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Germany and South Africa look to more advanced partnerships in science and technology

18/04/2013

Germany and South Africa look to more advanced partnerships in science and technology

South Africa and Germany have further intensified their cooperation in science and technology, providing opportunities for more sustainable and strengthened relations. This comes as the two countries culminate the celebration of the year-long German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013 themed “Enhancing Science Partnerships for Innovation and Sustainable Development” on 16 April 2013 in Berlin. A joint initiative between the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Year of Science celebrated the two countries’ intense relations in science and research, and sought more innovative ways to strengthen the relations further.

Interview with the special ambassador of the Year of Science, Motsi Mabuse

17/04/2013

Interview with the special ambassador of the Year of Science, Motsi Mabuse

Motshegetsi "Motsi" Mabuse was born in 1981 in Mankwe, which is today part of South Africa. At the early age of 17, she was the runner-up in the South African championship for Latin American dance and gave up her law studies to pursue an international career in dance. One year later, the successful dancer moved with her dance partner and husband-to-be to Germany. Together, they won the German championship in 2009 and 2010. A few days ago she won the German championship 2013 with her current dance partner Evgenij Voznyuk in the category Latin American dance. In Germany, Motsi Mabuse is mainly known for her appearances on TV shows such as "Let’s Dance" and "Das Supertalent" and as an expert on South Africa for the ARD television channel during the 2010 football world cup.

As a special ambassador for the German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013, Motsi Mabuse also supports the scientific cooperation of the two countries. You can read about where she thinks the partner countries can learn from one another and which challenges the two countries will have to overcome in the future in our interview here.

Brochure for the conclusion of the Year of Science

17/04/2013

Brochure for the conclusion of the Year of Science

Institutions from both countries have now been working together in a variety of scientific fields for more than 17 years. A brochure produced for the conclusion of the Year of Science documents this successful collaboration between universities, science and intermediary organisations, companies and participating scientists, whose dedication and knowledge have contributed to German-South African cooperation and a successful “German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013”. Based around the seven thematic topics of the Year of Science, the brochure illustrates selected examples of the successful, long-standing joint research as well as activities within the context of the Year of Science. Interviews and profiles complete the picture. The brochure provides a summary of the diverse links between the two countries and impressively demonstrates this diversity.

“Women in Science” conference to promote equal opportunities

17/04/2013

“Women in Science” conference to promote equal opportunities

The percentage of women who hold top positions in science is relatively low in Germany and South Africa, particularly in the so-called MINT specialist areas (mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology). In order to identify the reasons for this and to work out how the situation could be improved, scientists from both countries exchanged ideas at the conference “Women in Science – Promoting Excellence and Innovation for Future Development”, held at Kiel University of Applied Sciences from 21 to 23 March.

SANO: Workshop on the disposal of waste and wastewater

17/04/2013

SANO: Workshop on the disposal of waste and wastewater

In order to meet the challenges faced, particularly by South Africa in relation to the handling of waste and wastewater, a Young Scientist Workshop for the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the North-West University took place in South Africa at the beginning of March. In the context of the SANO project, “Sustainable Resource Based Sanitation and Organic Waste Utilisation”, the young scientists held their discussions in Potchefstroom in South Africa. The objectives of the bilateral cooperation are to exchange knowledge and experiences on the subject, to strengthen networking between the participating universities and to promote international mobility among young scientists.

Concluding film on the Year of Science

16/04/2013

Concluding film on the Year of Science

To conclude the German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013, a documentary film has been produced. Camera crews in Germany and South Africa were present at numerous activities to record the highlights. The campaign film features various different voices from the worlds of science, research and politics offering insights into the wide variety of projects from the joint year. The six-minute film was first shown to guests of the closing event for the Year of Science on 16 April 2013 at the Museum of Technology in Berlin. It is now available for download from the website.

Interview with the winners of the ACCTA "Year of Science Awards"

12/04/2013

Interview with the winners of the ACCTA "Year of Science Awards"

As part of a special session at the ACCTA 2013 conference "Advances in Cement and Concrete Technologies in Africa", the "Year of Science Award" was awarded for outstanding achievements by young scientists in the field of cement and concrete technology. The winners were Yared Assefa Abebe of the Leibniz Universität Hannover and Suvash Chandra Paul of Stellenbosch University, both of whom can now look forward to a scholarship for a research placement in their respective partner country.

