SACI News April - May 2020

We hope that all our members are keeping well and healthy during this challenging period.  Also, a reminder of the call for the 2020 SACI Postgraduate awards and SACI Fellows has been extended by 2 weeks.  We would like to encourage all SACI members to identify and nominate deserving candidates. This newsletter also contains a number of other calls for scholarships and awards.

On behalf of SACI we wish all our members good health during this difficult period.

Bice Martincigh


  • SACI office address and times

  • Advertising in the SACI newsletter

  • Pay your SACI membership fees with SnapScan

  • Of interest: Coronavirus

  • 2020 Call for SACI Award Nominations

  • 2020 Call for SACI Fellows

  • Sections and Divisions News

  • Call for Applications: African Water Resources Mobility Network (AWaRMN) scholarship programme

  • Call for Applications:  Nature Research Awards for Inspiring and Innovating Science

  • Call for Applications:  African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships for early career researchers

  • RSC News

  • PACN News

  • NSTF News

  • IUPAC News

  • FASC News

  • CAIA Newsletter

  • South African Journal of Chemistry

  • African Journals of Chemistry

  • SACI and SACI-related conference events

  • Other Conferences

  • Vacancies

SACI office address and times

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: The cell number is 061 282 3477.

Office hours are from 8.30 am till 1.00 pm. She can be contacted at any time during her office hours.

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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.   

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Of interest: Coronavirus

Communiqué from the IAP on COVID-19:

The doors of learning:  Message from the NSTF Executive Director, Ms Jansie Niehaus
Are our schools ready for reopening, even in phases as suggested? Some schools in privileged areas may be. When the COVID-19 crisis is more resolved, we should be thinking of new methods of achieving inclusiveness in education.

Read the message

2020 Call for SACI Award Nominations

Dear SACI member – greetings!

The time to nominate deserving SACI members for the Institute’s SACI Postgraduate Awards as per the attachments, has been extended by 2 weeks.

The rules and nomination processes are described in the two attachments provided – please ensure that the full nominations and the documents required, reach Mrs Laila Smith ( by the deadline of 12 June 2020.

Kind regards,
Willem van Otterlo
SACI Vice-president

Kind regards,
Willem van Otterlo
SACI Vice-president



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 the name of the medal, together with the name of the recipient and the date on the reverse.  The award shall be made to a member of the Institute whose scientific contributions in the field of chemistry or chemical technology are adjudged to be of outstanding merit.  The medal shall be accompanied by a monetary award to the value of R10 000, together with a suitably inscribed scroll.

The medal shall be known as 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 Institute’s name and crest, and the name of the recipient and the date on the reverse.  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 judged by the person’s publications in reputable journals.  It is further stipulated that the research shall have been performed in South Africa.  The medal shall be accompanied by a monetary award to the value of R2 500, together with a suitably inscribed scroll.

The medal shall be known as the The Chemical Education Medal of the South African Chemical Institute.  The medal is struck in silver and bears the Institute’s name and crest on the obverse, and the name of the medal, together with 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 medal shall be accompanied by a suitably inscribed scroll.

The medal shall be known as The Sasol Chemistry Innovator of the Year Medal.  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.  The award shall comprise, in addition to the medal, a monetary award of a value determined by the sponsors, together with a suitably inscribed scroll.  The recipient of the award shall be known as the “SASOL Chemistry Innovator of the Year”.

Past medalists are ineligible for nomination for a second award of any of the above medals.

The awards shall be known as the SACI Postgraduate Awards of the South African Chemical Institute.  The awards shall be made to student members of the Institute engaged in research towards a MSc or PhD degree and registered in a School/Department of Chemistry at a South African University, or a MTech or DTech degree registered in a School/Department of Chemistry at a South African University of Technology.  The number of awards shall not exceed five per annum, and the awards are limited to one per institution.  The recipients of the awards shall be known as The SACI Postgraduate Awardees.  Past SACI/Sasol Postgraduate Awardees are not eligible for nomination for a second award.  The award consists of a monetary award to the value of R2 000, together with a suitably inscribed scroll.

The persons nominated should be considered as being “young innovative chemists”.  The characteristics of such a person are:

  1. Innovation

  2. Independence

  3. Enterprise

The selection criteria applicable to the award are:

  1. Has the candidate done something worthy of admiration in the experimental field (e.g. a new, noteworthy, experimental design)?

  2. Has the candidate communicated the experimental results in any useful way (in printed form, or at conferences or symposia)?

