Basking from the euphoria of having its Executive Officer appointed as Node Coordinator for IYBSSD2022, ASSAf says it will engage stakeholders in South Africa and other African countries, to promote basic sciences.
The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has engaged the Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), Prof. Himla Soodyall, to represent the southern African region by serving as the node coordinator for IYBSSD 2022 activities in the region.
The South African Basic Sciences Platform (SABSPlat) hosted by the DSI under the leadership of Dr. Sagren Moodley (Director: Basic Sciences) serves as an inclusive, multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary forum representing all the basic sciences in South Africa.
Learned societies plan for IYBSSD
At a recent meeting hosted by the DSI of stakeholders involved with SABSPlat, it was encouraging to see how many learned societies have already started planning activities for celebrating IYBSSD 2022.
SABSPlat will play a key role in observing and raising awareness of the importance of the basic sciences for sustainable development, in accordance with national priorities.
Engaging stakeholders for basic sciences
ASSAf, together with the DSI and other stakeholders will continue to engage with basic sciences stakeholders in South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, as well as with other African countries, to promote basic sciences and the alignment of such activities with the SDGs.
The IYBSSD 2022 will be officially inaugurated with an opening ceremony from 8 July 2022 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Events and activities will be organized around the world until 30 June 2023.
This post was culled from ASSAf.