Southern Africa Association for the Advancement of Science

Arnold Theiler David Gill (astronomer) Rudolf Marloth
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The Southern Africa Association for the Advancement of Science (S2A3 or S2A3) is a learned society, originally known as the South African Association for the Advancement of Science (SAAAS). Established in 1902, its principal aim is to increase the public awareness and understanding of science, engineering and technology, and their role in society, by means of various awards and by communicating the nature, processes, ethics, and excitement of science. Membership is open to all.

History

The South African Association for the Advancement of Science was founded in 1902 and modelled on the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA), now known as the British Science Association. One of the most prominent scientists involved in the movement to establish S2A3 was Dr (later Sir) David Gill (1843–1914), director of the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, who was elected its first president. All scientific disciplines were accommodated, with the result that membership rose to over 1000. For many years S2A3 was the largest and most influential scientific society in southern Africa. Members met once a year in different southern African cities to present papers and tend to the business of the Association. The first annual meeting was held in Cape Town in 1903. Two years later the Association met jointly with the British Science Association in South Africa. A second joint meeting was held in South Africa in 1929. The annual meetings were discontinued in the nineteen-seventies, whereupon the Association's membership declined to its present level of around 100.

Governing body

The Association is governed by a National Council, consisting of a president, regional vice-presidents, secretary, treasurer, and additional council members. The presidents:[1]

Branches

The Pretoria Branch of the Association arranges monthly public lectures on scientific subjects.

Awards

Publications

The Association annually publishes the Rudolf Marloth Brochure,[2] named after the former president Rudolf Marloth. It contains information about the recipients of the annual awards, summaries of their lectures, and other information relating to the Association's activities. A special centenary edition was published in 2002.[3]

References

  1. ^ S2A3 Presidents 1902–2002. In: Rudolf Marloth Brochure – Brojure. Centenary Edition 1902–2002 Eeufees-uitgawe. 2002, p. 27–28
  2. ^ Southern African Association for the Advancement of Science. Rudolf Marloth Brochure. Pretoria: S2A3, 2009
  3. ^ Southern African Association for the Advancement of Science. Rudolf Marloth Brochure. centenary edition. Pretoria: S2A3, 2002