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SACI News March 2016

                

At last the SAQA issue has been resolved. The plan is that from July 1st 2016 all SACI members can now be SAQA registered. This can be done via the SACI webpage. Methods to collect Continual Professional Development (CPD) points are being drawn up by the SACI committee and will be available on the SACI website by July. Information on SAQA is to be found in the newsletter.

We are seeking an academic to work with the committee that will oversee the SAQA registration process – any volunteers? Please contact Laila if you can assist.

Also - don’t forget to send in your nominations for the SACI 2016 awards. Last call this month!

Neil Coville

Content

  • SACI office address

  • Advertising in the SACI newsletter

  • SACI awards 2016

  • SAQA update

  • Nominees announced for the 2015/2016 NSTF Awards in partnership with South32

  • Section and Division news

  • African Journals of Chemistry

  • South African Journal of Chemical Engineering

  • CAIA Newsletter

  • RSC

    Newton Funds

    Catalysis for Fuels: Faraday Discussion

    Royal Society - Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges Award

  • SACI and SACI related conference events

  • ChromSAAMS 2016

    Others

  • Workshps

  • Design and analysis of experiments

SACI office address

The SACI office, run by Laila Smith is located on the 1st Floor of Gate House, room 124. The telephone number is 011 717 6705 and e-mail address is: saci.chem@wits.ac.za.

Advertising in the SACI newsletter

The newsletter provides a means of getting messages to our membership. Currently the SACI membership stands at over 1000. This newsletter thus provides a means of advertising employment opportunities, conferences and workshops, and even for companies/Universities to promote themselves. We encourage members to use the Newsletter for advertising purposes. All SACI related conferences and events are advertised for free; if not a SACI related event there could be a small charge. For advertising costs contact Laila at the SACI office.

SACI awards 2016

Please see the SACI web page for FULL details about the awards. Nomnations must be submitted to the SACI Office by April 30 2016.

THE GOLD MEDAL
The medal shall be known as the Gold Medal of the South African Chemical Institute.  The medal is gold-plated, and bears the Institute’s name and crest on the obverse and a suitable legend together with the name of the recipient and the date on the reverse.  A monetary prize of R10 000, together with a suitably inscribed scroll, shall accompany the medal.

Nominations for the award may be submitted by the candidates themselves or by any Member of the Institute.  Members of the Awards Committee may also invite prospective candidates to submit nominations.

THE RAIKES MEDAL

The medal shall be known as the The Raikes Medal of the South African Chemical Institute.  The medal is gold-plated and bears a likeness of Humphrey Rivaz Raikes with his name on the obverse, and the name of the Institute, together with the name of the recipient and the date, on the reverse.  A monetary prize of R2 500, together with a suitably inscribed scroll, shall accompany the medal.

The award shall be made to a member of the Institute, under the age of 40 on 31 December in the year of the award, whose original chemical research shows outstanding promise, as adjudged by publications in reputable journals.  It is further stipulated that the research shall have been performed in South Africa.

THE CHEMICAL EDUCATION MEDAL

The medal shall be known as the Chemical Education Medal of the South African Chemical Institute and shall comprise a silver medal, and a suitable inscribed scroll.  The medal bears the Institute’s name and crest on the obverse and the name of the recipient and the date on the reverse.
The award shall be made to a member of the Institute who has made an outstanding contribution to chemical education, as judged by the person’s published work in the previous five years.  Published work may be in any form and may be related to any level or educational context.

THE SASOL CHEMISTRY INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR MEDAL
The medal shall be known as the SASOL Chemistry Innovator of the Year Medal of the South African Chemical Institute.  The medal is gold-plated, and bears the SASOL logo, together with the inscription “Chemistry Innovator of (the year)” on the obverse, and the Institute’s name and crest, and the name of the recipient on the reverse.  The award shall be made to a member of the Institute based in South Africa whose scientific contributions in the field of chemistry or chemical technology during the year preceding the award are adjudged to be outstandingly innovative.  A monetary prize, of a value determined by the sponsors, together with a suitably inscribed scroll, shall accompany the medal.

THE SACI POSTGRADUATE AWARDS
The medals shall be known as the SACI Postgraduate Awards of the South African Chemical Institute.  The award will consist of a monetary prize of R2000, together with a suitably inscribed scroll.
The medals shall be awarded to student members of the Institute engaged in research towards a MSc or PhD degree in Chemistry at a University, or a MTech or DTech degree in Chemistry at a University of Technology in South Africa.
The number of medals awarded shall not exceed five per annum, and the awards are limited to one per institution.
The persons nominated are expected to be “young innovative chemists”.     The characteristics of such a person are: innovation, independence, and enterprise.

