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Seeking reasons for why we are where we are - Fellow's seminar by Christopher Hope

Seeking reasons for why we are where we are – Fellow’s seminar by Christopher Hope

“Nearly twenty five years after the fall of apartheid and skin colour has moved to the fore and is more viciously pointed out than ever. No one could have predicted this,” said author Christopher Hope. “There was a conspiracy of silence in the period immediately following 1994. The past was embarrassing so talking about it … [Read more]

Is Ubuntu part of the solution to the values crisis? Fellows' seminar by Bo Stråth

Is Ubuntu part of the solution to the values crisis? Fellows’ seminar by Bo Stråth

“What relevance can Ubuntu have as a global value resource?” This was the question posed by Bo Stråth and Tom Bennett in their recent STIAS seminar.  STIAS Fellow Bo Stråth during his seminar presentation on 23 February 2017 “The ongoing values crisis can be epitomised as an economic crisis that became a political crisis that … [Read more]

Roundtable participants

Implementing image-based mobile technology for diagnostics and treatment to improve access and equity in health care – STIAS-Wallenberg Roundtable on mHealth

View video showing roundtable highlights.   The fifth STIAS-Wallenberg Roundtable held from 20 to 21 February 2017 focused on image-based mobile technologies to improve health care (see announcement). The event attracted over 60 participants and provided a unique opportunity for cross-sectoral and cross-disciplinary discussions and networking.  The Roundtable brought together representatives from the clinical, research, policy, … [Read more]

Circuiting to the future: electricity for medical use and a greener society - Fellows' seminar by Magnus Berggren

Circuiting to the future: electricity for medical use and a greener society – Fellows’ seminar by Magnus Berggren

Band aids that monitor body functions and assist in diagnosis; medical packaging that measures temperature; electronic pain killers and devices that stop epileptic seizures; and, plants and paper that can conduct and store electricity. It sounds vaguely like science fiction but these are the challenging areas that electronic engineers and material scientists are working on … [Read more]

Lucie Laflamme and Lee Walls, members of the CC

mHealth – using technology to improve access and equity in health care – Fellows’ seminar by Lucie Laflamme and Lee Wallis

No longer only in the realm of science fiction, mobile technology is increasingly being used to diagnose and recommend treatment options for a variety of disease conditions. “The hand-held diagnostic devices seen on Star Trek and similar programmes are inspiring a host of medical add-ons for smartphones,” said Lucie Laflamme quoting an article from the … [Read more]

Exploring the need for human-centred social cohesion - Fellows' seminar by Håkan Hydén

Exploring the need for human-centred social cohesion – Fellows’ seminar by Håkan Hydén

“South Africa’s diversity is a product of historical experience, ethnographic complexity, racial and economic stratification, and forms of value deprivation that cut across every institutional situation. Diversity extends to language, religion, education, aesthetics and culture,” said Håkan Hydén, Professor in the Department of the Sociology of Law at Lund University and currently a STIAS fellow. … [Read more]

Abdallah Daar named Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS

Abdallah Daar named Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS

Abdallah Daar, convenor of the STIAS Health in Transition theme and Professor of Clinical Public Health, Global Health, and Surgery at the University of Toronto in Canada, has accepted a nomination as Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS; he joins a select group of fellows who “have an open invitation to work at STIAS whenever they … [Read more]

Lack of vision and restraint undermines just cause in student protests - Public Lecture by Winston Nagan

Lack of vision and restraint undermines just cause in student protests – Public Lecture by Winston Nagan

“Today’s students are fighting a just cause but may lose that cause by ill-discipline and a lack of vision and restraint. The strategies used should advance transparency and accountability.” This is the opinion of Prof. Winston Nagan, Sam T. Dell Research Scholar Professor of Law and Director of the Institute of Human Rights, Peace and … [Read more]

STIAS and AAS hosts first joint workshop for young scientists

STIAS and AAS hosts first joint workshop for young scientists

Forty participants from thirteen countries convened in Stellenbosch during the last week of June 2016 to take part in a training workshop on stem cell science and its application in Africa. This was the first event to be co-hosted by STIAS and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), based in Nairobi. Participants in the AAS-STIAS … [Read more]

STIAS Fellow Marian Horzinek passes away

STIAS Fellow Marian Horzinek passes away

Marian Horzinek giving a STIAS Fellows’ seminar in 2014  – he was joie de vivre personified   Dear Marian, You were so enthusiastic  to tackle your next STIAS project on  Infectious Disease Prevention in Companion Animals, and we were so much looking forward to see you back at STIAS in 2017. And then came your … [Read more]