Prof Ian Rothman elected to the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

He is renowned for his wealth of expertise and numerous research outputs. Now, Prof Ian Rothman, director of the Optentia Research Unit at the North-West University (NWU), again finds himself in distinguished company on his election as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

ASSAf was formed in 1996 and represents South Africa in the international community of science academies.

Prof Rothman responded with delight to his election to ASSAf from Taiwan, where he was giving a keynote lecture.

“I am honoured to be elected an ASSAf member. For some people, membership of ASSAf represents an endorsement of their scientific achievements. For me, such membership reflects my love for and dedication to research. I was privileged to meet other ASSAf members when I received my certificate. I felt comfortable among colleagues from diverse disciplines and various other universities. I did not experience arrogance at the event. The humbleness of top researchers in South Africa made me feel that is where I belong,” said Prof Rothman.

“ASSAf provides opportunities for networking and interdisciplinary collaboration with some of the best scientists in our country, representing different universities. As an ASSAf member, I will advocate for science and its importance, participate in policy discussions and influence decision-making processes that affect scientific progress and benefit society. Using my knowledge and expertise to inspire young researchers is important to me, and ASSAf membership will provide opportunities for mentorship in this regard. Therefore, I believe that election to ASSAf has significant benefits for me and others,” he concluded.

This is but another step in Prof Rothman’s climb to deliver impactful research for the benefit of all South Africans.


Prof Ian Rothman

Submitted on Fri, 12/01/2023 - 10:17