|Welcoming Guests (15mins)||Prof Felix Dapare Dakora, The AAS President|
|Key note address (15mins)||Prof Vladmir Sucha (Director General, JRC EU)|
|High level brief remarks||Dr Jacqui Williams (UKRI), Amb Marcus Cornaro (EU Ambassador, South Africa) & Mrs Elisabeth Barbier (IRD)|
|World science academy message of support (5mins each)||Prof Ram Ramaswamy (India), Prof Isneri Talavera (Cuba), Prof Isabella Quakyi (Ghana), Dr Jackie Olang-Kado (NASAC) & Prof Nobert Hounkonnou (Benin)|
|Opening address by chief guest and host||Hon. Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, SA Minister for Science & Technology|
The African Academy of Sciences General Assembly (GA) is a biennial gathering of The AAS Fellows and Affiliates (distinguished senior and early career scientists from across the globe) that provides a platform for its members to network and showcase their research through scientific presentations. Fellows and Affiliates are also updated on the progress of activities and programmes at The Academy. The GA is also a platform where new Fellows and Affiliates are inducted in a colourful ceremony including Honorary Fellows who are eminent members of society who have helped The AAS to achieve its goals.
The AAS 11th GA, 10-11 December 2018, is organised in collaboration with South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST). The 2018 GA is focused on creating a platform for scientists, policymakers and the private sector to ignite conversations on how to mobilise support for science, technology and innovation (STI) that yields commitments to build long-term capacity for infrastructure and human resources. The theme of the GA is ‘Our history, impact and future.’
About the Science Forum South Africa
The Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) is an initiative of the South African Department of Science and Technology(DST). SFSA 2018 is positioning itself between an academic/research conference (where research papers are presented) and a science engagement meeting (where science is made popular, often with a focus on the youth). It is therefore a celebration of STI where we ‘ignite conversations about science’ on the middle ground between academics, policy and poplar science engagement. The AAS is a proud partner of the DST and as such is planning in partnership with the National Research Fund (NRF), an opening and closing plenary at the 2018 SFSA conference, 12-14 December 2018. Further, The AAS will be running a series of science talks around the role of innovation in the economic transformation of Africa; wise policies and investment through evidence use in decision making; biologicals for sustainable green agriculture; and enablers and inhibitors for women in STEM, a look at The AAS women in science.
Find the Science Forum South Africa programme here