Celebratory closing event for the Year of Science on 16 April 2013

10/04/2013

Celebratory closing event for the Year of Science on 16 April 2013

After twelve months of productive collaboration during the German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013, the key players from both countries have a lot to celebrate. The official closing event of the Year, taking place on 16 April 2013 at the Museum of Technology in Berlin, provides a great opportunity for this. Guests will be welcomed by Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister for Education and Research, and her colleague Derek Hanekom, South African Minister of Science and Technology.

First South-Africa-German Summer School on comparative psychology

12/03/2013

First South-Africa-German Summer School on comparative psychology

From the 18th to 22nd of February, the "First South-Africa-German Summer School on comparative psychology" took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. During this week students, young academics and senior scientist from the biopsychology lab of the Ruhr-University Bochum and the department of anatomical science of the University of Witwatersrand had the opportunity to discuss one of major constraints of modern comparative psychology.

Interview: Minister Derek Hanekom

27/02/2013

Interview: Minister Derek Hanekom

Since October 2012, Derek Hanekom has been the South African Minister of Science and Technology. Before then, he held the position of Deputy Minister of Science and Technology. The funding of the partnership in the fields of science, technology and innovation between South Africa and the European Union has long been one of Minister Hanekom’s projects. The German-South Africa Year of Science 2012/2013 is particularly important to him. Read in our interview what Minister Hanekom thinks of the co-operation between the partner countries and what he thinks the future challenges will be. 

Common approach to important issues: Lecture series comes to an end

26/02/2013

Common approach to important issues: Lecture series comes to an end

The question of the importance of religion and religions in various socio-cultural contexts is one of the themes addressed by the scientific network made up of the South African Universities of KwaZulu-Natal and Stellenbosch with the Humboldt University in Berlin. The public lecture series "Religion and Human Rights" at the Humboldt University in Berlin that ended 11 February 2013 with a talk by Dr Hans Joas from the Albrecht Ludwigs University Freiburg.

Between the past and the future – humanities and social sciences as current key subject for the Year of Science

26/02/2013

Between the past and the future – humanities and social sciences as current key subject for the Year of Science

Where did we come from and where are we now? It is rare for humanities and social sciences to offer just one correct answer. Rather, this field of research helps us to understand the past, to orientate ourselves in the present and to ask the right questions for the future. From January, the German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013 will be dedicated to humanities and social sciences research as a key subject.

SPACES scientific collaboration

25/02/2013

SPACES scientific collaboration

German and South African scientists are also working closely together in the field of geoscience and climate research. The inaugural event of the "Science Partnerships for the Assessment of Complex Earth System Processes in Southern Africa – SPACES" programme was a further highlight of the key subject, climate change. The programme aims to develop recommendations to politicians through cooperative projects in the region of southern Africa, in order to safeguard the sustainable use and preservation of the various ecosystem services in the region. 

New international Master's programme for students from Germany, Kenya and South Africa

01/02/2013

New international Master's programme for students from Germany, Kenya and South Africa

In cooperation with partner universities in Africa, the Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences (HNU) is introducing the Master of Health Information Management degree course within the framework of a programme run by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). For this purpose, the DAAD is placing over €280,000 at HNU's disposal – financed by funds from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Storms, flooding, desertification: climate change in focus during the Year of Science

20/11/2012

Storms, flooding, desertification: climate change in focus during the Year of Science

In November and December 2012, climate change is the key subject of the German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013. What are the causes of climate change? How can people deal with the negative effects of climate change, such as increasingly extreme weather conditions, flooding and progressive desertification? In the following weeks these and other pressing questions relating to the key subjects will be discussed as part of the Year of Science.

Embassy reception on 3 October under the banner of the German-South African Year of Science

15/11/2012

Embassy reception on 3 October under the banner of the German-South African Year of Science

At the German Embassy in Pretoria, the Day of German Unity was celebrated in the spirit of the German-South African Year of Science. In front of an invited gathering of 650 people, Ambassador Horst Freitag welcomed his guests, who included many representatives of the South African government. He extended particular thanks to Naledi Pandor , Minister of Science and Technology, for attending the event and for her tireless support for the scientific collaboration and reiterated his wish that this outstanding and fruitful cooperation would continue in the future.

