Agrometeorology Provides In-Demand Surface Renewal Training

The Discipline of Agrometeorology in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) recently held a one-day workshop on surface renewal (SR) for 33 participants from various institutions. The workshop, held on the Pietermaritzburg campus, was the first of its kind in the country and was precipitated by the increased popularity in the use of the SR technique

SANBI Board Visits Swayimane Research Site

Members of the Board of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) recently visited UKZN research sites in Swayimane. These sites form part of the uMngeni Resilience Project (URP), an initiative supported by the global Adaptation Fund and administered by SANBI in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs. The URP is led by the uMgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM) with UKZN as a sub-Executing

Successful Farmers’ Day Brings Together International Researchers and Subsistence Farmers

As part of efforts to pursue excellent agricultural research that will enhance food security and resilience to climate change, the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) and the uMngeni Resilience Project (URP) recently hosted a Farmers’ Day event at Ukulinga Research Farm. The more than 200 guests included international researchers working in the field of crop sciences and

Milestone Anniversary for UKZN’s Controlled Environment Facility

The Controlled Environment Facility (CEF) at UKZN’s Agriculture campus in Pietermaritzburg celebrated its 50th anniversary on 10 July 2018. The world-class facility is vital for undergraduate and postgraduate student practical training and enables researchers to undertake controlled experiments and breed crops out of season using a controlled environment. Notable practical and research contributions include horticultural research by the

#CoCreatemycity in The Netherlands

The beautiful city of Den Haag (The Hague) and the renowned Technical University (TU) of Delft played host to the Dutch leg of the #Cocreatemycity initiative. Introduced to UKZN’s School of Engineering by the Kingdom of The Netherlands Embassy in South Africa in 2016, the #Cocreatemycity initiative has developed into a well-established multi-disciplinary and transcontinental

Researcher Links Workshop Brings Together Scientists

The School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) at UKZN recently hosted a five-day British Council Researcher Links Workshop on the topic of breeding and modelling underutilised crops for community resilience. The workshop, held in July, was organised through the British Council Researcher Links programme, and funded through the Newton Fund and South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF). Proceedings were facilitated by principal

UKZN Student Reflects on His Time Abroad

UKZN Civil Engineering student, Mr Lloyd Chaitezvi has recently returned from Italy where he spent six months at the University of Trento, Italy, as part of the Erasmus+ Mobility Exchange programme. Originally from Kadoma, a small mining city in Zimbabwe, the UKZN Master’s student is interested in the design and implementation of Smart and Sustainable

Food evolution film screening

Directed by Academy Award nominated director, Scott Hamilton Kennedy and narrated by renowned scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, begins a new and rational conversation about the use of sound science in our global food system.

US Students Visit UKZN for Colloquium on Indigenous Knowledge Systems

UKZN was recently home to students from the United States of America who were attending a colloquium on the role of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) in Transformative Sustainable Development. The colloquium was hosted on the Westville campus by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) – National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CIKS) The

UKZN Working Overtime to Advance Statistics Education

Building strength and capacity in statistics education has been an ongoing priority for the Discipline of Statistics in UKZN’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Sciences (SMSCS) and events planned by the Discipline for the remainder of 2018 will continue along this line. Earlier this year, Professor Delia North organised an inaugural one-day Statistics Education Research Group Workshop in