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.
Physics postgraduate student selected to attend Nobel Laureate Meeting
Posted on April 12, 2019
Mr Justin Harrison, a recent MSc graduate from the Department of Physics at the University of Pretoria (UP), is one of only 20 top young scientists from South Africa to attend the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to physics later this year in Lindau, Germany. The Academy of Science of...
Astronomers capture first image of a black hole
Posted on April 10, 2019
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today, (10 April) in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers reveal that...
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’.
Master’s student in Horticulture off to Australia
Posted on March 29, 2019
Ms Elmien Coetser, an MSc Agric(Horticulture) candidate at the University of Pretoria (UP) has been chosen by the member delegates at the recent International Plant Propagator's Society (IPPS) Southern Africa Region’s Annual Conference to go to Australia on the Australia/Southern Africa...
UP celebrates Goût de France with French embassy
Posted on March 28, 2019
The Department of Consumer and Food Sciences at the University of Pretoria recently partnered with the French embassy and well-known celebrity chef, Nataniël, to prepare a meal for invited guests to celebrate Goût de France on the Hatfield campus.
In celebration of forests
Posted on March 27, 2019
The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. The day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests.
PhD’s video steals the limelight in SAASTA competition
Posted on March 20, 2019
Mr Darryl Herron, a PhD student in Microbiology at the University of Pretoria (UP), won the video category of the South Africa Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) Young Science Communicators Competition. He also won third place in the Department of Plant and Soil...