SACI FELLOWS
See web page for criteria

SAQA

There will be a registration fee and an annual fee that will be paid to SACI to cover SAQA costs. These will be given in the next newsletter. 

Register as a Professional Chemist with SACI
(Thanks to Ian Bratt for writing this document)
SACI is inviting its members to register as Professional Chemists.  The short abbreviation for the designation will be PrChemSA.  A member registered with SACI as a Professional Chemist can use the letters PrChemSA after their name e.g. George Brown PrChemSA
Chemistry a basic physical science which is a basis for many scientific and technological disciplines. This results in its graduates working in every sector imaginable.  We must therefore cater for a wide range of industries and economic sectors.  Any chemist who graduated with a four-year Honours Degree in Chemistry working in industry, commerce, government, academia, research, theoretical chemistry, experimental chemistry, and uses chemistry skills and thought processes in their job/career, is eligible to apply. 
However, a person first has to qualify to be an Ordinary member of SACI before they can be registered as a Professional Chemist. Check the SACI constitution regarding the criteria.

The PrChemSA designation will represent the highest standard of professionalism, competence and commitment to keep pace with advancing knowledge in the field of chemistry.  It is hoped that this designation will give a professional standing and recognition of chemistry by South African society.
Justification
Academic qualifications are only the beginning of a career in chemistry and its applications. The need for continuing professional development is widely recognised to be the mechanism by which professionals maintain their knowledge after the formal education process has been completed. PrChemSA demonstrates a commitment to maintaining competence, continuing your professional development and abiding by an acceptable code of conduct.
Benefits to chemists
The certification as a Professional Chemist will be an important addition to a chemist’s personal credentials.  When competing for a job, the designation will distinguish one from other applicants with similar qualifications but no professional designation.
Benefits for employers
Supporting the recruitment process, many recruiters these days want to know if one has a professional designation.  The designation can be used as a criterion for promotion, skills and salary benchmarking. It demonstrates that someone who possesses this designation believes in professionalism, continuous skills development, belongs to a professional body and accepts ethical standards.
Continuing Professional Development
Once a member has registered as a Professional Chemist, they will be required to follow and record a programme of Continual Professional Development (CPD) in order to maintain their Professional Chemist Status.  Over a five-year period they must accumulate enough CPD points in at least two out of three categories.  In addition, members must obtain a minimum of three credits per year.
The three categories are:

  • Developmental activities – examples are conferences, large group workshops, lectures, seminars, refresher courses, colloquiums and industry in-house skills training programmes (e.g. specialized equipment training, technical courses).  Generally, one point is awarded for every day spent on the above activities.  A maximum of four points per year can be gained in this category.
  • Work-based activities - by performing their day-to-day natural scientific responsibilities, a weighting of one credit for every 400 hours per year for natural scientific related work (including management) is awarded for this category. A maximum of 2 credits for 800 hours per year may be earned in respect of this activity.

In addition, the mentoring of candidate persons in the workplace will be recognised as CPD with a maximum of 1 credit for 50 hours of mentoring per year.

  • Individual activities - Membership of SACI will result in 1 credit per annum. 

Other activities include and will be credited as follows: 
Part-time lecturing to undergraduate and postgraduate students: one credit for every 10 hours of lecturing. Supervision of students undertaking postgraduate studies: 2 credits per year.
Oral examinations of final year and postgraduate students: 1 credit for every 10 hours of active involvement.
Evaluation of M dissertations and PhD theses by external examiners: 2 credits per year.
Evaluation of final year students by external examiners: 1 credit per year
Publication of research in peer reviewed journals: a single author: 2 credits per publication. Where paper has a number of authors: 1 credit per publication per author.
Papers presented at conferences or congresses / poster presentations: 1 credit each.
Participation in statutory, professional, institutional, technical or non-technical committees or task groups: one credit for every 10 hours of active participation.
Evaluation of educational programmes at Universities and Universities of Technology for accreditation purposes: 1 credit for every 10 hours of active involvement.
Evaluation of educational qualifications for SACI’s Standards Committee: 1 credit for every 10 hours of active involvement.
Evaluation of competence and applications for registration for SACI’s Registration Committees and Professional Advisory Committees: 1 credit for every 10 hours of active involvement.
Supporting non-technical skills to enable the Chemist to function more effectively in terms of complementary skills (e.g. Safety, Ethics and Competition Law training): 1 credit for every 10 hours of active involvement
Activities where a Chemist is contributing to the community (e.g. Science and Chemistry-related community outreach programmes): 1 credit for every 10 hours of active involvement
Publication of technical articles: 1 credit per article published.
Relevant additional qualifications (these are exceptional allocations): A completed postgraduate qualification: 5 credits.
Self-study which includes, but is not restricted to studying of journals or electronic or computerised material: 1 credit for every 10 hours of study. All activities under this item must be verified.
A maximum of 3 credits (30 hours) may be accumulated under this portion of this category, with the exception stated above for postgraduate studies.

