Partnerships and Collaborations

A collaborative approach is a key principle in achieving the research outcomes of the SEMLI, and as such the Institute promotes inclusivity and cross-pollination of research ideas and activities. Integration of research activities is realized through the development of internal (within UP) and external (national and international) research collaborations with academics, organisations and industry. The aim is to not only grow the existing complement of researchers, but to attract new researchers and doctoral and post-doctoral students into the field and to the University. 


Join us on our Exciting Journey!

Opportunities exist for organizations and business entities interested in creating medium to long term relationships with SEMLI in order to:

  • Conduct collaborative research that has mutual benefit for both the industry partner and SEMLI
  • Utilize specialist scientific and clinical expertise for contracted projects
  • Contribute to the development and growth of the Institute through sponsorships and donations
  • Discuss the co-development of short courses and training through the Training Solutions division of Enterprises UP

Private clinical practitioners interested in discussing potential opportunities to join the SEMLI clinical and scientific services team in providing a world-class service, while also realizing your research and teaching passions, are welcome to contact us.

Please e-mail [email protected] with the details of your enquiry, and we will get back to you.


Collaborations within the University of Pretoria:

It is recognized that at the University of Pretoria there are a number of clinicians, researchers and research groups that are already active in the fields of sport and exercise medicine, exercise and sports science, nutrition, physiotherapy, biokinetics, psychology, genetics and molecular medicine, physiology, orthopaedics, engineering, law, education, ethics, economics, management and others. This presents a unique opportunity to utilize the strengths of its existing infrastructure and staff to develop a strong research and teaching program.  The SEMLI acts in support of these existing researchers and research groups within Faculties, Units, Centres, Institutes and Bureaus by fostering research collaboration in the areas of sport, exercise medicine and lifestyle research.

Division of Biokinetics & Sports Science

Section Sports Medicine

Big Data & Data Science Institute and Department of Computer Science

Department of Orthopaedics

Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Radiology

Department of Family Medicine

Future Africa




Collaborations with Local & International Academic Institutions:                                     

The SEMLI recognizes the importance of knowledge sharing between research institutions and as such continues to expand its research platform both locally and internationally.  Professor Schwellnus has been awarded the Directorship of one of only nine International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Centres - this Centre is located at SEMLI. This provides an opportunity for UP to engage in collaborations with the research platforms of the other IOC Research Centres in the United Kingdom, Canada, Norway, Netherlands, Qatar, Japan, South Korea and Australia.

Göteborg University

University of Minnesota Medical School

University of Washington

University College London

Boston Children's Hospital

Harvard University

University of Californis Davis

University of Washington

University of Melbourne

Amsterdan Medical Centre


University of Cape Town

SA MRC Biostatistics Unit

University of Stellenbosch

University of the Western Cape

University of the Witwatersrand


Collaborations and Partnerships with Local and International Industry, Government, NGOs, Federations:

The SEMLI also understands the value of, and therefore encourages, collaborative relationships with organizations outside the academic environment - in industry, government, and civil society.  UP has existing links to the International Olympic Medical Committee, the International Football Federation (FIFA) Medical Committee, and the International Sports Medicine Federation (FIMS).  The SEMLI will continue to develop a national and international network of collaborators, to advance the scholarship of and progressive research conducted by the Institute.

International Olympic Committee IOC

International Paralympic Committee IPC

Union Cycliste Internationale UCI

International Triathlon Union ITU

United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee




SA Rugby


Cape Town Cycle Tour

Cape Town Marathon


Cape Epic

947 Cycle Challenge



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