• Celebrate International Open Data Day and join our 2022 GGM Hackathon!

    Posted on February 28, 2022

    The Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology would like to invite you to the 2022 GGM Hackathon. To celebrate International Open Data Day (, the Hackathon will focus on scraping tools to...

  • WELCOME TO NAS: Dr Mohlamatsane Mokhatla

    Posted on February 23, 2022

    Dr Mohlamatsane Mokhatla started his career at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences on 1 January 2022.

  • NEW BEGINNINGS AT NAS: Meet Ms Valencia Kuppusamy

    Posted on February 22, 2022

    Ms Valencia Kuppusamy started her career at the University of Pretoria's Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences on 1 January 2022.

  • World Day of Social Justice

    Posted on February 20, 2022

    We celebrate World Day of Social Justice on the 20th of February.

  • Honours students recognized at 2021 GeoforAll student competition

    Posted on February 17, 2022

    “Geo for All” is the Open Source Geospatial Foundation’s Committee for Educational outreach and works in close collaboration with ICA, ISPRS, UN-GIS, AGILE, UCGIS, IGU and other partners worldwide in our mission for making geospatial education and opportunities accessible to...

  • Introducing maps to primary school learners at Viva Foundation

    Posted on February 15, 2022

    Late 2021, we were able to visit the Viva Foundation school and speak with a group of Gr 1-3 learners about maps. During the session, we showed them a number of maps and taught them about the cardinal directions. This was followed by an interactive activity and quiz. We would like to thank...

  • Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science with Dr Lerato Phali

    Posted on February 11, 2022

    On the 11th of February 2022, we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

  • UP study finds that lions hunt particular cattle types

    Posted on February 09, 2022

    When wild lions sneak up on a herd of cattle to grab an easy meal, the dice seem to be loaded more heavily against certain herd members, which are more likely than the others to be killed and eaten, according to a new study conducted by scientists from the University of Pretoria (UP).

  • Tropical Storm Ana

    Posted on February 02, 2022

    Hear Professor Dyson speak about tropical storm Ana, which affected Madagascar and Mozambique during January. Access the video at

  • UP to collaborate with Dr Sam Motsuenyane Rural Development Foundation to alleviate poverty and unemployment

    Posted on January 31, 2022

    The appropriate mix of technical expertise and community reach is key for the success of rural development partnerships, says UP’s Prof Barend Erasmus as the University signs an MOU with the Dr Sam Motsuenyane Rural Development Foundation.

  • UP EXPERT OPINION: COVID lessons: scientists without quality data are like unarmed soldiers in a war zone

    Posted on January 28, 2022

    UP EXPERT OPINION: The spread of misinformation and disinformation may be unavoidable, but the lack of access to quality data is not, say data scientists including UP’s Dr Vukosi Marivate.

  • We welcome Rebecca to our team

    Posted on January 28, 2022

    Prof. Rebecca Garland recently joined the University of Pretoria as an Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology. She is an NRF-rated researcher with over 20 years’ experience in research in the atmospheric science, atmospheric biogeochemistry,...

  • UP scientist part of global team that discovered world’s largest fish breeding colony in Antarctica

    Posted on January 25, 2022

    “This clearly shows us that the waters surrounding Antarctica are full of life!” – UP scientist @Miasjien who was part of an international research team that found the world’s largest fish breeding colony in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea.

  • International Day of Education

    Posted on January 24, 2022

    We celebrate International Day of Education by looking at the importance of food security for education.

  • New NRF rating for Dr Thando Ndarana

    Posted on January 24, 2022

    Dr. Thando Ndarana, a senior lecturer in dynamic meteorology in GGM, NAS, received a C1 rating from the NRF. His main research interests are using basic dynamic meteorology concepts such as wave activity, energetics and potential vorticity to understand the underlying dynamical processes that...

  • Seasonal forecast for January 2022 available

    Posted on January 18, 2022

    The January Seasonal Forecast Worx predicts weak La Niña conditions during summer, with ENSO-neutral conditions after that. The probability of above normal rainfall totals across the region during the second half of the summer season has decreased considerably from last month’s forecast....

  • Researchers help fight against mosquitoes at hotels in Zanzibar

    Posted on December 22, 2021

    A new study by an international team including PhD Entomology student Ayubo Kampango and Prof Chris Weldon in UP’s Department of Zoology and Entomology shows that hotels can address the fight against mosquitoes by implementing simple measures that target mosquito breeding sites.

  • Research on genetic health of forest fig trees

    Posted on December 21, 2021

    Ficus trees are an essential source of food in forests because they produce fruit year-round. However, South African forests have been fragmented into tiny pieces since before the ice ages.

  • Better prediction of tiny bloodsuckers to protect livestock

    Posted on December 20, 2021

    Most South Africans love eating meat, but animal diseases regularly threaten a constant, affordable supply.

  • MSc student bridges the fields of chemistry and physics

    Posted on December 19, 2021

    Ané Kritzinger, a master’s student in the Department of Chemistry, is bridging the fields of chemistry and physics to develop an ultra-sensitive instrument for pollutant detection.

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