Women in Animal Science soar

Posted on August 31, 2023

In light of Women's Month being August in South Africa, the Department of Animal Science is highlighting just some of the fantastic achievements by our women academics!

Leading up to Women's Month, Dr. Christine Jansen van Rensburg, who is a monogastric nutritionist in the department, attended the 23rd European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) from June 21 - 24, 2023 at the Palacongressi di Rimini, Italy. The conference is the most significant forum for the information exchange in the field of poultry nutrition issues in Europe, and it is one of the most influential gatherings of their kind in the world. It provides a unique opportunity to present scientific and technical achievements in poultry nutrition to get new information in science having direct impact from lectures and discussions with leading poultry scientist in very new area of poultry nutrition and poultry nutrition industry.

During Women's Month, Dr. Thobela Nkukwana, who is also a monogastric nutritionist in the department specialising in poultry, received an award from the prestigious Horizons Institute Crucible Programme (further information here).  Dr. Nkukwana said  that “I want my knowledge to have relevant application across different populations. This programme will provide such learning for me, and as a collective, I believe we will do great work. I am invigorated and very excited to be part of this programme. It is a great opportunity for me, and I plan to learn and engage with the team as much as possible towards better outcomes for all who will be involved.”

Lastly, Prof. Este van Marle-Koster, Head of the Animal Science Department, chaired the Next-Generation Agriculture session during UP Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences' first Research Symposium on the 29th of August. Prof. van Marle-Koster is an established researcher specialising in animal genetics and breeding.

Our department is proud of all our women academics, laboratory and support staff for their continous, daily commitment to our students and research

Dr. Christine Jansen van Rensburg, Dr. Thobela Nkukwana and Prof. Este van Marle-Koster


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