Elsevier Announces Winners of National Research Foundation Young Scientist Awards in South Africa

Amsterdam, September 8, 2011 – Elsevier, world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the winners of the Young Scientist Awards, sponsored by Elsevier as part of the National Research Foundation (NRF) President’s Awards in Pretoria, South Africa on September 1st.

The event was attended by Ms. Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology South Africa; Dr. Albert van Jaarsveld, CEO of the NRF; JC Heyneke, Head of Sales Strategy and Business Development Science & Technology, Elsevier. Awards were presented to young South African researchers on the basis of exceptional potential demonstrated in their published doctoral work and/ or their research outputs in their early post-doctoral careers, are considered likely to become future international leaders in their field.

This year’s Young Scientist Award winners are:

Dr. Albert van Jaarsveld of the NRF commented, “Our partnership with Elsevier reflects a strong relationship and commitment towards acceleration of science in South Africa. Elsevier and the NRF have extended cooperation for 2011 to several events supporting research in South Africa.”

JC Heyneke, from Elsevier added, “We greatly value initiatives that honour achievements of young scientists. Our involvement is part of Elsevier’s efforts to provide a platform to recognize researchers for their contributions to knowledge creation and dissemination.”

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About the National Research Foundation
The objective of the National Research Foundation (NRF) is to support and promote research in South Africa through funding, human capacity development and the provision of the necessary research facilities, in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of the natural and social sciences, humanities and technology, including indigenous knowledge systems.

The National Research Foundation President's Awards primarily recognise South African scientists for their achievements as indicated through a specific NRF rating system. In addition, to rating-linked awards the mandate of the NRF stipulates that the organisation supports and promotes research in the broadest sense. These special awards provide a platform to honour researchers for career contributions to knowledge creation and dissemination as well as capacity development and transformation in the national research system.

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