26 November 2013

Southern African
Young Scientists Summer Program opens in Bloemfontein

The Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP), co-organized by IIASA, opened yesterday at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. 

Gansen Pillay, SA-YSSP Opening

Gansen Pillay, SA-YSSP Opening

The SA-YSSP is a three-month capacity-building and academic training program modeled on IIASA’s successful long-running Young Scientists Summer Program. The SA-YSSP takes place during the Southern Hemisphere summer from November to February.

The program this year welcomes 36 PhD students from 21 countries. Each participant will work with a supervisor team including researchers from IIASA and Southern Africa.

The SA-YSSP is organized jointly by the South African National Research Foundation, the Republic of South Africa Department of Science and Technology, the University of the Free State, and IIASA.

More information about the program is available here

The opening presentations by the participants will also be live streamed on Thursday 28 November from 0900 SAST (0800 CET).

Above: IIASA council member for South Africa Gansen Pillay speaks at the opening of the program on 25 November, 2013.

Participants in the 2013-2014 SA-YSSP program in Bloemfontein.

IIASA Director General and CEO, Pavel Kabat addresses the 2013-14 participants of the Southern African YSSP

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Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program

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