Individual Research Awards

Prof Helen Rees

Executive Director, Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and UNAIDS Collaborating Centre and Personal Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Wits and Honorary Professor, Department of Clinical Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Prof Alvaro Viljoen

NRF/DST Chair in Phytomedicine, TUT; Director: MRC Herbal Drugs Research Unit, TUT


Prof Andrew Forbes

Professor: School of Physics, Wits (as of March 2015); Previously Chief Researcher: National Laser Centre 2005 – 2015


Prof Anna-Lise Williamson

SARChI Chair in Vaccinology, Institute of Infectious Disease & Molecular Medicine, Div. of Medical Virology, Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT; Medical Scientist, National Health Laboratory Services, Groote Schuur Hospital


Dr Christo Rautenbach

Senior Scientist, Natural Resources & the Environment, CSIR


Prof Collet Dandara

Associate Professor: Div. of Human Genetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT


Prof Dan Stein

Professor & Head: Dept. of Psychiatry & Mental Health, UCT Director: Brain-Behaviour Initiative, UCT; Director: SU/UCT Medical Research Council Unit on Anxiety & Stress Disorders


Prof Esther Akinlabi

Head: Department of Mechanical Engineering Science, UJ


Prof Graeme Meintjes

Associate Professor: Dept. of Medicine, UCT; Full Member: Institute of Infectious Diseases & Molecular Medicine, UCT; Honorary Clinical Lecturer: Dept. of Medicine, Imperial College, London


Dr Grant Theron

Senior Research Officer: Dept. of Medicine, UCT


Prof Jennifer Jelsma

Professor: Dept. of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT


Prof John Terblanche

Associate Professor: Dept. of Conservation Ecology & Entomology, SU


Dr Keren Middelkoop

Senior Researcher: Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, UCT TB Div. Leader, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, UCT


Dr Lise du Toit

Senior Lecturer & Researcher: Dept. of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Wits


Prof Lucky Nedambale

Research Team Manager: Agricultural Research Council; Extraordinaire Professor, TUT & Univen


Dr Lucy Moleleki

Associate Professor: Forest & Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), UP


Prof Lynette Denny

Head of Dept.: Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UCT


Prof Marissa Rollnick

Chair of Science Education; Director: Marang Centre, Wits


Dr Melinda Griffiths

Honorary Research Associate: Centre for Bioprocess Engineering, UCT


Prof Michael Henning

Research Professor in Mathematics, Dept. of Pure & Applied Mathematics, UJ


Prof Monuko du Plessis

Professor: Dept. of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng. UP; Carl & Emily Fuchs Institute for Microelectronics (CEFIM), UP


Prof Nigel Bennett

Austin Roberts Chair of Mammology; SARChi: Mammal Behavioural Ecology & Physiology, UP


Prof Penny Moore

Senior Medical Scientist: National Institute for Communicable Diseases; Reader: Dept. of Medicine, Wits; Research Associate, CAPRISA


Prof Peter Beighton

Emeritus Professor & Senior Scholar: Div. of Human Genetics, UCT


Prof Resia Pretorius

Professor: Dept. of Physiology, UP


Prof Robert Scholes

Research Group Leader, The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) until December 2014 and Distinguished Professor of System Ecology, Wits from 2015


Prof Sharon Fonn

Professor: School of Public Health, Wits


Prof Sharon Reid

Associate Professor: Dept. of Molecular & Cell Biology, UCT


Dr Thulani Makhalanyane

Lecturer: Dept. of Genetics, UP; Researcher: Centre for Microbial Ecology & Genomics, UP


Prof Zander Myburg

Professor in Forest Genomics & Biotechnology, Dept. of Genetics, Forest & Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) & Genomics Research Institute (GRI), UP


Special Annual Theme Award

Prof Andrew Forbes

Professor: School of Physics, Wits (as of March 2015); Previously Chief Researcher: National Laser Centre 2005 – 2015


Prof Lukas Snyman

Professor & Chair: Dept. of Electrical & Mining Engineering, UNISA


Prof Monuko du Plessis

Professor: Dept. of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng. UP; Carl & Emily Fuchs Institute for Microelectronics (CEFIM), UP


GreenMatter Award

Biological Control Research Group (BCRG)

Professor Martin Hill, Head of Entomology & Director, Dept. of Zoology & Entomology, RU


Dr Francois Engelbrecht

Research Group Leader & Principal Researcher, Climate Studies, Modelling & Environmental Health, Natural Resources & the Environment, CSIR


Prof Harald Winkler

Professor: Energy Research Centre, UCT


Prof John Donaldson

Chief Director of Biodiversity Research, Assessment & Monitoring at SANBI


Prof John Terblanche

Associate Professor: Dept. of Conservation Ecology & Entomology, SU


Woolworths Holdings

Head of Sustainability: Mr Justin Smith


Communication Award

Mr Derek Fish

Director: Unizulu Science Centre, UNIZULU


Mr John Lucas

Founder: explore4knowledge®


Ms Marina Joubert

Researcher & Lecturer: Centre for Evaluation, Science & Technology (CREST), SU


Ms Sarah Wild

Science Editor: Mail & Guardian


Research for Innovation Awards

SMME Winner - Antrum Biotech

CEO & Team Leader: Ms Khilona Radia


Corporate Winner - Innovation Support and Technology Transfer, North-West University

Chief Director: Professor Deon de Beer


Lumkani Fire Detection Team, UCT

Managing Director & Team Leader: Mr David Gluckman


Nanotechnology Innovation, Mintek

Director: Dr Lucky Sikhwivhilu


Power Line Inspection Robot

Project Leader: Professor Edward Boje


Technology Development Team, Segra (Pty) Ltd

Team Leader & Director: Mr Sam M Pigram


Vitasoft Research Team

Team leader & Director: Mr Johannes Joubert


NGO Award

BirdLife South Africa: Albatross Team

Seabird Programme Manager: Dr Ross Wanless


Western Cape Primary Science Programme (PSP)

Director: Ms Zorina Dharsey