Population Association of Southern Africa 

Newsletter: 23 April 2018

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PASA 2018 Population Conference 
Abstract submissions for the 2018 PASA Conference closed on the 26th of March 2018. 
Below are some of the themes you can expect to see at this years conference taking place at Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa from the 18th to 20th of July 2018. Conference registration will officially open on the 1st of June 2018.
Wits University's Dr. Nicole De Wet Y-Rated by the NRF 
A passionate researcher who strives for EXCELLENCE!

Dr. Nicole De Wet 
Head of Programme & Senior Lecturer 

Demography and Population Studies Programme, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 
            Dr. Nicole De Wet, has a PhD degree in Demography and Population Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). She is currently a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Demography and Population Studies programme at the University of the Witwatersrand.

           She is a CARTA PhD (2011-2013), University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Programme (UMAPS 2014) and the 2016 WZB-Social Science Research Fellow. Dr. De Wet is the recipient of numerous research grants from the Andrew Mellon Grant, National Research Foundation (NRF), National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences Grant, British Academy Newton Foundation Grant and a an NRF/DST Center of Excellence in Human Development grants. In 2016 she was the first runner up in the DST Women in Science Awards under the category of Young Distinguished Women in Humanities and Social Sciences. Recently Dr. De Wet has also been awarded a Y2- rating from the NRF.
        Dr. De Wet’s work is on adolescent health and development in sub-Saharan Africa, she has recently published papers in the South African Medical Journal and Journal of Social Sciences. She is also currently the Guest Editor of a Special Issue of the South African Journal of Child Health with sponsorship from the NRF/DST Center of Excellence in Human Development. The title of the special issue is “Adolescent Health and Development in Southern Africa: Implications and Post- 2015 Development Agenda” and will published in July 2018.

“Passion and hard work are key to success as a Demographer!
You cannot have one without the other.”

- Dr. Nicole De Wet 
UKZN Masters Graduates in Population Studies
The University of KwaZulu-Natal is at the forefront of producing the next generation of Demographers and Population Scientists in Southern Africa.  Below are some of the graduates who graduated with Masters degree's in Population Studies during April 2018.
Zola Melody Silimfe 

Research Topic
Experiences  young of Xhosa men that undergone medical male circumcision in the Western Cape

Current Activity
Intern at the Human Sciences Research Council under the Unit of HAST (HIV/AIDS ,STI and TB)
Francis Akpa-Inyang

Research Topic
Southern African Traditional values and belief systems and informed consent process in Biomedical ethics

Current Activity
PhD Candidate in Public health
Anelisa Dabula

Research Topic 
Exploring father-child relationships through the perspectives of young fathers

Current Activity 
 Working on PhD proposal and seeking employment opportunities
Rowan Madzamba 

Research Topic 
Socio-economic interactions of immigrants with the local population. A case of Zimbabweans working in Durban CBD

Current Activity 
PhD Candidate in Community Development 
Geogina Gumindega

Research Topic 
A qualitative analysis of HIV risky behaviours among men who have sex with other men

Current Activity 
Considering PhD and seeking employment opportunities
UNFPA-SA National Coordination Forum Meeting
The National Coordination Forum consisting of members from the United Nations Population Fund and Government agencies met last week.  At the top of the agenda was identifying bottlenecks in the implementation of Sexual & Reproductive Health and Youth Programmmes. 
UAPS Meetings at Population Association of America 
The Union for African Population Studies will be at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting in Denver this week.  Kindly take note of some of their events below. 

Meet the President of UAPS                     UAPS Members Meeting 
26 April 2018                                               27 April 2018 
Venue: IUSSP Booth (305)                          Venue: Director's Row J
Time: 12PM-3PM                                         Time: 7:15PM
PAA/UAPS session on "Demographic Dividend in Sub-Sahara Africa" will be held on Saturday the 28th of April.  For further details click here.

Memorial service for late UAPS members; Professor Seraphin Ngondo and Professor John Oyaro Oucho wil be held on Thursday the 26th of April 2018 at 8.30PM during the PAA Memorial Service.
UCT To Host Computational Social Science Summer Institute 
The University of Cape Town will host a Summer Institute in Computational Social Science from the 18th of June to the 29th of June.  The purpose of the Summer Institute in Cape Town is to bring together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty interested in computational social science. The Summer Institute is for both social scientists (broadly conceived) and data scientists (broadly conceived).  For more information visit the institute's web page.
Get Published in 2018

Submit your paper to the
Southern African Journal of Demography

 Prof Maharaj
Submit your paper  to the 
African Population Studies Journal 

Guidelines to submit here
Institutional Reports and Newsletters
The Demography and Population Studies Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg released their Quarter 1 2018 Newsletter. To view and subscribe to the newsletter, click here
The Union for African Population Studies released their 2017 Annual Report.  The report is available for download
Training & Capacity Building Workshops
Data First at the University of Cape Town will host a course titled "Understanding the South African Labour Market" from the 11th to the 15th of June 2018.  The course is aimed at researchers, postgraduate students and analysts who want the theoretical background and practical skills to analyse labour force surveys.  Interested participants need to have basic Stata skills. For more information and to apply click here.
Centre for Statistical Analysis & Research will host the following workshops during the firstly half of the 2018; Data Analysis using Stata, Inferential Statistics & Multiple Regression, Quantitative Research Methodology, Survival Analysis, Data Interpretation and data use for HIV & TB, Monitoring & Evaluation, Data Analysis& Data Visualization & Report Writing.  For more information contact
Stellenbosch University will offer the following short courses during May and October 2018; Social Surveys, Quantitative Data Analysis using SPSS, Qualitative Interviewing Methods, Qualitative Data Analysis, Programme Evaluation, Introduction to regression analysis using SPSS & Multiple regression and factor analysis using SPSS. For more information visit this page.
The National Research foundation has opened calls for the Next Generation of Academics Porgramme Grant and the NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships. The calls will close on the 4th of May and the 14th of May respectively. 
Applications are open for the 2018-2019 WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship programme. The Fellowship programme enables an outstanding early-career social scientist residing and working in a low- or middle-income country to conduct research at WZB for up to six months. For more information, click here.
UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, in collaboration with the South African National Commission for UNESCO and the African Centre for Migration & Society at Wits University are pleased to invite paper proposals for the upcoming International Conference on Migration. The conference provides an opportunity for scholars, researchers, and social scientists engaged in studying African migration to help shape a continental research agenda. Deadline for submissions is the 30th of April and the details for submissions can be found here.
The University of New Mexico will host the 2019 Population and Public Policy Conference at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town from February 8-9, 2019.  The deadline to submit abstracts is the 15th of September 2018.  For more details click here.
BSPS welcomes the participation in the Conference of The Netherland Demographic Society (NVD). Call for papers closes on the 24th of April, click here for more information.
Genesis Analytics recruiting graduates for their 2019 programme.  Applications close on the 30th of April, click here to apply.
The African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg has opened a call for two post-doctoral fellowship opportunities.  Applications close on the 1st of May, click here to apply.
PASA Membership Renewal
Join PASA or renew your membership  for 2018!
Complete the membership form here.
[Remember that student membership applies to masters students and below]
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