South African and German students and professors jointly develop new e-learning concept

15/11/2012

South African and German students and professors jointly develop new e-learning concept

Infectious diseases in particular continue to pose a major challenge in South Africa. The key topic of innovation in the healthcare industry is tackling the question of which technical innovations can be used to help patients and medical staff. One example that can offer practical assistance is an e-learning concept developed by South African and German students together with their professors. The programme enables healthcare workers in the townships (who make a crucial contribution in the fight against HIV and tuberculosis) to keep themselves constantly abreast of the latest developments and methods.

“Biowaste to Energy” – how waste can help improve the environmental balance

13/11/2012

“Biowaste to Energy” – how waste can help improve the environmental balance

The South African province of Gauteng has set itself the goal of puttingthe region firmly on the sustainable energy map. A range of measures wereagreed to this end, including an overall energy strategy and a strategy torespond to climate change. Against this backdrop, a workshop on the topic of“Biowaste to Energy” was held at the University of Johannesburg on 11 October.The conference offered the specialist audience a platform for discussing thepotential ways of using landfill gases for the production of fuels forpassenger vehicles.

School competition "The South African Sky over Germany" – the winners are announced

12/11/2012

School competition "The South African Sky over Germany" – the winners are announced

Around 100 German and South African guests took part in the closing event of the school competition “The South African Sky over Germany” funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the Center for Astronomy Education and Outreach on 19 October. After exploring the digital planetarium, the winners, Einstein Gymnasium Neuenhagen, CJD Christophorusschule Königswinter and Carl-Bosch Gymnasium Ludwigshafen, were ceremonially honoured. Representatives of the three German schools selected and delegations from their South African partner schools were invited to the event.

2012 Winner: Distinguished Women in Science Award

09/11/2012

2012 Winner: Distinguished Women in Science Award

The South African Women in Science Awards (WISA) was presented in Centurion on 24 August 2012. These awards reward special achievements by women in science and research. The former South African Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor acknowledged in her speech the achievements of selected researchers. In connection with the German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013, there was a German participation in the award ceremony this year. Dr. Horst Freitag, the German Ambassador to South Africa, handed over some of the prices. The German researcher Dr. Britta Thege from Kiel University participated with a speech about the importance of the Women in Science Award.

African-European Tuberculosis Consortium: Interview with Prof. Dr. Gerhard Walzl

30/10/2012

African-European Tuberculosis Consortium: Interview with Prof. Dr. Gerhard Walzl

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Walzl of the Department for Biomedical Sciences at Stellenbosch University/South Africa is coordinator of the consortium AE-TBC (African-European Tuberculosis Consortium). As part of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) the consortium receives funding by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. There are seven African and five European institutions involved in the project entitled „The evaluation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis specific host cytokine signatures in whole blood culture supernatants as diagnostic biomarkers for active TB infection“, which runs since June 2010. The objective of the project is to develop innovative methods for diagnosing tuberculosis (TB).

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Interview with Dr. Thomas Scheidtweiler

30/10/2012

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Interview with Dr. Thomas Scheidtweiler

Dr. Thomas Scheidtweiler heads the Africa and Middle East department at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH). Having previously headed an agricultural centre in East Africa for a number of years, he has devoted himself for almost two decades to international scientific cooperation with the main emphasis on Africa.

He also works as a lecturer for the international cooperation organisation "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)" in programmes relating to regional studies, and as an international election observer.

In the Name of Sustainability

25/10/2012

In the Name of Sustainability

On 23 October, as part of this year’s FONA-Forum for Sustainability in Berlin, the 25 winners of the 2012 Green Talents competition were given their awards. Hosted by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for the fourth time, the "Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development" attracted over 400 applications from 69 countries this year. In the end, the distinguished jury of experts selected 25 winners from 20 different countries, from Brazil to Zimbabwe, for their outstanding achievements in the area of sustainability.

"Joining forces for health" – exchange of experiences between German and South African food chemists

15/10/2012

"Joining forces for health" – exchange of experiences between German and South African food chemists

In September, a six-strong delegation from Stellenbosch University and other South African research institutes visited the Institute of Food Chemistry at the University of Münster (WWU) in Germany. This exchange of experiences focused primarily on strategies for containing the risks represented by mycotoxins. The bilateral project was selected for promotion and funding within the framework of the ideas competition held as part of the German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013.

