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Current Awareness 2019: June

Topics of general research interest

What is current awareness?

Current awareness is the term used to describe staying informed by keeping up to date with the latest publications, research and news in your field.

The perspective of current awareness is the present and the forthcoming, as opposed to the retrospective. 

Current awareness ranges from looking for information on specific topics on a regular basis (and this usually involves the assistance of your Personal Librarian to help you set up a search profile matched to your research interests) to embracing a wider, more general, and cross-disciplinary view that brings an element of serendipity into your search for the latest information.

Informally, researchers remain alert in all contexts for useful information and insights that will inform their daily practice, their research, and spark off innovative and creative ideas for new avenues of research

Websites of the month

June Solstice: Longest and Shortest Day of the Year

“Solstice” (Latin: “solstitium”) means sun-stopping. The point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day. On the solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west, meaning it's visible in the sky for a longer period of time.

Although the June solstice marks the first day of astronomical summer, it's more common to use meteorological definitions of seasons, making the solstice midsummer or midwinter.

june solstice



A virtual history of the more than 145 years of Unisa’s existence. It charts Unisa’s evolution from a small, colonial examining body into one of the world’s largest open distance learning institutions. 

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Further reading

Recent journal articles



solstice AND south africa


About the monthly current awareness page

The year is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important issues.

This monthly post, compiled by the Information Search Librarians Team, will note special dates and themes, and draw your attention to possibly interesting cross-disciplinary topical references intended to inform and to inspire ideas for research.

Selected noteworthy days in June

World Environment Day 5 Juneworld environment day

The day draws attention to environmental issues such as marine pollution, air pollution, deforestation, and wildlife crime such as poaching. 

Brand Summit South Africa 6-7 Junbrand summit

The SA Brand Summit will discuss global best practice in nation brand building and management. 25 years following the dawn of democratic South Africa and four Presidents later, a lot has happened to unravel the tapestry of the rainbow nation which earned South Africa the admiration of the world.

World Food Safety Day 7 Juneworld food safety

The theme for this day is ‘Food Safety, everyone's business’. The way in which food is produced, stored, handled and consumed affects the safety of our food. 

World Oceans Day 8 Juneworld oceans day

We celebrate World Oceans Day to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe.

Comrades Marathon 9 Junecomrades marathon

The Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of approximately 89 kilometres which is run between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is the world's largest and oldest ultramarathon race.

Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 10-11 Jun  

The pressure is on for law firms and legal businesses to operate more efficiently and effectively. Technology is disrupting (and enabling) the practice of law. 

African Smart Cities Summit 11 Jun african smart cities summit

Discussing integrated, sustainable cities, that increase the ease of living for citizens, make cities a safe place to live and drive economic growth.

World Day Against Child Labour 12 Juneworld day against child labour

2019 theme: Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams

Times Higher Education Africa Universities Forum 12-13 Jun  africa universities forum  

Universities powering Africa's renaissance for the fourth industrial revolution

Google in Education South Africa Summit 14-15 Jun    Google in education

This event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools to promote student learning.

Youth Day 16 Juneyouth day

Youth Day honors the courage and sacrifice of the Soweto uprising youths and celebrates all young people.

World Refugee Day 20 Juneworld refugee day

Commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.

June Solstice 21 June

Shortest day for the Southern Hemisphere

Africa Public Service Day 23 Juneafrica public service day

Recognises the value and virtue of service to the community.

Student Leader Global Summit 23-27 June, Stellenbosch

​Many universities around the world engage, support and educate their student communities around mental health and wellbeing. Student leaders recognize that they can contribute meaningfully towards a coordinated response.

Sustainability Week 24-26 Jun sustainability week   

Sustainability Week will facilitate a southern African multi-sector dialogue to advance the sustainable development of the cities, economies and communities

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 26 JuneInternational Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

The South African government and its partners are implementing the National Drug Master Plan, 2013-2017, which is a collective effort towards a South Africa that is free of drug abuse.

Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day 27 JuneMicro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day

These enterprises, which generally employ fewer than 250 persons, are the backbone of most economies worldwide and play a key role in developing countries. 

In the media

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Golden oldies

Chapman Sydney  and Tschu K. K.  The lunar atmospheric tide at twenty-seven stations widely distributed over the globe, 195, Proceedings of the Royal Society, London

Determinations of the lunar atmospheric tide at twenty-seven stations, in America, Africa and other parts of the world, have been made by the Chapman-Miller method from bi-hourly values of the barometric pressure extending, in the aggregate for the twenty-seven stations, over about 500 years.

Stan Wagon (1990) Why December 21 Is the Longest Day of the Year, Mathematics Magazine, vol. 63, no. 5, 1990, pp. 307–311

How fundamental ideas from max-min theory explain the location of the extrema of the times of sunrise and sunset.