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    Highlights of the 2021 webinar series on reducing poverty and inequality in South Africa post-COVID
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2022) Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII); Bureau for Economic Research (BER); SARChI Chair in Social Policy at the University of South Africa (UNISA)
    The Standing Committee on the Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality (SCSfRPI) is a committee of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). In July 2020, the ASSAf Council mandated the committee to focus on poverty and inequality concerning the pandemic and consult interdisciplinary science on reducing poverty and inequality. In response, the SCSfRPI conceptualised a webinar series that delved into the following themes: 1. What to do to reduce poverty and inequality? 2. How to fund interventions to reduce poverty? 3. What must be done if the state is to be capable of poverty and inequality reduction? These clips provide a summary of the discussions during the entire webinar series.
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    Pandemic ethics: how have we fared?
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2021) Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
    Webinar hosted on 4 May 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised profound ethical, legal and social issues set against a backdrop of global health and socio-economic inequities. The ethical issues have ranged from restrictions on personal liberties in the public interest to distributive justice in access to limited resources like ventilators and critical care beds. Many of these ethical debates have been advanced with COVID-19 vaccines - inequitable access, vaccine diplomacy and vaccine nationalism. History will judge us for how we have responded - solidarity and social justice or "catastrophic moral failure"?
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    Discovery in a time of pestilence - lessons from the future for exploration during the pandemic
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2021) Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
    Prof Himla Soodyall in conversation with Prof Lee Berger. The global pandemic has left many areas of science in disarray. With international travel curtailed, laboratory spaces and field sites unsuitable due to transmission risks, many research projects have ceased, with scientists often adopting a “wait until we get back to normal” attitude. However, as we find ourselves nearly a year and a half into the pandemic, and as new variants of COVID-19 arise, it is becoming clear that science must adapt to this “new normal”. In this talk and discussion, Professor Berger explored his team’s experiences during COVID-19, how they prepared for the pandemic in advance, and how they invented solutions for working in a COVID-19 world. These novel approaches have not only allowed his teams to keep working during even the height of the pandemic, but have resulted in spectacular new discoveries related to human origins. He also explored what he perceives as the many potential opportunities that have arisen due to these global changes, many of which may have surprisingly long-term positive impact on scientists living and working outside of the global North.
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    Wastewater surveillance in the Management of Covid 19: experiences from three Countries
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), 2021) Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
    Webinar presented and hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) on 31 August 2021. Since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, wastewater surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 RNA has emerged to be an important tool in the management of the disease. The viral RNA can be isolated in wastewater around one to two weeks before it is usually detected through human testing at community level. Direct correlations have been found between the concentrations of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in wastewater and the number of cases of COVID-19 in a particular wastewater catchment area, providing the basis for a COVID-19 Early Warning System. Being relatively affordable and reliable, the tool appears to be particularly valuable in settings where epidemiological data are not available, to establish and adjust public health management strategies. In this webinar, the experiences, challenges encountered, and lessons learned in the course of rolling out wastewater surveillance programmes in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Nigeria are discussed, including preliminary information on the tracking of SARS-CoV-2 variants in wastewater.
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    Why environmental management must become the new normal (4/4)
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), 2021) Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE); Institute of Natural Resources (INR); South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS)
    SAGE hosted a webinar series in partnership with ASSAf, SAYAS and INR on “Why environmental management must become the new normal”. The series aimed at raising awareness on the importance of emergency risk mitigation in the context of environmental management. The series sought to answer the following questions: 1. How can we prevent future pandemics and human-driven environmental emergencies? 2. How should we manage the environment in a more pro-active and integrated fashion? The fourth webinar focused on the following topics: 1. Harnessing urban systems for planetary health equity. 2. A holistic approach to pandemic preparedness.