  3. Does the candidate have a broad appreciation of the role and context of chemistry as a science?

  4. Does the candidate play a productive role in his/her chemistry department?

The persons submitting the nominations shall supply complete curricula vitae of the candidates, detailing all academic achievements.  The group of people nominating a candidate must be able to assess the impact the nominee has made in his/her department.  Hence, a combined process of peer and supervisor review should inform the selection of the candidate.  In addition to the backing of the supervisor, the candidate shall require the support of at least one other member of staff of the Department.  The candidate must also enjoy the support of a number of fellow postgraduate research students.  All the support for a candidate must be submitted in writing.  The endorsements should mention how the candidate reflects the qualities enumerated in the list above.  Final endorsement may reside with the Head of Department, where appropriate.

The merits of the work of candidates may be brought to the notice of the Council either by persons who desire to recommend candidates (nominations) or by the candidates themselves (applications).
Nominations and applications should be received by the Institute not later than 31 May 2020.  Applicants must provide a list of publications, and/or non-confidential internal reports and other appropriate information in support of the application, together with curricula vitae detailing all academic and professional achievements.

In the case of the Raikes medal three reprints each of those publications considered to represent the candidate’s most significant work must be submitted.  In the case of the Chemical Education Award copies of the publications to be considered, together with any explanatory or supporting material, must be submitted.
Each nomination or application should include the names of two persons with knowledge of the candidate’s work, to whom reference may be made by the Institute.

Further details on these awards and the particular nomination requirements can be found at the Institute’s website:

The Council may at its discretion suspend any or all of these awards in any year in which there are no suitable candidates.



2020 Call for SACI Fellows

Extension of the Call for SACI Fellows 2020

The call for nomination for SACI Fellows has been extended to the 14 June 2020. The Fellows membership category is the senior membership level of the Institute and is granted to members in acknowledgement of their outstanding contributions and services to chemistry.  We encourage all members to identify and nominate worthy candidates for consideration for this membership category in 2020.

The nominee must be a current full SACI Member in good standing with the Institute and have been a member of the Institute for at least ten years. In addition, candidates must have demonstrated excellence and leadership in the areas of both: (a) the profession, education and/or management of chemistry, and (b) volunteer service to the chemical community. 

The proposer completes the online application form available on the SACI website and uploads a comprehensive CV of the nominee.  The proposer and seconder are required to submit their motivations for the nomination via the online nomination system.  All of these requirements must be completed before 14 June 2020.

Link to the online application: (your member login details will be required). For any queries with the online system, please contact Mrs Laila Smith ( 
Thanking you.
Prof. Z.R. Tshentu 
Executive Secretary of SACI  - Requirements - Current Fellows

Sections and Divisions News

SAAMS Division

Brendon Naicker has stepped down as SAAMS Chairperson due to relocating overseas in March 2020.  He has served on the SAAMS Committee since 2013.  We thank him very much for all his efforts and hard work on behalf of the Institute and wish him all the very best in his new venture.

Maré Linsky has taken over as the new SAAMS Chairperson.  Maré has served on the committee for a number of years and was the Vice Chairperson during Brendon’s term as Chair.  Upon nomination and the committee's approval Ljiljana Marjanovic has agreed to serve as the SAAMS Vice Chairperson.

We wish the new committee all the best.

African Water Resources Mobility Network (AWaRMN)

Calls for Applications are now being accepted for the new African Water Resources Mobility Network (AWaRMN) Programme scholarship, a project of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme and the African Union. AWaRMN is specifically seeking women applicants.
This scholarship will provide funding for full-time study to African students in specific doctoral programmes at the following universities:

  • Rhodes University, South Africa (RU)
    PhD Water Resource Science
    PhD Hydrology

  • Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria (FUTMINNA)
    PhD Applied Hydrobiology

  • Makerere University, Uganda (MU)
    PhD Chemistry

  • University of Kinshasa, Congo (UNIKIN)
    PhD Water Resources

  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Hydrauilique, Algeria (ENSH)
    PhD Hydraulics

Candidates must:

  • be a national of an African Union member state and resident in Africa at the time of application.

  • meet both institutional and partnership requirements for admission.

  • not have benefited from any form of previous support from Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme, or Intra-ACP Mobility or Erasmus or Erasmus + programmes

  • must be prepared to move from home country to another country where AWARM has a partner institution. This also apply to foreign applicants who resides in a country with AWARMN institution. For such applicants, you must then consider applying to a third country. For example, you are a Ugandan, but resides in South Africa or have studied in South Africa, you can not apply to Rhodes University in South Africa or Makerere in Uganda. Scholarships are attached to mobility.

Further details about the scholarship, including application guidelines, can be found at:
Questions may be sent to:
The deadline for submission of applications is June 5, 2020.

