COMMENT: Why PhDs are good – for individuals, and for a country
Posted on December 06, 2019
The Department of Science and Innovation has suggested that universities need to increase their output of PhD graduates to 100 graduates per million people. At the moment South Africa has 46 doctoral graduates per million people.
Third successful interdisciplinary training school on solar energy and photosynthesis held at UP
Posted on November 27, 2019
A very unique postgraduate spring school on solar energy and photosynthesis recently took place at the University of Pretoria (UP). This annual event, which attracts overwhelming interest, is unlike any other around the world due to three key elements: the African focus, the truly...
BGM Photo Competition 2019
Posted on November 13, 2019
The 2019 BGM Photo Competition was open for entries during August.
UP and International Veterinary Vaccinology Network teach learners about vaccination
Posted on November 08, 2019
“Who knew that science can be cool?” This was one of the many positive comments from Prestige College learners during a University of Pretoria (UP) and International Veterinary Vaccinology Network (IVVN) outreach programme that took place recently in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria.
NATHouse scooped up more than a handful of awards
Posted on October 25, 2019
Not only did NATHouse win six awards at the annual Day and Faculty House Awards Ceremony hosted by the Division of Student Development (DSD) recently, but their Faculty Guardian, Dr Quenton Kritzinger, was also awarded as the Faculty Guardian of the Year. He also received this award in 2017.
UP STARS Mentorship Awards - Meshack Kekana
Posted on October 15, 2019
On Thursday 10 October 2019, Meshack Kekana, from the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology, was recognized by the UP STARS Mentorship programme as one of the NAS mentors who have made a great impact on the lives of the first-year BSc students.
Meshack Kekana our Top 100 candidate
Posted on October 02, 2019
Meshack Kekana, a postgraduate student at the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology was selected as one of the Top 100 most employable graduates for 2019 by GradStar.
Prof Barend Erasmus appointed as new Dean for NAS
Posted on October 02, 2019
Professor Barend Erasmus has been appointed as the Dean in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS) at the University of Pretoria (UP) from 1 October 2019.
UP academics clinch seven prestigious NRF Awards for contribution to knowledge production
Posted on September 13, 2019
Seven UP academics received prestigious awards from the National Research Foundation (NRF) on Thursday, 12 September 2019, for their contribution to knowledge creation and dissemination.
Master’s student in biochemistry wins award for best oral presentation
Posted on September 03, 2019
Masego Dilebo, a master’s student in biochemistry at the University of Pretoria, recently won an award for the best oral presentation at the 5th Annual Malaria Research Conference.
Dr Dina Coertzen selected to attend international young scientist programme
Posted on August 13, 2019
Dr Dina Coertzen from the Malaria Parasite Molecular Laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology has been selected to participate in the International Union for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Young Scientist Program (YSP) at Taylor’s University...
UP's Prof Myburg receives International Forest Biotechnologist of the Year Award
Posted on August 15, 2019
Prof Zander Myburg, Director of the Forest Molecular Genetics Programme in the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute at the University of Pretoria, recently received the prestigious Biotechnologist of the Year Award from the Institute of Forest Biosciences.
UP's Dr Jandeli Niemand wins international prize for malaria research poster
Posted on August 19, 2019
Dr Jandeli Niemand from the Malaria Parasite Molecular Laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Pretoria (UP) has won a prize for her poster entitled: “The use of phenomics to generate mode of action fingerprints of antiplasmodial...
Two UP malaria experts receive international travel scholarships
Posted on July 30, 2019
Two researchers from the Malaria Parasite Molecular Laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Pretoria (UP), Dr Jandeli Niemand and Dr Dina Coertzen, received travel scholarships to attend the Setting our Sights on Infectious Diseases Conference...
UP Microbiology PhD student wins international prize
Posted on July 22, 2019
A UP PhD student in microbiology, Itumeleng Baloyi, was recently awarded the first prize for the best poster presentation at the Phytochemical Society of Europe and Young Scientist Meeting 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.
‘You can be whatever or whoever you want to be’ – 2018 UP Derek Gray Award recipient
Posted on April 29, 2019
“I love learning about the world around me and how science can shape and change it,” says first-year student Rahil Samlal, who is studying towards a BSc Microbiology degree in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP). Rahil is also the winner...
First Soapbox at NAS with two renowned academics
Posted on April 05, 2019
Two seasoned academics from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS), Prof Jan Verschoor (Biochemistry) and Prof Wentzel Schoeman (Chemistry) recently gave their own unique flavour to the term ‘soapbox’.
Two NAS researchers elected to SCAR
Posted on March 20, 2019
Two researchers from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS) at the University of Pretoria, Dr Thulani Makhalanyane and Dr Christel Hansen, have been elected to the South African National Committee (SANC) of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), an...
UP PhD student a runner-up in SA Agency for Science and Technology Advancement competition
Posted on March 19, 2019
Ms Yashini Naidoo, a second-year PhD student at the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG), is the runner-up in the Writing category of the South Africa Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) Young Science Communicator Competition. Her...
Latest T&[email protected] Bulletin (2019) now available
Posted on February 04, 2019
The second issue of the 2019 NAS T&L Bulletin was officially launched on 1 February 2019.
According to Dr Rory Biggs from the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, one of the editorial members of the Bulletin, "The T&[email protected] Bulletin aims to be a forum for sharing thoughts,...