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SACI News March 2017

                            

A quiet month for SACI! A reminder to submit nominations this month for the various SACI awards available to members. Also: a reminder to sign up for the Inorg 2017 SACI event that takes place in June.
Neil Coville

Content

  • SACI office address and times
  • Advertising in the SACI newsletter
  • Nominations for SACI 2017 awards
  • Section and Divisions News
    ThermSA
  • IUPAC
  • African Journals of Chemistry
  • CAIA Newsletter
  • RSC
    Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Society Partnership for International Collaborations
    GC-MS training
  • SACI and SACI related conference events
    SACI Inorganic 2017  (incorporating the Carmen Symposium)
    The 3rd TCS International Conference and the 6th FASC Congress
  • Others
  • Positions
    University of the Western Cape: Senior Lecturer/Lecturer Position in Organic Chemistry
    University of Cape Town – Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry

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: saci.chem@wits.ac.za. The cel number is 061 282 3477.

This year we are to experiment with having Laila work in the afternoons from home. This will mean that office hours will be from 8.30 am till 1.00 pm. She can still be contacted at any time during her office hours. We have noted that there are very few members (or others) who physically visit the office at Wits.

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.       

Nominations for SACI 2017 awards

PROCEDURE FOR NOMINATION/APPLICATION
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 30 April 2017. 

More details on the awards can found in the SACI website: www.saci.co.za

THE GOLD MEDAL
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 RAIKES 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 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 CHEMICAL EDUCATION MEDAL
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 SASOL CHEMISTRY INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR MEDAL
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”.

THE SACI POSTGRADUATE AWARDS
The awards shall be made to student members of the Institute engaged in research towards a MSc or PhD degree at a South African University, or a MTech or DTech degree at a South African University of Technology.  The number of medals awarded shall not exceed five per annum, and the awards are limited to one per institution.  The recipients of the award shall be known as The SACI Postgraduate Awardees.  The medal shall be accompanied by a monetary award to the value of R2000, together with a suitably inscribed scroll.

PROCEDURE FOR NOMINATION/APPLICATION
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 30 April 2017. 

Sections and Divisions news     

  • ThermSA

Thermal analysis is an important area in the South African scientific and industrial landscape and services a diverse range of industries including mining, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, materials testing and much more. ThermSA is a division of SACI devoted to the development of thermal analysis skills in South Africa.

We are lucky to enjoy growing and continued support from all over South Africa but find it increasingly difficult to keep track of interested parties in order to better cater for their needs.

As a member of SACI, you are entitled to nominal membership of two divisions, which allows the division to regularly interact with members. In order to help us improve the service we deliver, please ensure to confirm with SACI that you have selected ThermSA as one of your divisions of choice. The easiest way to do this is to update your membership details using the following link:   http://www.saci.co.za/update_membership_details.html

Please take special note of our first members meeting, which will now be held regularly throughout the year.

Kind regards

The ThermSA Committee.

Instrumentation supplier contact details:

 

Instrument Type

Sales Representative

Service Engineer

IMP

Netszsch

Dashika Naidoo
dashika.naidoo@imp.co.za

 

Advance Lab

TA Instruments

Dave Perret
DaveP@advancedlab.co.za

Ross Burnham
RossB@advancedlab.co.za

Microsep

Mettler Toledo

Rudy Maliepaard
Rudy.Maliepaard@microsep.co.za

 

Shimadzu South Africa

Shimadzu

Michele  Paulus
Michele@shimadzu.co.za

Conference   Thothela
083 486 1719

A&J Scientific

Setaram

Adri Watkins
ajscientific@mweb.co.za

 

Wirsam

Cal2k

Selwyn Pietersen
Selwyn@wirsam.com

Ruan Ferreira      
ruan@wirsam.com

Perkin Elmer South Africa

Perkin Elmer

Chris de Jager
chris.dejager@perkinelmer.com

Stephen Varty
stephen.varty@perkinelmer.com

Poly-Test

Linseis

Peter O’Hare
peter@poly-test.co.za

Upcoming events:

