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SAIIE March 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 10 March 2017 11:51

Refer to the attachment for the SAIIE March 2017 Newsletter. 


Attachments:

SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 2 _ March 2017_Final.pdf 1.0M 10 Mar 17 11:51

ORSSA - Nominations for the Annual Student Competition are Now Open

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 6 March 2017 12:14

The Operations Research Society of South Africa each year awards two prestige medals to the winners of its national student competition. These medals are

  • The Gerhard Geldenhuys Medal for the Best Fourth Year Project, and
  • The Theodor Stewart Medal for the Best Masters Thesis,

as featured in the March 2013 edition of the Society's Newsletter. Halls of Fame, featuring past winners of these medals, may be found at http://www.orssa.org.za/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Awards.StudentCompetition.

The medals are awarded at the annual conference which this year takes place from 10 to 13 September at Champagne Sports Resort, Central Drakensberg (see the conference website at http://www.orssa.org.za/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Conf.ORSSA). Entries to the competition will be ranked by an independent Selection Committee of expert judges not affiliated with the tertiary institutions of nominees, based solely on the written project or thesis submissions, after which the top two entries in each of the underlined categories above will be designated as finalists. There will be a special finalists' competition session at the conference during which these finalists (or representatives appointed by them) will be required to present their work in order to showcase the quality of the best operational research work by students in South Africa. Should a finalist neither be able to present their work at the conference nor be able to send a representative to present their work on their behalf, such an entry will be disqualified, in which case the third ranked entry, then the fourth ranked entry and so forth will be designated as finalist, until two finalists have been identified whose work can indeed be presented at the conference.

Nominations for written projects/theses in the above underlined categories are gathered by a Nomination Committee, which acts independently from the eventual Selection Committee. Supervising Lecturers are hereby invited to submit entries for the above competition categories to Marthi Harmse, the convenor of the Nomination Committee, at kmharmse@mweb.co by no later than Friday May 19th 2017. Students are not allowed to nominate their own work. Each nomination should be accompanied by a completed nomination form (see attached), and include a short statement by the supervisor in question on the degree of independence with which the student conducted the research as well as an electronic copy of the relevant project/thesis in pdf format on which the following information should appear clearly:

  1. Name of the student,
  2. Name of the supervisor, and
  3. Name of the University at which the project was submitted.

It is a requirement that students whose projects or theses are submitted should have qualified for graduation at their respective universities late in 2016 or early in 2017 (i.e. no earlier than May 1st 2016 and no later than April 30th 2017). The finalists will be announced on Friday June 30th 2017 and will be required to register and submit an abstract on their submitted work online (at http://www.orssa.org.za/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Conf.SubmitAbstract) for presentation at the annual conference by July 14th 2017. A new set of competition rules, recently approved by the Executive Committee of the Operations Research Society of South Africa, is attached for your information.

 

Yours truly,

 

Marthi Harmse

Chair of the ORSSA Student Competition Nomination Committee


Attachments:

NominationForm.pdf 14.0K 6 Mar 17 12:14
ORSSA National Student Competition - Written competition.pdf 432.1K 6 Mar 17 12:14
ORSSA National Student Competition - Presentation Session.pdf 55.3K 6 Mar 17 12:14

NSTF eNews - Implications of the US President’s actions and policies for science and scientists

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 6 March 2017 11:09

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Message from NSTF Executive Director: Implications of the US President’s actions and policies for science and scientists

 
The NSTF discussion forum on 8 March will provide a platform to unpack the possible negative impact of the Trump administration’s actions and policies on science and scientists. Read more
 
 

NSTF News

 
   

Share `n Dare programme (sponsored by the Fuchs Foundation): Prof. Crick Lund visits Grahamstown

 
Prof. Crick Lund, winner of the 2015-2016 TW Kambule-NSTF Award for research and its outputs over a period of up to 15 years, visited Grahamstown on 13 February 2017 to talk to students and learners about public mental health. Read more
 

Update on 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Awards

 

The 19th Awards gala dinner during which the winners will be announced will take place on 29 June 2017, with the Minister of Science and Technology in attendance as the patron of the awards. This year’s theme is Sustainable Tourism for Development #IY2017.

Click here for more information on the post-nomination process.
 

Upcoming Discussion Forums


NSTF Discussion Forums are public platforms that provide constructive interaction and discussion with government and stakeholders on key priority areas of concern to the science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation community. Topics for discussion in the NSTF programme for 2017 are planned as follows:
  • Sustainable Tourism for Development (aligned with #IY2017, as declared by the United Nations)

  • New Science and Technology Policy, April 2017

  • Science Councils Discussion Forum on Sustainable Development Goals 2030, September 2017

  • Language Issues in Schools, October 2017

 

Bursary Directory (sponsored by the Fuchs Foundation)

 
Learners and students interested in joining the exciting world of SET are encouraged to start applying early for 2018 bursaries.