South African cities characterised by strong economic growth and a high degree of competitive ability

17/08/2012

South African cities characterised by strong economic growth and a high degree of competitive ability

The research report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) published in January 2012 evaluates the competitive ability of towns and cities worldwide on the basis of their attraction to investors, companies, employees and tourists. It was noted that the competitive ability of South African cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg is constantly increasing. The German-South African Year of Science 2012/ 2013 is fostering this trend by endeavouring to ensure that innovations lead to the advancement of sustainable developments in particular.

Seminar in Regensburg examines consequences of climate change in Germany and South Africa

01/08/2012

Seminar in Regensburg examines consequences of climate change in Germany and South Africa

As part of the ideas competition held within the framework of the joint Science Year 2012/2013, Germany and South Africa are sponsoring selected research projects in both countries. Among the projects being sponsored is a collaboration between Stellenbosch University in South Africa and Regensburg University of Applied Sciences. A joint seminar held by the two institutions in Regensburg on 19 June had around 50 participants and generated a positive response.

New places for 2013: the DAAD scholarship programme "SPACES" is sponsoring Ph.D. students from South Africa and Namibia.

18/07/2012

New places for 2013: the DAAD scholarship programme "SPACES" is sponsoring Ph.D. students from South Africa and Namibia.

Thirteen young students from South Africa and Namibia, all of them scholarship students from the research programme SPACES (Sciences Partnership for the Assessment of Complex Earth System Processes), are currently studying in special Masters degree programmes in Bremen, Cottbus, Greifswald and Kiel. Now the DAAD has announced the closing date for applications to receive a Ph.D. student scholarship.

Project Earth: Our Future. Climate change is the central topic in the national Science Year 2012 – Project Earth: Our future

13/07/2012

Project Earth: Our Future. Climate change is the central topic in the national Science Year 2012 – Project Earth: Our future

The German-South African Science Year 2012/2013 is focusing on highly topical subjects – global challenges that affect and concern people all over the world. Climate change is the best example of this. Consequently, as Dr. Annette Schavan, Germany's Federal Minister of Education and Research, emphasises, "the investigation of climate change is one of the most important tasks of German-South African research collaboration."

Members of Global Young Academy test science game "Expedition Moondus" at South African township school

26/06/2012

Members of Global Young Academy test science game "Expedition Moondus" at South African township school

With his strong call to scientists to get more actively involved in science education, Editor-in-Chief of Science magazine Prof. Bruce Alberts met open ears and minds at the International Conference of the Global Young Academy (GYA) in South Africa. Among many other activities, GYA members and their guests used their General Assembly to take global an inquiry-based science game developed by the Dutch Young Academy.

German-South African exchange between young scientists

15/06/2012

German-South African exchange between young scientists

German-South African exchange between young scientists embedded in Global Young Academy’s International Conference and General Assembly Meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa – With a program headlined by the South African Minister for Science and Technology, the Editor-in-Chief of Science magazine and other luminaries, the Global Young Academy (GYA) completed a very successful International Conference and General Assembly meeting. 

June 4th is the German Day of Action for Sustainability!

04/06/2012

June 4th is the German Day of Action for Sustainability!

The German Day of Action for Sustainability will take place on June 4th 2012. On this day, public and private organisations which are committed to the cause of sustainability will present their products all over Germany. Lots of interesting events – encompassing mobile phone collection drives, clothes swap fetes, coaching seminars and online debates, to name but a few – will entice and encourage you to take part in this campaigning day. The German Day of Action for Sustainability is being held for the first time this year. The organisers' intention is to hold the Day of Action regularly on June 4th in future years as well.

Alumni conference held by DAAD and Humboldt-Stiftung successful

20/04/2012

Alumni conference held by DAAD and Humboldt-Stiftung in Cape Town was a success

Around 150 participants from Germany and South Africa gathered in Cape Town from 13 to 15 April on the occasion of an alumni conference held by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). One of the conference's highlights was the visit by Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan, the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, and her South African counterpart Naledi Pandor.