Date

Event

Location

Contact details

15 March 2017
14:00 – 15:30

ThermSA: Members meeting and workshop.
Short presentation followed by drinks and networking

370 Angus Crescent. Northlands Business Park, Newmarket Road, Northriding, Randburg

Andrew.pienaar@necsa.co.za
liezel.vandermerwe@up.ac.za

April 2017 (to be confirmed)

Rubotherm Seminar

 

RossB@advancedlab.co.za

6-9 June 2017

1st Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry Conference

Budapest, Hungary

Website:
http://jtac-jtacc.akcongress.com/

18-23 June  2017

Summer School and Workshop in Calorimetry 2017

Lyon, France

E-mail:
aline.auroux@ircelyon.univ-lyon1.fr
Website http://calo.catalyse.cnrs.fr/

7-10 Aug 2017

NATAS conference

University of Delaware
Newark, USA

Website:
http://www.natasinfo.org/

13-15 Aug 2017

VIII Thermal Analysis Symposium of the Brazilian Thermal Analysis Society

Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brazil

Website:
http://www.bjta.com.br/viii-simposio-de-analise-termica/


IUPAC

For the latest news see: http://www.saci.co.za/iupac.html

African Journals of Chemistry

  • South African Journal of Chemistry
  • Report from Prof Kruger
    Prof Simon Lotz has ‘retired’ from his position as Inorganic Chemistry Editor of the South African Journal of Chemistry; he served in this position for 6 years.  We wish to thank him for his service to SACI in this role.
    We have appointed two assistant editors to assist with the pre-screening of the submissions.  Dr Byron Peters and Mr Sooraj Baijnath both from UKZN.  Please join me to welcome them as part of the team. They are currently helping with the plagiarism screening, but will later be trained to also do some more advanced screening (general requirements as specified in the Instructions to authors).

    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 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)

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

  • GC-MS Training

This will apply to non-SA Nationals studying in SA



First look: GC-MS training: a hands on approach (Kenya)

3–7 April 2017, Nairobi, Kenya


GC-MS training: a hands on approach (Kenya) is part of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s partnership with GSK to enhance the capabilities of African scientists in modern analytical techniques. We will train over 400 scientists by 2020 and these courses will take place regularly in Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria.

 

This course has been independently verified through peer review and formally approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Places are limited to 15 delegates only. Applications must be received by 13 February 2017. Travel allowances (including all travel, accommodation and food) will be provided.

Please note, applicants from Nigeria, Ethiopia and Ghana are not eligible to apply for this course, there will be further courses in your countries later in 2017.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please share this opportunity with colleagues from across Africa.

Dr Helen Driver
Senior Programme Manager, Africa
driverh@rsc.org
Pan Africa Chemistry Network LinkedIn Group

 

SACI and SACI related Conference events

  • INORG2017 Third Notice

                    

  • The 3rd TCS International Conference and the 6th FASC Congress

                 

Others

  • First Atlantic Basin Conference on Chemistry (ABCChem) – 24-26 January, 2018; Cancún, Mexico
  • The 23rd International Conference on the Chemistry of the Organic Solid State (ICCOSS-XXIII) will take place on the beautiful campus of Stellenbosch University (South Africa) from 2-7 April, 2017. For further information about the conference we invite you to visit the web site at http://iccoss2017.co.za. Please note the following important dates: Abstract submission, 25 November 2016; Early registration, 16 December 2016 Len Barbour (Conference Chair)
  • The 3rd TCS International Conference and the 6th FASC Congress, Chemistry for Sustainable Development and Improved Livelihood  Arusha, Tanzania http://tcs-tz.org/tcs-fasc2017/
  • IUPAC 2017 - July 6-14, 2017, São Paulo, Brazil

Positions available

  • University of the Western Cape: Senior Lecturer/Lecturer Position in Organic Chemistry

 

  • University of Cape Town – Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry