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

Celebrating Student Innovation

On 24 October, members of the KwaZulu-Natal branch of the South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers (SAIAE) as well as SAIAE Council members, UKZN Bioresources Engineering staff, parents and friends of the final-year Agricultural Engineering students at UKZN gathered for the annual general meeting (AGM) of the SAIAE KwaZulu-Natal branch and the presentation of the final-year design projects. The

Celebrating Eighth Annual Food and Nutrition Fair

The Farmer Support Group (FSG), a community development, outreach and research unit based in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) at UKZN, recently hosted its eighth annual Food and Nutrition Fair, celebrated in conjunction with World Food Day at KwaNocomboshe, Msinga Top in KwaZulu-Natal. The FSG works with target rural communities in Okhahlamba, uMshwathi and Msinga local municipalities

PhD Candidate’s Presentation Zooms in on Drought Tolerant Biofortified Maize

PhD candidate in Plant Breeding, Mr Aleck Kondwakwenda, recently presented his research at the annual Tropentag conference, hosted by Ghent University in Belgium. The conference included discussions on global food security and food safety, specifically the role of universities. Eight hundred and eighty people from 70 countries attended the conference; more than half were students. The programme comprised 111 oral presentations,

School of Engineering Embarks on Curriculum Transformation

Newly appointed Dean of UKZN School of Engineering, Professor Glen Bright, started his tenure with a bold initiative by hosting an Engineering Curriculum Transformation workshop. The aim of the workshop, held on 24 October, was to streamline courses across Engineering disciplines and to realign the Engineering curricula for social impact and with changing industry needs.