NAS researchers lead the way in 2019 NSTF finalists’ list
Posted on June 13, 2019
Five of the eight researchers at the University of Pretoria that made it to the finals of the National Science and Technology Foundation (NSTF) 2018/2019 Awards hail from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS). They are Prof Robin Crewe (finalist in two categories), Prof Serena...
VC thanks NRF-rated researchers for overall contribution to UP’s research output
Posted on June 06, 2019
The University of Pretoria (UP) Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Tawana Kupe, thanked researchers who are rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF) at levels A, B and C for their contribution to the University’s overall research output, at two recent events.
UP study on ant behaviour offers insight into how climate change could impact humans
Posted on June 05, 2019
A University of Pretoria (UP) study on ants that inhabit various mountain sites across the world has found that if greenhouse gas emissions continue on the current trajectory, the planet faces major ecosystem changes.
UP Library Services helps students PAWS for a study break during examination season
Posted on June 04, 2019
The University of Pretoria’s Department of Library Services, in collaboration with the largest dog therapy organisation in Gauteng, TOP Dogs, will be bringing therapy dogs onto UP’s Hatfield Campus on the mornings of 5, 6 and 7 June 2019, to provide animal-assisted therapy to students...
CEEPA’s 2nd training on choice and controlled experiments a roaring success
Posted on May 31, 2019
The Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) at the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development is gaining momentum in becoming the regional centre of choice. To reach this objective, CEEPA provides quality degree and non-degree training, research...
UP academics’ work on African mole-rat research could pave way for new painkillers for humans
Posted on May 30, 2019
Three University of Pretoria (UP) scientists are part of a team whose research on African mole-rats has led to a discovery that may hold the key to pain management in humans.
How combining and fermenting grains can help nutrition in Africa
Posted on May 27, 2019
With the emergence of climate change, alternative solutions are needed to improve the availability of food. This is particularly true in Africa where most countries rely on rain to water their plants. Consequently, food becomes scarce during periods of drought.
UP honours its top researchers at Academic Achievers’ Awards dinner
Posted on May 22, 2019
The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) 2019 Academic Achievers’ Awards dinner was held on Tuesday to honour more than 110 academics who have shown exceptional achievement in their disciplines, as well as National Research Foundation (NRF)-rated researchers.
UP PhD student scoops top award at international conference in San Francisco
Posted on May 20, 2019
Doctoral student Lazarus Takawira of the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) recently won the Best Student Poster award at the US Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute’s 14th annual Genomics of Energy & Environment...
UP postgraduate student one of three award winning wood scientists in global competition
Posted on May 17, 2019
A recent MSc graduate from the University of Pretoria (UP), Martin Wierzbicki, is one of three global winners of the 2018-2019 Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award. The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) has recently announced Martin along with Elina...
‘We learn from students as much as they learn from us’ – UP prof on his 101 PhD graduates
Posted on May 15, 2019
Professor Mike Wingfield of the University of Pretoria (UP) has acted as an advisor or supervisor to an impressive 101 PhD graduates, as of April 2019.
Quadriplegic student graduates with MA from the Centre for Environmental Studies
Posted on May 10, 2019
Izak Boshoff (IB) Foster, a quadriplegic student as a result of a high school rugby accident, graduated during the April graduation ceremonies with his MA Environment and Society degree. Mr Foster obtained the degree under the supervision of Dr Natalie Haussmann, from the Department of Geography,...
Agric Economics students attend AgriSA’s commodity and corporate conference
Posted on May 07, 2019
On the 24th and 25th of April 2019, AgriSA held their commodity and corporate conference at Future Africa, Pretoria. The Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development had the opportunity to send five of their top students to attend this event; Hilda Lefophane (PhD),...
Environmental economist, Prof Rashid Hassan, elected to the US National Academy of Sciences
Posted on May 05, 2019
Prof Rashid Mekki Hassan received one of the highest honours in science by being elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences (NAS). On 30th April, the NAS announced the election of 100 new members and 25 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing...
UP Animal Science postgraduate student wins international award
Posted on May 02, 2019
Mr Stuart Taylor, a master’s degree student in Animal Science at the University of Pretoria (UP) recently won the award for the best graduate student presentation from the Southern Poultry Science Society (SPSS) at the annual meeting of the International Poultry Scientific Forum (IPSF) in...
On a different buzz: why we need flies
Posted on April 29, 2019
For many people, the idea of flies buzzing about isn’t very appealing, as they’re typically associated with dirt and disease. But before you swat the next fly you see, know that out of the thousands of flies that are known, only a few are harmful – the rest play positive roles...
‘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...
Master’s student in Animal Science wins Koos van der Merwe Award
Posted on April 16, 2019
Ms Micaela Sinclair-Black, an MSc (Agric) student in Animal Science at the University of Pretoria, recently received the Koos van der Merwe Award at the Animal Feed Manufacturers’ Association (AFMA) symposium.
SANUM 2019 - 27 to 29 March
Posted on April 15, 2019
The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics hosted the annual South African Symposium on Numerical and Applied Mathematics (SANUM) from 27 to 29 March 2019. The conference was officially opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (UP), Prof Jean Lubuma.
‘The next Einstein could be African’ – newly elected UP head of Next Einstein Forum’s Community of Scientists
Posted on April 12, 2019
Sanushka Naidoo, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Pretoria (UP), was recently elected chairperson of the Next Einstein Forum’s (NEF) Community of Scientists programme.