UKZN Hosting Virtual Summer School on Intellectual Property and Transfer of Technology

UKZN’s InQubate will host the 2021 WIPO-South Africa Summer School on Intellectual Property and Transfer of Technology being held online from 17 May to 26 May. The event is being organised jointly by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy and the Department of Science and Innovation through the National Intellectual Property Management Office and the Companies

Msizi Chatbot Launched

Click here for isiZulu version UKZN has developed the Msizi Chatbot to enhance the student and visitor experience for 2021 online registrations. Launched at the beginning of February, the Chatbot is a computer programme designed to mimic human conversation and provide predetermined answers by interpreting words given to it in the chat interface. Named Msizi

A1 NRF Rating for UKZN Scientist

Click here for isiZulu version UKZN’s Professor Steve Johnson has obtained an A1 rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF). This is the highest rating that the NRF awards to ‘researchers who are unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and wide impact (ie beyond a narrow field

Rehabilitated Yellow-Billed Kites the Focus of Novel Scientific Mercy Mission

UKZN’s Centre for Functional Biodiversity, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) have teamed up for a scientific mercy mission. Postdoctoral researcher Dr Dave Ehlers Smith and Ezemvelo colleague Mr Brent Coverdale, recently released three rehabilitated yellow-billed kites at a Crocodile Farm outside Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal – a location that sees hundreds of the scavengers feeding from the croc food

Propelling Africa’s Rocket Systems Forward

UKZN’s Aerospace Systems Research Group (ASReG) in the School of Engineering is developing the talent of the next generation of rocket scientists to drive South Africa’s space industry forward. Master’s candidate Mr Thabang Mdhluli, from the village of Phiring in the Limpopo Province, is one of those furthering the ASReG’s mission through his research on developing an injector test rig

Driven to Engineer South Africa’s Aerospace Future

UKZN’s Aerospace Systems Research Group (ASReG) in the School of Engineering is developing the talent of the next generation of rocket scientists to propel South Africa’s space industry forward, and the young engineers moving through its ranks are making their own dreams, and those of South Africa’s burgeoning space engineering industry, a reality through innovative research, hard work, and

Sustainable Food for Thought in Fountainhill Estate’s Second Online Biodiversity Seminar

At the second of four online seminars hosted by Fountainhill Estate (FHE), UKZN, the Institute of Natural Resources (INR) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), two researchers from UKZN contributed their expertise to the topic of food as part of the seminar series’ foray into the fundamentals of the Food-Water-Energy (WEF) nexus and biodiversity. Joined by more than 170 participants,

Fountainhill Estate Symposium Series Explores the Food-Water-Energy Nexus and Biodiversity

Fountainhill Estate (FHE), a conservation and agriculture enterprise in KwaZulu-Natal that facilitates environmental and agricultural research in the uMngeni catchment by partnering with many organisations, including UKZN has moved its annual research symposium online for a series of seminars. Cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual two-day research symposium has seen four previous successful iterations

Prestigious Atmospheric Sciences Award for Agrometeorology Graduate

Click here for isiZulu version A paper emerging from the research of agrometeorology graduate Dr Floyd Khosa, now a data scientist at Santam Insurance, received the South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences (SASAS) Stanley Jackson Award for the best research paper in atmospheric sciences in South Africa in 2020. Named after the late Professor Stanley Jackson –

Lightning Monitoring Research Makes Editor’s Pick in South African Journal

Agrometeorological research on lightning being undertaken by doctoral candidate in UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) Ms Maqsooda Mahomed has been selected as the editor’s choice in the January/February 2021 edition of the South African Journal of Science. The article, titled Lightning monitoring and detection techniques: Progress and challenges in South Africa comprises a