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    Why environmental management must become the new normal (3/4)
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), 2021) Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE); Institute of Natural Resources (INR); South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS)
    SAGE hosted a webinar series in partnership with ASSAf, SAYAS and INR on “Why environmental management must be become the new normal”. The series aimed at raising awareness on the importance of emergency risk mitigation in the context of environmental management. The series sought to answer the following questions: 1. How can we prevent future pandemics and human-driven environmental emergencies? 2. How should we manage the environment in a more pro-active and integrated fashion? The third webinar focused on the following topics: 1. Accountable GREEN leadership and strengthening of democracy in South Africa. 2. Environmental Management: A local government perspective. 3. Participatory environmentalism in the new normal: Framing post pandemic futures for climate action praxis. 4. The Future is Now: Understanding the role of Space in Monitoring future Disease Outbreak.
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    Why environmental management must become the new normal (2/4)
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), 2021) Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE); Institute of Natural Resources (INR); South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS)
    SAGE hosted a webinar series in partnership with ASSAf, SAYAS and INR on “Why environmental management must become the new normal”. The series aimed at raising awareness on the importance of emergency risk mitigation in the context of environmental management. The series sought to answer the following questions: 1. How can we prevent future pandemics and human-driven environmental emergencies? 2. How should we manage the environment in a more pro-active and integrated fashion? The second webinar focused on the following topics: 1. South Africa's National Healthy Eating Guidelines Sustainable Diets the People and the Planet. 2. Environmental Management as the New Normal: Towards a Framework for the Covid 19 Pandemic Analysis. 3. Investing in Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security. 4. Pathway towards Climate Mitigation and Resilience requires a Transdisciplinary Approach.
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    Launch of Essential facts about Covid-19 Booklet
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2021) Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
    The booklet titled "Essential facts about Covid-19: the disease, the responses, and an uncertain future. For South African learners, teachers, and the general public" was launched as part of this webinar. View the launch video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07kIfuHZztY&t=7s. The booklet itself can be accessed at http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11911/194. The following presentations formed part of this webinar: Introduction to Booklet - Prof Anwar Suleman Mall, University of Cape Town; Vaccines and Variants - Prof Ed Rybicki, University of Cape Town; HIV and Covid-19 - Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim, University of KwaZulu-Natal; Covid-19 and Hospitals - Prof Marc Mendelson, University of Cape Town. The first cases of a new coronavirus (SARS CoV 2) were identified toward the end of 2019 in Wuhan, China. Over the following months, this virus spread to everywhere in the world, and by now no country has been spared the devastation from the Covid-19. During this book launch event some of the authors will highlight selected current issues relating to this pandemic: the role and future of variants, the effectiveness of vaccinations and challenges of vaccinating a sufficient fraction of the population worldwide, and more generally the relation to HIV and hospital care in South Africa.
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    Webinar Three of a Three-part Series: What must be done if the state is to be capable of poverty and inequality reduction?
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); SARChI Chair in Social Policy at the University of South Africa (UNISA), 2021) Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); SARChI Chair in Social Policy at the University of South Africa (UNISA)
    The Standing Committee on the Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality (SCSfRPI) is a committee of the acclaimed Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). In July 2020, the ASSAf Council mandated the committee to focus on poverty and inequality concerning the pandemic and consult interdisciplinary science on reducing poverty and inequality. In response, the SCSfRPI conceptualised a webinar series that will delve into the following themes:
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    Why environmental management must become the new normal (1/4)
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), 2021) Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE); Institute of Natural Resources (INR); South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS)
    SAGE hosted a webinar series in partnership with ASSAf, SAYAS and INR on “Why environmental management must become the new normal”. The series aimed at raising awareness on the importance of emergency risk mitigation in the context of environmental management. The series sought to answer the following questions: 1. How can we prevent future pandemics and human-driven environmental emergencies? 2. How should we manage the environment in a more pro-active and integrated fashion? The first webinar focused on the following topics: 1. Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Ethics. 2. Managing and Measuring the health of Mangrove Forests in a changing world.
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