Members will be required to register their points at least annually with SACI.  No details need be provided.  However, SACI will carry out an audit on 10% of registrants per year, during which members would have to provide proof of their CPD activities.

Full details of the CPD guidelines are available the SACI website and upon request. 

Nominees announced for the 2015/2016 NSTF Awards in partnership with South32

Congratulations to those chemists nominated for NSTF awards in 2016. They include:
Lifetime Award (for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation by an individual over a period of 15 years or more)

  • Iwuoha, Prof Emmanuel - DST/NRF SARChi Chair: Nanoelectrochemistry and Sensor Technology, Senior Professor in Chemistry, UWC
  • Klumperman, Prof Bert - Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science, Stellenbosch University (SU)

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Research and its outputs ((for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation by an individual over a period of up to 15 years after award of a PhD or equivalent, predominantly in South Africa)

  • Klumperman, Prof Bert - Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science, SU
  • Mishra, Prof Ajay Kumar - Professor, Group leader research area Nanomaterials, Composites and Nanocomposites and Water, UNISA

Research or Engineering Capacity Development (contribution by an individual over the last 5-10 years - Eskom sponsors two awards for a male and a female for contributions in Engineering and the NSTF will make an award for a contribution in other disciplines)

  • Klumperman, Prof Bert - Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science, SU
  • Ray, Dr Suprakas Sinha - Chief Researcher and Director: DST-CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, National Centre for Nano-structured Materials, CSIR

Management and related activities (for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation over the last 5-10 years by an individual)

  • Ray, Dr Suprakas Sinha - Chief Researcher and Director: Department of Science and Technology-Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) National Centre for Nano-structured Materials, CSIR

Communication for outreach and creating awareness (for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation by a team or individual)

  • Forbes, Dr Patricia - Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, UP

Section and Division news

Nothing to report this month

African Journals of Chemistry

  • South African Journal of Chemistry
    This Journal is published electronically. The webpage is:  http://www.saci.co.za/ The South African Journal of Chemistry, published by the South African Chemical Institute, has been publishing high quality papers, in all fields of Chemistry for over 50 years. The Journal went fully electronic in 2000 and is freely available through open access online (http://reference.sabinet.co.za/sa_epublication/chem). It is a CAS-abstracted publication and is listed in Current Web Contents. It has retained its status as an accredited publication with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training.

  • African Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry
    Submit manuscripts: http://ms.academicjournals.me; Editorial office: ajpac@academicjournals.org

  • African Journal of Chemical Education
    Enquiries and manuscripts should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief: email eic@faschem.org, PO Box 2305, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. AJCE, 2016, 6(1) ISSN 2227-5835 The online version appears in the FASC website (www.faschem.org) and in the AJOL website (www.ajol.info)

  • Nanonews in South Africa
    SAASTA newsletter. nanonews@npep.co.za. Prof Janice Limson, NPEP NanoNews Editor

  • South African Journal of Science
    TOC@assaf.org.za

  • Journal of the Chemical Society of Nigeria
    csnjournals@gmail.com; csnjournals@yahoo.com; editor@chemsocnigeria.org

  • Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia
    http://www.ajol.info/index.php/bcse/index
  • South African Journal of Chemical Engineering

    From 2016, Elsevier will publish the South African Journal of Chemical Engineering on behalf of the IChemE and SAIChE.

    South African Journal of Chemical Engineering is a fully open access journal and aims to publish high quality, original papers in all areas of chemical engineering. The journal is fully international with contributions welcomed from both within and outside South Africa. In addition to full research papers, the journal also welcomes review papers and shorter communications.

    The journal has a particular interest in publishing papers on the unique issues facing chemical engineering taking place in countries that are rich in resources but face specific technical and societal challenges, which require detailed knowledge of local conditions to address.

    In 2016, all authors can publish their papers on an open access basis in the South African Journal of Chemical Engineering at the reduced rate of $400 (USD).

    CAIA Newsletter

    The latest issue of CAIA news is available. Go to:  http://www.caia.co.za/news/chemnews/
     or e-mail: caia@iafrica.com for pdf files of news and information.

