data@breakfast Discusses Computing Solutions for the Future

A delicious breakfast and quantum computing are perhaps at the opposite ends of the scale but they combined exceptionally well at the first “data@breakfast” initiative held on the Westville campus. Brainchild of UKZN Pro Vice-Chancellor for Big Data and Informatics Professor Francesco Petruccione, the event was the first of a monthly series envisaged by Petruccione

UKZN Hosts Second BRICS Symposium on Gravity, Astrophysics and Cosmology

UKZN recently played host to the second Symposium of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa Association of Gravity, Astrophysics and Cosmology (BRICS-AGAC) and the 2018 South Africa Gravity Society Meeting. The symposium attracted scientists involved in the study of gravitation, astrophysics and cosmology in some of the world’s fastest-developing economies. Academics and research professionals were

WaterNet Symposium Award for Budding Scientist

A Master’s degree in Engineering candidate in the Discipline of Bioresources Engineering, Mr Tinashe Lindel Dirwai, won an award for his presentation at the 19th annual WaterNet/Water Research Fund for Southern Africa (WARFSA)/Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWP-SA) Symposium, held in Livingstone, Zambia. The theme of the symposium, hosted by the University of Zambia, was Integrated Water Resources Development and Management:

Top Academic Honoured for Contribution in Engineering and Technology

UKZN academic, Dr Nishani Harinarain, has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Engineering and Technology in Academia: Teaching and Learning, from Women in Engineering and the Built Environment (WiEBE) in partnership with the Department of Public Works, the University of Johannesburg and construction company Group Five. The programme was initiated in 2006

Inaugural Lecture Explores “Magic Bullet” for Drug Resistant Disease

Inorganic Chemist Professor Peter Ajibade used the occasion of his inaugural lecture to explore the possibilities of metal complexes acting as “magic bullets” against drug resistant diseases and as the precursors for nanomaterials. ‘Until the 19th century the study of chemistry was viewed as a religion derived from alchemical roots,’ explained Ajibade. ‘It focused on

UKZN Academic Joins Expedition to Assess State of World’s Oceans

Marine Biology lecturer in the School of Life Sciences, Dr David Glassom, is a member of a two-week research sail venture aboard the sailboat Fleur de Passion that is part of a four-year global voyage known as the Ocean Mapping Expedition. Glassom is collecting data on the use of plastic debris by juvenile fish, specifically the potential for species migrations or

UKZN Eta Kappa Nu Honours Society Host Skills Development Workshop

The UKZN Mu Eta Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) Honours Society recently hosted the Entering the Real World workshop at the UNITE Building, Howard College. The workshop was convened to promote students’ research and to hone some of their skills. The focus was also on preparing students

Mechanical Engineering Team Lifts Off at BRICS Future Skills Challenge

During the recent Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Council meeting, South Africa hosted a BRICS Future Skills Challenge in Johannesburg. The challenge involved exploring skills for present and future work, particularly transforming and emerging skills in the digital, manufacturing and engineering, and transport sectors. Teams consisting of members from participating countries were assigned specific tasks

Diverse Research Delivered at Third Annual Fountainhill Estate Symposium

The Fountainhill Estate (FHE) near Wartburg in KwaZulu-Natal recently hosted its third annual research symposium., The symposium provided a platform for the presentation of research and topics of interest relating to conservation, the environment and agriculture in the uMngeni Catchment. The theme of the two-day event was the interactive relationships between biodiversity and the ecosystem.

Construction Studies Students Give Back Through Child Upliftment

On 14 September 2018, final-year Property Development students embarked on a visit to the Celamandla Crèche in Molweni with a bus full of necessities, toys, food and clothing. Due to a severe storm in November 2017, the crèche had succumbed to irreparable damage, leaving close to 50 children between the ages of three months to