Manuel Castells at STIAS

Manuel Castells: STIAS Visiting Fellow awarded the 2012 Holberg International Memorial Prize

Prof. Manuel Castells, Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California, and permanent Visiting Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) has been awarded the 2012 Holberg International Memorial Prize for “outstanding scholarly work in the fields of the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology.” … [Read more]

STIAS Fellow Andrew Macnab receives ROSE Charities International Award

STIAS Fellow Andrew Macnab receives ROSE Charities International Award

The 2012 “ROSE” award “For outstanding humanitarian assistance to those in need,” was presented by Rose Charities International to Dr Andrew J Macnab (a current STIAS Fellow) on March 23 2012 at the charity’s biannual international conference in Malaysia. Nominees included the founders and innovators of a number of significant charitable initiates worldwide. In recognizing Dr … [Read more]

In memoriam: Donald Gordon STIAS Fellow Lynn Margulis

In memoriam: Donald Gordon STIAS Fellow Lynn Margulis

Prof. Lynn Margulis, who in 2010 spent a month at STIAS as a Donald Gordon fellow, died on 22 November at her home in Amherst, Massachusetts after suffering a stroke. She was best known for her theory on the origin of eukaryotic organelles and her contributions to the endosymbiotic theory, which is now generally accepted … [Read more]

STIAS–PWIAS Colloquium: "Many Voices One Song" Health promoting schools: Evidence, Strategies, Challenges and prospects (9–11 Nov 2011)

STIAS–PWIAS Colloquium: “Many Voices One Song” Health promoting schools: Evidence, Strategies, Challenges and prospects (9–11 Nov 2011)

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS), associated with the University of British Columbia, held its second Peter Wall Colloquium Abroad at STIAS from 9–11 November 2011; the focus was on the concept of Health Promoting Schools. In his welcoming words the STIAS Director Prof Hendrik Geyer briefly recalled a formulation of the early … [Read more]

International Honour for Chairman of STIAS

International Honour for Chairman of STIAS

Mr Desmond Smith, Chairman of the Board STIAS, was elected as President of the International Actuarial Association (IAA) at its recent congress in Austria. Smith is the first person from Africa to become the leader of this prestigious body representing 75 member countries. According to Peter Doyle, current President of the Actuarial Society of South … [Read more]

A STIAS tribute to Paul Cilliers

A STIAS tribute to Paul Cilliers

Our friend and colleague, Paul Cilliers, passed away suddenly on Sunday 31st July 2011. To all of us who have known Paul personally this is a tremendous shock and loss; for STIAS his untimely death leaves a hole which is difficult to imagine that it can ever be filled again. As a member of the … [Read more]

DST commits over R6 million for the research programme at STIAS

DST commits over R6 million for the research programme at STIAS

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, has approved that the Department of Science and Technology (DST) support the research programme at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) with a grant of R6 526 million over three years. Established in 2000 by Stellenbosch University and now managed as a section 21 company, STIAS … [Read more]

Major Wallenberg grant for the STIAS research programme

Major Wallenberg grant for the STIAS research programme

The Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation have announced that they will support the research programme at STIAS over the next five years with a grant of R30 million. In 2005 the same Foundation had provided the grant for building the STIAS Wallenberg Research Centre at Stellenbosch University. Earlier this month Prof Hendrik Geyer, STIAS Director, … [Read more]

Mostertsdrift’s gardener does STIAS proud

Mostertsdrift’s gardener does STIAS proud

Many a visitor and STIAS Fellow have commented favourably on the well kept gardens at Mostertsdrift — the old-worldly and manicured Victorian garden around the STIAS Manor House, and the more recently established low-maintenance garden around the STIAS Wallenberg Research Centre. Prof Lynn Margulis who spent time at STIAS in November and December 2010 referred … [Read more]

STIAS Fellow Mr Tito Mboweni receives an honorary doctorate from Stellenbosch University

STIAS Fellow Mr Tito Mboweni receives an honorary doctorate from Stellenbosch University

At the final Stellenbosch University graduation ceremony of 2010 STIAS Fellow Mr Tito Mboweni received an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Commerce (DComm) HONORIS CAUSA, from the University. Mr Mboweni’s commendation read as follows: “for his leadership in South Africa’s economic policy, his eminent achievements as president of the Reserve Bank, and his reform of the labour/industrial … [Read more]