For South African Library Week (18 – 24 March), libraries nationwide aim to celebrate their advancements and highlight the important social, cultural and educational role they play in our broader community.
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 supervisor is Professor Don Cowan, Director of UP’s CMEG.
An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Pretoria is supporting the South African government in their reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a universal call to form partnerships to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The University of Pretoria (UP) and the Collège de France have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on research programmes, doctoral supervision and staff exchanges.
Two renowned researchers from the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria, Professors Armanda Bastos and Marthán Bester, have been announced as fellows of the Royal Society of South Africa (RSSAf) for 2019. This brings the total number of RSSAf fellows from the department to seven.
Ideas around cross-border tourism, indigenous storytelling, and film tourism were the focus of a keynote address delivered at the recent World Federation of Tourist Guides Association (WFTGA) Convention by Professor Karen Harris, Head of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Historical and Heritage Studies.
University of Pretoria (UP) Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe officially opened the university’s 2019 academic year today (Friday 8 February), and outlined his vision for the year to staff. He placed emphasis on his Executive addressing issues facing students, including financial, accommodation and other barriers related to gaining access to the University and completing their degrees. “We are working closely with the Student Representative Council, and request all student formations to work with the SRC and management to bring issues and suggestions to us so we can work together to resolve these matters,” he said.
The University of Pretoria was proud to host 2016 Chemistry Nobel laureate Sir Fraser Stoddart recently, when he spoke at UP’s Future Africa campus. In his lecture, Sir Fraser said that, to be successful as academics, teachers should prioritise their students’ needs and put them ahead of their own. Furthermore, they should support their students through thick and thin.
Agricultural sectors across Africa need their own green revolution building on local knowledge and culture, as well as a green disruption building on new digital and other technology. This was the call made by Professor Louise Fresco, President of the Netherlands’ Wageningen University and Research, during a special lecture at the University of Pretoria titled “Does Africa need a Green Revolution?”
Prof. Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, was honoured with a Science Diplomacy Award during the Department of Science and Technology’s fourth Science Forum South Africa, held from 12 to 14 December in Pretoria.
Two internationally renowned researchers from the University of Pretoria (UP), Prof Mike Wingfield and Prof Bernard Slippers, have been included on the 2018 Web of Science’s list of the world’s most highly cited researchers.
Dr Colleta Gandidzanwa, a researcher in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria, had the unique opportunity to visit Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in October, having been selected earlier this year as a 2018 fellow for the Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS).
Dr Osmond Mlonyeni, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pretoria’s Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), was recently appointed to The Innovation Hub’s Board of Directors.
Thulani Sibanda, a PhD student in Food Science, was recently awarded first prize in the 2018 Food Safety without Borders Graduate Student Paper Competition at the International Union of Food Science and Technology World Food Science and Technology Congress held in Mumbai, India.
Tshwane Insulin Project (TIP), a collaborative project between various University of Pretoria (UP) departments, will lead an exciting five-year research programme that will explore the use of remote prescribing to help primary care physicians and/or nurses better serve the needs of people living with diabetes in underserved areas. “It’s a tragedy that so many people with diabetes arrive at hospitals with advanced stages of diabetic co-morbidities and complications when, in so many instances, this could have been prevented,” says head of TIP Prof Paul Rheeder, specialist physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at Steve Biko Academic Hospital and UP’s Faculty of Health Sciences.
Professor Priya Soma-Pillay of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology was recently elected to serve on the executive board of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).
Prof Christian Pirk, Head of the Social Insects Research Group in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria (UP), was recently named a top reviewer in Publons' global Peer Review Awards after having been placed among the top 1% of reviewers in Plant and Animal Science internationally.
Dr Thulani Makhalanyane, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Pretoria, has recently been elected to the board of the International Society of Microbial Ecology (ISME). The board currently has 12 directors from the USA, Europe, South America, and Australia. At 34 years old, Dr Makhalanyane becomes the first African to join the prestigious board of directors, taking up a 4-year term from October 2018.
The recent listeriosis outbreak in South Africa has made the topic of food safety even more urgent. From 15 to 17 October 2018, food safety experts and scholars from around the world will gather at the St George’s Hotel, Pretoria, for the 2nd International Conference for Food Safety and Security. Conference attendees will discuss pathways towards a safe food future for all under the theme “Next Generation Food Safety Technologies: Addressing Sustainable Development Goals”.
There was global excitement when MeerKAT, the biggest radio telescope in the world, was launched in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape in July. But few people could have been as excited as Professor Roger Deane, who heads up the University of Pretoria’s radio astronomy research team in the Department of Physics.