Research Symposium Promotes Biodiversity Conservation and Management

The annual Durban Research Action Partnership (D’RAP) Research Symposium presented an opportunity for students conducting research as part of the partnership between eThekwini Municipality (EM) and UKZN to present their work and to hear from invited guests about climate change and biodiversity in a management context. D’RAP bridges the science-action gap and advances knowledge in biodiversity conservation

Crop Science PhD Candidate Wins Best Presentation Award at WaterNet Symposium

Mr Hillary Mugiyo, a PhD candidate in the Discipline of Crop Science at UKZN, received first prize for his oral presentation at the 20th WaterNet/Water Research Fund for Southern Africa (WARFSA)/Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWP-SA) Symposium. Mugiyo was among a number of staff and students from UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) to attend the symposium in

Award for Student Presentation on Catalysis of Biodiesel By-Products

Master’s candidate in the School of Chemistry and Physics, Mr Aaron Folkard received the Clariant award for the best student oral presentation at the Catalysis Society of South Africa’s (CATSA) 30th annual conference held in Cape Town. He was recognised for his presentation on the conversion of a biodiesel by-product to several more valuable chemicals using a catalyst. The conference

Biochemistry Lecturer Participates in Genetic Engineering Information Exchange

PhD candidate and Development Lecturer in the Discipline of Biochemistry, Ms Seipati Mokhosi, participated in an information sharing and exchange meeting on second generation genetic engineering technologies hosted in Cape Town by the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) in collaboration with the Third World Network (TWN). The ACB, a Johannesburg-based non-governmental organisation, has engaged in biosafety discourse on the

Ukulinga Research Farm Part of Global Study

Ukulinga Research Farm at UKZN is the only research site in Africa that forms part of a research network recently featured in Nature Communications, in an article that described the first ‘global-scale experiment to realistically determine the available nitrogen in grasslands on six continents.’ Professor Kevin Kirkman from Grassland Science at UKZN is one of the

Showcasing Research While Celebrating Industry Partnerships

Research and innovation to improve and contribute to society is the main foundation of the work of the School of Engineering’s five Disciplines, and was the focus of the Engineering Research Expo and Industry Awards at the UNITE Building on the Howard College campus. The Research Exposition was established to showcase the research and innovation

Launch of Green Campus Campaign in Pietermaritzburg

The Pietermaritzburg Campus Management Forum (PCMF) has launched its Green Campus Campaign, an initiative that encourages students and staff to beautify and take responsibility for spaces they occupy, as well as, to recycle waste material. More than 100 staff and students attended the opening, which included a poetry reading and modelling of clothing made from recycled plastic. Master

Crop Science Researchers Recognised by WRC for Contributions to Water Sector

Honorary research fellow, Dr Tafadzwa Mabhaudhi and senior lecturer in Crop Science, Dr Alfred Odindo – both of UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences – have received Research Knowledge Tree awards from the Water Research Commission (WRC) in recognition of their contributions to policy and decision-making and to human capital development in the sector. The awards were