub-Saharan Africa and whose research and wider engagement has brought them into the international policy-making arena, as well as policymakers and diplomats interested in some of the central science-based themes that might influence their work, and representatives from NGOs and other sectors working at the science-diplomacy interface. Applications are invited from young scientists (up to the age of 40), as well as scientists and/or government officials, etc., with more experience in the policymaking arena (‘science diplomacy ambassadors’).
The completed application should be submitted via the online system which is accessible on http://bit.ly/sciencedipcourse
For any inquiries, please contact:
Ms Phyllis Kalele
Senior Liaison Officer
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
Switchboard: +27 12 349 6600
Direct: +27 12 349 6635
Fax: 086 407 2002