Geology Alumnus and PhD Candidate Present Keynote Addresses at SAGA Conference

UKZN Geology alumnus, Dr Nigel Hicks, and current PhD candidate, Ms Lynette Kirkpatrick, presented keynote addresses at the 16th biennial South African Geophysical Association Conference held in Durban with Hicks receiving the prize for best keynote presentation. Under the theme: Current Informing the Future, the event featured experts sharing novel methods and applications related to the field of

Innovative Postharvest Technologies the Answer – Bioresources Engineer

Integrated, innovative postharvest technologies are capable of reducing losses in horticultural crops, says Professor Tilahun Seyoum Workneh. A Bioresources Engineer with a BSc in Agricultural Engineering from Haramaya University in Ethiopia, Workneh was addressing fellow academics and students at his inaugural lecture, which officially ushered him into the UKZN professoriate. With a MScEng degree in Agricultural

UKZN Launches New Research Commons

A new Research Commons has been launched at the EG Malherbe Library on UKZN’s Howard College campus. A high-level research facility, the Research Commons is intended for the exclusive use of master’s, doctoral and PhD students, as well as researchers and academic staff. Speaking at the opening, UKZN Libraries and Special Collections Director, Mrs Joyce

Lecturer Awarded Researcher Mobility Grant

Dr Mzamo Shozi, a lecturer in the School of Chemistry and Physics has been awarded a prestigious Researcher Mobility Grant (RMG) from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The grant targets PhD students and early career researchers working in academia or industry. Its primary function is to support these candidates in undertaking short to mid-term scientific visits

PhD Candidate Receives International Mathematical Union Fellowship

A doctoral candidate in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS), Mr Adeolu Taiwo is one of three recipients of a Fellowship from the International Mathematical Union (IMU) Breakout Graduate Fellowship (BGF) Programme, intended to aid them complete their PhDs. The grants are made possible thanks to donations from winners of the Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics, and are provided by the IMU

NRF B-Rating for Animal Science Professor

The National Research Foundation (NRF) has awarded Professor Michael Chimonyo in the Discipline of Animal Science at UKZN a B-rating, recognising him as an internationally acclaimed researcher in his field. The rating system benchmarks the quality of South African researchers, contributing to the enhancement of a globally competitive science system in the country and encouraging the production of high

Inaugural Lecture Presented by Renowned Microbiologist and Biotechnologist

Microbial Factories and Artificial Intelligence – Fixing Global Bugs with Tiny Bugs – was the subject of an inaugural lecture presented on the Pietermaritzburg campus by UKZN Microbiologist, Professor Evariste Bosco Gueguim Kana. Gueguim Kana, who holds a BSc in Pure and Applied Biology, an MSc in Biotechnology and a PhD in Microbiology from Ladoke

Geometric Structures in Smooth Manifolds Subject of Inaugural Lecture

An academic specialising in differential geometry at UKZN’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Professor Fortuné Massamba, presented his inaugural lecture on the Pietermaritzburg campus on the subject of geometric structures in smooth manifolds. Massamba obtained his doctoral degree, which focused on differential geometry, from the Institut de Mathématiques et de Sciences Physiques (IMSP)

Research Day a Platform for Student Research and Innovation

Innovative research projects being undertaken by masters and doctoral students were on show at the annual Postgraduate Research and Innovation Symposium (PRIS) staged by the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) on the Westville campus. Hosted by the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS) in collaboration with the College Public Relations team, the symposium’s theme was

A New Theory of Granular Flow for SA Mining Industry

During his inaugural lecture in 2017, UKZN’s Professor Indresan Govender, argued that a theory published in Nature Letters [NATURE Vol 441] failed to match the high-quality nuclear imaging measurements that his Particle Technology Group (PTG) were obtaining for complex industrial flows typical of South African mining systems. The argument was settled when Govender co-published an article this year