International workshop at STIAS highlights intricacies of knowledge transfer

International workshop at STIAS highlights intricacies of knowledge transfer

STIAS recently hosted an international workshop “The Impact of Foreign Experts on Developing Democracies” which brought together high-level government officials, donor representatives and academics from South Africa and Tanzania to discuss the intricacies of knowledge transfer in developing democracies. The workshop took place on 4th October 2013 and served as an occasion to present findings … [Read more]

STIAS Fellow Abdallah Daar to serve on new United Nations Advisory Board

STIAS Fellow Abdallah Daar to serve on new United Nations Advisory Board

Professor Abdallah Daar, STIAS Fellow and Professor of Public Health Sciences of the University of Toronto has been invited by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, BAN Ki-moon, to serve on the newly established United Nations Scientific Advisory Board. The central function of the Board is to provide advice on science, technology and innovation for sustainable … [Read more]

Manuel Castells at STIAS

STIAS Fellow Manuel Castells wins Balzan Prize

Manuel Castells, STIAS Fellow and world-renowned sociologist, has won the Balzan Prize for 2013. This prestigious prize is awarded by the International Balzan Prize Foundation to scholars, artists, and scientists who have distinguished themselves in their fields on an international level.  The Foundation was established by Lina Balzan in 1957 memory of her late father, … [Read more]

STIAS Long-Term Project: Being Human Today -- The Effects of Race

STIAS Long-Term Project: Being Human Today — The Effects of Race

Over the next five years, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation will fund seven long term STIAS research projects on selected themes. These projects will be fellow driven, i.e. through work primarily done at STIAS by invited fellows who are resident at the Institute for varying periods of time. Concept notes for the various Themes … [Read more]

STIAS Annual Report for 2012 published

STIAS Annual Report for 2012 published

The STIAS Annual Report for 2012 has just been published. Click on the image to view,  or click here to download the pdf version.

Theunis Roux and Laurie Ackermann at the book launch.

Book by Theunis Roux, “The Politics of Principle: The First South African Constitutional Court, 1995 – 2005” is launched at STIAS

18 July 2013, Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, was a most appropriate day for the launch of a book by Cambridge University Press dealing with the first South African Constitutional Court (1995 – 2005) when Justice Arthur Chaskalson was Chief Justice. The book, “The Politics of Principle” by 2012 STIAS Fellow, Theunis Roux (currently Professor of … [Read more]

Trellis Charitable Trust announces significant funding for STIAS

Trellis Charitable Trust announces significant funding for STIAS

When STIAS director Prof Hendrik Geyer received a late afternoon telephone call on 16 May from Genève he was rather unprepared for the good news that Mr Mark McMullen, Executive Director of Stonehage (Geneva) SA,  was about to announce:  “The Trellis Charitable Trust, administered by the Stonehage Group, is pleased to announce a donation to … [Read more]

Mr Mosibudi Mangena at STIAS with Stephen Hawking and Prof Hendrik Geyer (STIAS Director) during  the 2008 inauguration of the National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP).

Mr Mosibudi Mangena, former Minister of Science and Technology and current STIAS fellow honoured

Mr Mosibudi Mangena, South Africa’s first Minister of Science and Technology and current STIAS fellow, will be honoured during two ceremonies this week. On Tuesday 23 April he receives an honorary doctorate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Doctor of Science (honoris causa), the (partial) citation of which reads as follows: “As South Africa’s first Minister … [Read more]

George Pavlich awarded a Canada Research Chair

George Pavlich awarded a Canada Research Chair

George Pavlich, Professor of Law and Sociology, Associate Vice-President (Research) at the University of Alberta and currently a STIAS Fellow, has recently been awarded one of the prestigious Canada Research Chairs. These chairs are awarded by the Canadian government to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. They recognize outstanding researchers who … [Read more]

First STIAS Roundtable Meeting puts energy in the spotlight

First STIAS Roundtable Meeting puts energy in the spotlight

The first annual STIAS-Wallenberg Round Table Meeting took place at the Wallenberg Research Centre in Stellenbosch on 7 and 8 March 2013, on the broad topic of Energy. The theme for this Round Table Meeting was: Investment and technology choices in the SA power sector: Economic, social and environmental trade-offs. Following a three-day Workshop involving … [Read more]