    RSC

    • Newton Funds

    There is an opportunity for funding for UK-South Africa workshops as part of the British Council Researcher Links scheme: https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/current-opportunities/workshop-grants-newton-april-2016
    Newton Researcher Links Workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and a partner country to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research.
    Once funded, grants are available for early-career researchers in the UK and the country hosting the workshop to attend.
    These grants are funded under the Newton Fund, a UK Government initiative funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, together with partner funders from around the world. The Fund aims to promote the economic development and welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the problems of low-income and vulnerable populations.

    Priority areas: Partner countries may specify priority areas and will only accept applications within these. Priority areas are listed in the Guidelines document (Downloads section).

    ODA requirement: All applications must meet the required relevance to economic development or social welfare (see Guidelines for further information) of the partner country.

    Bilateral workshops can be proposed between the UK and Brazil, Egypt, India, Turkey, South Africa (joined 21/04) and Vietnam (joined 26/04). Mexico and is likely to join the call in due course, please check this page periodically for updates and announcements

    • Catalysis for Fuels: Faraday Discussion

    The upcoming Catalysis for Fuels: Faraday Discussion will be held in Cape Town in January 2017.
    SACI members can receive a reduced rate to attend this event.

    Please enter the code FDCATFUELS when prompted with the question ‘Are you a member of an organisation which is supporting this event?’

    Details: 24 - 26 January 2017, Cape Town.   http://www.rsc.org/events/?searchtext=faraday&eventtype=3&rsc=1&membernetworkoptions=116&pagetitle=178

    Contact me if there any queries relating to the registration (Neil Coville)

    • Royal Society - Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges Award
    The ‘Royal Society - Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges Award’ is now open for applications.

    The scheme is intended to stimulate new collaborations between researchers in the UK and those in Sub-Saharan Africa working on projects in the field of Chemistry.

    Up to £12,000 is available for 2-year projects for travel and subsistence, including a maximum of £2,000 for research expenses.

    Full details of the scheme and how to apply, can be found here on the Royal Society website.

    Deadline: 7th June 2016

    SACI and SACI related Conference events

  • ChromSAAMS 2016
  • 11-14 Sept 2016, Riverside Sun, Vanderbijl Park. www.chromsaams2016.co.za

    Others

    • SEANAC-2016 Conference, Innovative & Sustainable Solutions for Water, Energy and Food Security”. Venue: Chobe Marina Lodge, Kasane, Botswana, 19th - 22nd June 2016. Further announcements will be made on the website:  www.seanac.org . E-mail: lmmualefe@bitri.co.bw and obusengv@mopipi.ub.bw
    • IUPAC 2017 - July 6-14, 2017, São Paulo, Brazil
    • 28th IUPAP International Conference on Computational Physics (CCP2016) 10 to 14 July 2016 at St George’s Hotel and Conference Centre in Irene, Gauteng, South Africa.   http://events.saip.org.za/event/ccp2016
    • 6th IUPAC Green Chemistry conference. 4th - 8th September, 2016 - Venice (Italy)  Registration opens: December 1st, 2015 Early-bird registration deadline: May 30th, 2016 Online registration deadline: August 19th, 2016 www.greeniupac2016.eu
    • Third Symposium on Analytical Chemistry For Sustainable Development (ACSD 2016) and the 35th Meeting of Union of Arab Chemists May 11-12,  2016- Marrakech, MOROCCO, www.amcadd.org.ma
    • Society of Cosmetic Chemists South Africa Annual Scientific Conference & Gala Dinner Frugal Innovations    14-15 September 2016 Fax: 086 686-9674 or e-mail:coschem@iafrica.com; 27 11 792-4531
    • Test and Measurement International conference 2016 26th - 28th September 2016; Saint George Hotel and Convention Centre Rietvleidam, Centurion, Gauteng Tel: +27(0)12 349 1500 ; www.nla.org.za; Fax: +27(0)12 349 1501 • E-mail: steves@nla.org.za
    • The First International Conference on “SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS PROCESSING. Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa | January 23-25, 2017.  Email: tjen@uj.ac.za; Tel: +27 11 559-4208 Conference website: http://www.uj.ac.za/faculties/febe/Pages/SMPM-
    • Based Auditing of Projects and Contracts. 12 – 13 May 2016 & 21 – 22 July 2016. Birchwood Hotel – Johannesburg. 011 025 1252: FAX 086 590 5282: E-MAIL info@thehillinstitute.co.za

    Workshops

    • Design and analysis of experiments; 3-6 August 2016

    University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Please register online
    at http://wits-enterprise.co.za/c/design-and-analysis-of-experiments
    Dimple.Paima@wits.ac.za; Tel: +27 11 717 9025