Big year for forestry at UP
Posted on December 09, 2020
Not only did the Forestry Programme at the University of Pretoria (UP) celebrate ten years in 2020, but Prof Paxie Chirwa, the incumbent of the South African Forestry Companies Limited (SAFCOL) Forestry Chair, co-edited a book on the Miombo Woodlands.
MSc student attends international Plant Breeders congress
Posted on December 03, 2020
Ms Ingrid Marais, an MSc Biotechnology student in the Molecular Plant Pathogen Interactions research group in the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) and the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria, was recently selected to attend the National...
UP graduate and mathematical statistician wins silver medal in global Kaggle competition for research prediction
Posted on December 02, 2020
Dr Hossein Masoumi Karakani, who was awarded a PhD in Mathematical Statistics by the University of Pretoria (UP) in 2020, recently finished 129th out of 2 618 teams (including single-member “teams”, like Dr Karani’s) registered globally when he took part in a Kaggle competition....
Nerhene elected to the SSAG Council
Posted on November 29, 2020
Dr Nerhene Davis, a lecturer in our department has been elected to the SSAG Council. The SSAG, or the Society of South African Geographers is the society representing all geographers in South Africa and their main objective is to advance the research and educational activities of all South...
UP student Lauren Senna Fouché wins South African Translators’ Institute Student Prize 2020 for research on use of plain English in science material for educators
Posted on November 27, 2020
The Faculty of Humanities' Lauren Senna Fouché was jointly awarded the 2020 SATI student prize, a prestigious recognition for the most deserving full master’s dissertation dealing with translation, interpreting, text editing and related areas, including terminography and lexicography.
Doctoral research by UP Food Science grad may help lower obesity and diabetes rates
Posted on November 26, 2020
Research by Dr Clarity Ropafadzo Mapengo, who recently graduated from UP has found that infrared energy can be used to make starch in foods like maize meal less digestible, thereby promoting satiety and potentially decreasing the risk and incidence of diabetes and obesity.
Access current weather of Hatfield campus through our Department's weather station!
Posted on November 26, 2020
Recently, the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology obtained a new automatic weather station (AWS). The AWS is mounted on the roof of the Geography Building on the Hatfield Campus. The Davis Vantage Pro2 professional AWS records parameters such as temperature, humidity, wind...
Lecturer invited as the Regional Focal Point (RFP) for the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) consultation of the African region
Posted on November 25, 2020
Dr Thando Ndarana has been awarded the role of the Regional Focal Point (RFP) for the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) consultation of the African region. In this role, Thando will facilitate 'virtual town hall' meetings, to support the WCRP's vision of better engagement with the broader...