Nature Research Awards for Inspiring and Innovating Science

Applications as well as nominations are now being accepted for the Nature Research Awards for Inspiring and Innovating Science. These awards are given by Nature in collaboration with The Estée Lauder Companies. The Awards are given in two categories: 1) Scientific Achievement; and 2) Science Outreach.

Scientific Achievement Award
This award recognizes early-career women researchers. The successful applicant will have made an exceptional demonstrable contribution to scientific discovery, and may have faced significant challenges, personal or professional. The applicant will also exhibit the potential for developing and leading an independent research group. Favor will be given to applicants who have made efforts to inspire the next generation of scientists through outreach or support the retention of women in science careers.
Eligible candidates must:

  • ● Self-identify as a woman (trans women, genderqueer and non-binary people are included).

  • ● hold a  PhD degree or a medical degree, or other type of doctorate by dissertation

  • ● have obtained their PhD or medical degree or other type of doctorate by dissertation after 31st December 2010, which can be  extended backwards by the duration of any maternity leave(s) or other absences during this period.

  • ● At the time of application, be in a non-tenured research position.

  • ● At the time of application, be working in natural sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine.

Download more info

Science Outreach Award
This award is presented for initiatives that support girls or young women to engage with, enjoy and study STEM subjects OR to increase the retention of women in STEM careers. STEM includes natural sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. These initiatives can be run by an individual or academic, educational, charitable, governmental or corporate entity. In the case of corporate entities, the initiatives should form part of a corporate social responsibility programme and not be part of core commercial operations.
Eligible initiatives that have either:

  • ● encouraged girls or young women to engage with and study natural sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine OR

  • ● increased retention of women in STEM careers, with a focus on providing tools to support women through their career progression in a STEM discipline.

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Entries will have shown exceptional vision, insight and/or imagination and demonstrated that they encourage, support or promote the interest of girls and/or women in STEM.

How to apply
Further information about both awards is provided in the attached guidelines.
To apply and for additional information, see:
Questions may be sent to
The deadline for applications for both awards is June 14, 2020.

Call for Applications:  African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships for early career researchers

Applications are now being accepted for the African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships offered by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Royal Society. The fellowships are offered to early career scientists from sub-Saharan Africa.

This fellowship provides two years of funding and support, after which fellowship holders may have the opportunity to apply for a renewal for an additional three years. The funding will cover salary and research and travel expenses and will allow holders to focus on developing their research with limited teaching responsibilities. In addition, FLAIR Research Fellows will receive a generous programme of support to develop them as independent research leaders including training, mentoring, opportunities to network both regionally and with the UK and to develop international collaborations.

Eligible candidates for this programme must:

  • Be a national of a sub-Saharan African country;

  • Hold a PhD by the time of application;

  • Be an early career researcher with a minimum of two years of research experience since completing the PhD and no more than eight years of post-doctoral research experience;

  • Wish to hold the fellowship in a research institution in an Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible sub-Saharan African country;

  • Have a clearly defined scientific research proposal focusing on one or more of the Global Challenge areas outlined in the scheme notes.

More information about this fellowship can be found at:

Applications must be made through the Royal Society's grants portal at:
Questions about the fellowship may be submitted to:


RSC News

Royal Society of Chemistry Events Website

Our website can be used to advertise events from across the world – not just those organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry,

So, if you need a simple website for your event, or want to reach a wider audience, then please submit your event to our website.  Simply click on this link and follow the instructions:



  • Newsletters

We have recently launched a new mailing list and, if you have not already done so, you need to take some action to ensure that you still receive updates from the Royal Society of Chemistry and PACN in the future: 

Please share this information across your networks, and through your societies.  We welcome all to the PACN and we want to share our opportunities for training, funding and events with a wide community across Africa and globally.  Help us to reach those who could benefit from our work.

 Dr Helen Driver (nee Bailey) MRSC, Senior Programme Manager, Africa ;;

  • I welcome you to the community:

a.     Join the LinkedIn Group:
b.     Sign up to our newsletter for updates and opportunities:
c.     On twitter, please look up @hvdriver or #PanAfricaChem to find out more.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are looking for experts to join their peer review college for the Global Challenges Research Fund, and I wanted to make sure that the Pan Africa Chemistry Network has the opportunity to apply. Please share this with your networks, and advertise to anyone who may be interested in being part of the decision making process for UK research investment.

Background information here:

Please note – this is not related to the work of FASC, the PACN or the RSC, so please contact UKRI with any questions or queries.

Helen Driver


For the latest news see:

The NSTF unpacked the National Development Plan (NDP) from a science and technology perspective. This was done as a service to its stakeholders in a series of articles that were published in this e-Newsletter. 
Read the summary of all 15 Chapters.