Visit the NSTF Bursary Directory to view the type of bursaries made available each year, such as the bursaries offered by Johannesburg Water (SOC) Ltd; the NRF’s iThemba LABS and the Council for Geoscience.

Click here for updates on available bursaries and to read inspiring stories of bright individuals in SET.
 

Getting to know the work of the 2015/2016 NSTF-South32 Award winners: Dr Tolu Oni

 

Dr Oni’s research addresses the challenges facing people and healthcare in the urban setting. She is a senior lecturer at the school of public health and family medicine, University of Cape Town, and winner of the 2015/2016 TW Kambule-NSTF Award for research and its outputs by an emerging researcher.

Read more about her work in an article published in the Mail & Guardian.

 
 

Featured SET policy: Marine Living Resources Act: Draft policies on Boat-based Whale and Dolphin Watching; and White Shark Cage Diving

 
The policy on boat-based whale and dolphin watching will guide the evaluation and allocation of permits in the industry to ensure that all eco-tourism activities related to whales and dolphins are sustainable and effectively managed. The policy on white shark cage diving (WSCD) aims to provide guidance to the processing and decision-making on permit allocations for WSCD activities. Read more
 

Other SET-related policies currently open for public comment

 
 

SET-related policy news

 
 
 
 
 

Engineering

 
 
 
 
 

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The NSTF invites all our members, as well as all SET and innovation role players, to send us information on meetings, conferences and activities of interest to the broader S&T community. Please send us your news by the 20th of the month, for distribution at the beginning of the following month, to enquiries@nstf.co.za

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If you have any comments or suggestions on how we can improve this newsletter, please e-mail the NSTF Secretariat at enquiries@nstf.co.za

 

About the NSTF

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF), established in 1995, is a broadly-representative stakeholder body for all SET and innovation organisations in South Africa, which seeks to influence policy formulation and delivery.

The NSTF-South32 Awards are unique in SA, recognising the outstanding contributions of individuals and groups to SET and innovation.

The science bursaries page provides information on bursaries and bursary providers for science, engineering and related studies.

 

Disclaimer

The NSTF has taken all practical measures to ensure that the material contained in this newsletter is correct. The NSTF reserves the right to make changes as it deems necessary.


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Last updated Monday, 6 March 2017 09:09

First Call for Papers: 28th Annual SAIIE Conference: 25 - 27 October 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:09

 

Please find attached the First Call for Papers to the 28th Annual SAIIE Conference scheduled from 25 - 27 October 2017 at Riverside Sun, Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng.


Attachments:

SAIIE28 1st Call for papers.pdf 341.7K 15 Feb 17 09:07

Last updated Wednesday, 15 February 2017 09:09

SAIIE August 2016 Newsletter

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 14:05

Please refer to the attachment for the SAIIE August 2016 Newsletter. 


Attachments:

SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 7_ Aug 2016_Final.pdf 1.0M 29 Aug 16 14:46

Last updated Wednesday, 8 February 2017 12:05

SAIIE July 2016 Newsletter

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 14:05

Please refer to the attachment for the SAIIE July 2016 Newsletter. 


Attachments:

SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 6_ July 2016_Final.pdf 705.7K 29 Aug 16 14:45

Last updated Wednesday, 8 February 2017 12:05

SAIIE June 2016 Newsletter

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 14:04

Please refer to the attachment for the SAIIE June 2016 Newsletter. 


Attachments:

SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 5_ June 2016_Final.pdf 1.0M 29 Aug 16 14:43

Last updated Wednesday, 8 February 2017 12:04

SAIIE May 2016 Newsletter

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 14:03

Please refer to the attachment for the SAIIE May 2016 Newsletter. 


Attachments:

SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 4_ May 2016_final.pdf 1.2M 29 Aug 16 14:42

Last updated Wednesday, 8 February 2017 12:03

SAIIE Newsletter: April 2016

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 14:02

Please find attached the SAIIE April 2016 Newsletter. 


Attachments:

SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 3_ April 2016_Final.pdf 760.6K 3 May 16 09:12

Last updated Wednesday, 8 February 2017 12:02

SAIIE Newsletter: March 2016

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 14:02

Please find attached the SAIIE March 2016 Newsletter. 


Attachments:

SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 2_March 2016_Final.pdf 780.3K 3 May 16 09:11

Last updated Wednesday, 8 February 2017 12:02


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