Honouring Excellence in Research

Top researchers at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) were acknowledged at the annual Research Dinner on UKZN’s Westville campus. In his keynote address, CEO of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Thulani Dlamini shared his thoughts on the critical role of inclusive innovation as a necessary element for sustainable growth and prosperity.

“Waste to Art” Presents Vision for a Sustainable Future

The University of KwaZulu-Natal hosted a unique cocktail themed fashion show titled “Waste to Art” at the KZNSA Art Gallery in November. Engineers are not normally associated with high fashion, but such was the case as sassy young UKZN Engineering students sashayed down the catwalk. They were dressed in stylish and eco-friendly designs created out

Water Sanitation Specialist Group Deputy Chairmanship for UKZN Academic

Dr Konstantina Velkushanova, a Senior Research Associate in the Pollution Research Group (PRG) at UKZN, was recently appointed Deputy Chair of the International Water Association (IWA) Non-Sewered Sanitation (NSS) Specialist Group (SG) at the group’s official launch during the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in Tokyo. ‘The NSS specialist group is there to fill in a new niche in the

School of Engineering Top Academic Staff & Students Honoured

The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science’s School of Engineering recently hosted its Engineering awards luncheon to celebrate outstanding research output and academic performances of its staff and students. The official welcome and main address at the event was delivered by Professor Jules-Raymond Tapamo, the acting Dean and Head of School. In his address, Professor

IBM Prize for UKZN Postdoc Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Maria Schuld was lauded at the IBM Qiskit best paper award competition recently. The researcher from UKZN’s Centre for Quantum Technology was named as a runner up in the competition for her paper Implementing a Distance-Based Classifier with a Quantum Interference Circuit. The paper was published in Europhysics Letters and was co-authored by Mr Mark Fingerhuth and Professor Francesco Petruccione.

Exploring Interactions Between the Atmosphere and Ocean

The South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences (SASAS) recently held its 34th annual two-day conference at the La Montagne in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, using the unique locale to contribute to discussions of its theme of interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean. Professor Sivakumar Venkataraman, leader of the Atmospheric Research Group (ATMRES) in the School of Chemistry and Physics (SCP) at UKZN played a

Education Experts from Iowa State Contribute to Professional Development

The Improved Masters in Cultivar Development for Africa (IMCDA) programme in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) recently hosted Dr Judith Levings and Iowa State University’s (ISU) Dr Greg Miller. Levings, a Professional Learning Community (PLC) specialist and Miller, who is from the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies in the School of Education at Iowa State University (ISU) spent

UKZN Academics Serve as Judges in Prestigious International Eskom Expo

Two academics from the School of Chemistry and Physics (SCP) served as the sole official judges for the Physics and Chemistry at this year’s Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, held in Boksburg. The exhibition allows students to have the opportunity to show others their projects about their own scientific investigations. UKZN’s Dr Mervlyn Moodley and

Capacity-Building Workshop for Local Government Focuses Agricultural Planning and GIS

Researchers from UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) involved in the uMgungundlovu District Municipality’s (UMDM) uMngeni Resilience Project (URP) hosted a half-day workshop. The workshop was held at the Ukulinga Research Farm to focus on capacity building within the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (KZNDARD). It was the last in a series of UKZN-KZNDARD training sessions. It was attended

Agriculture Students Fly UKZN Flag in National Competition

Three third-year students from the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) took part in the inaugural edition of the Old Mutual Agricultural Student of the Year Competition and made it to the final round. The competition was organised by Old Mutual and Plaas Media to identify top agricultural students at South African universities. The students were selected from a