The proceedings of the NSTF Discussion Forum on Career paths for researchers – where to in a changing world? are now available on the NSTF website.  Click here to read. The media release, titled “Welcome the entrepreneur researchers” summarises the story.

The following are useful sources for this topic:


For the latest IUPAC news see:

International Younger Chemists Network
We are always eager to connect with new people.  Through your network in South Africa, the young chemists contribution would be incredibly valuable to IYCN if they volunteer their time to serve. Membership to IYCN is informal, we are first and foremost a network of younger chemists (35 and under, or within 5 years of their terminal degree) and we advertise opportunities and tools that will be relevant to that group of people. As we continue to grow and gain momentum, we will also be looking to organize exchanges and provide travel support to conferences. 

We are currently working to expand our network, we hope you can share through your RSA chemical society newsletter about IYCN.  I would also encourage you and the people to check out our website regularly, if we have an event coming up in your area this will be the best way to see it.
Fun Man - on behalf of the IYCN Board
Website: IYCN
Twitter: @IntlYoungerChem
LinkedIn: intlyoungerchemistsnetwork


ABC Chem Conference 2021

This event will be held at the Palais des Congrès –Marrakech, Morocco from 14-18 December 2021.  FASC will be hosting the event.  Please diarise the date.

We are hoping to have an excellent turnout from member countries at this event. More information will be made available in the months ahead.


CAIA Newsletter

The latest issue of CAIA news is available. Go to:
 or e-mail: for pdf files of news and information.

South African Journal of Chemistry

The South Journal of Chemistry is now 101 years old and we are pleased to note that the impact factor of the Journal is now 1!.  We encourage all SACI members to submit manuscripts to the Journal.  Journal submission details can be found at

Details of the journal and the editors can be seen at
All manuscripts since 1918 are electronically available online at

This Journal is published electronically.  The webpage is:  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 100 years.  The Journal went fully electronic in 2000 and is freely available through open access online (  It is a CAS-abstracted publication and is listed in Current Web Contents.  It is also part of the Scielo group.  It has retained its status as an accredited publication with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training.

We encourage South African chemists to publish in the journal!

African Journals of Chemistry

  • African Corrosion Journal (online).  Commenced in 2015 – a peer reviewed corrosion journal. This journal may be of interest to the “practical” chemists amongst the SACI membership.

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

    Papers on any aspect of Chemistry Education such as teaching organic, analytical, physical, inorganic, polymer, green, climate change/environmental chemistry, ICT in chemistry and chemistry curricula as well as assessment in chemistry are acceptable for publication. We also encourage issues on chemistry and indigenous knowledge/practice, chemical safety, natural products and related areas.

  • Nanonews in South Africa   
    SAASTA newsletter. Prof Janice Limon, NPEP Nano News Editor

SACI and SACI related Conference events

ChromSAAMS 2020 - Conference Postponed


  • 26th IUPAC International Conference on Chemistry Education - Conference Postponed

Dear SACI member

The Local Organising Committee in consultation with the IUPAC Committee for Chemistry Education has decided to postpone the 26th International Conference on Chemistry Education to January 2021.  The name of the conference will change to ICCE 2021.  Preliminary information about ICCE 2021 is given below.

Dates: 26-30 January 2021.

Venue: Lagoon Beach Hotel and Conference Venue.

Abstracts: The call for abstracts will be repeated later this year.  If you have already submitted an abstract, you will be invited to resubmit your abstract when the submission process re-opens.

Accommodation:  The Lagoon Beach Hotel is offering the same rates as for ICCE 2020, namely R1710 (single) and R2010 (double/sharing).   Current bookings for accommodation will be changed to the new dates for those delegates who booked via the ICCE 2020 registration desk.  Please contact Lagoon Beach Hotel if you have made an independent booking.

Flight arrangements:  Most airlines are offering a 12 month extension for existing bookings.  Please contact the airline to make the necessary arrangements.

We look forward to seeing you in Cape Town in January 2021.  We hope that you will be able to persuade your colleagues to take over your teaching duties to allow you to attend ICCE 2021.  January is a wonderful time to visit Cape Town as it is the height of summer with sunny days and warm temperatures.
Please address any questions to and consult the website,, for regular updates.

The Local Organising Committee for ICCE 2021
For registration queries: +27 (0)21 910 1913 • email:
Event Organiser office: +27 (0)21 712 0571 • email:

Yours sincerely,
Bette Davidowitz
Chair of the LOC for ICCE 2020

First Commonwealth Chemistry Congress – Conference Postponed

Other Events

NanoAfrica 2020

8th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Africa – Conference Postponed

International Mass Spectrometry Conference (IMSC) hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

International Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry (ICPAC-2020), 6-10 July 2020, Mauritius,


PhD Position - Organic Chemistry - UFS