Professor Diane Hildebrandt

Transforming waste into energy, solving global environmental challenges

6 March 2018

Award: Engineering capacity development over the last 5-10 years, sponsored by Eskom

“A theme that runs through my research is how to use carbon-containing wastes and convert them to fuel and electricity to supply energy and jobs to communities, while cleaning up the environment,” says Prof Hildebrandt.

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Prof. Bert Klumperman

Solving problems through polymer chemistry

17 March 2017

“Most people will know polymers from plastic bags or plastic toys, but it is so much more than that,” says Prof Bert Klumperman, Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science at Stellenbosch University and winner of the 2015/2016 NSTF-South32 Lifetime Award. Considered a world leader in polymer chemistry, Klumperman’s work includes investigating nano-structured materials for biomedical applications.

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Prof. Peter Dunsby

Growing SA’s astronomy and cosmology community

17 March 2017

Winner of the 2015/2016 NSTF-South32 award for research capacity development over the last 5-10 years, Prof Dunsby believes that “any research is far more productive and successful when you involve other people, whether they’re postgrad or post-doctoral students”. Professor of Cosmology and co-director of the Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre at the University of Cape Town, Dunsby played a key role in the establishment of SA’s National Astronomy and Space Science Programme (NASSP).

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Prof. David Berger

Studying what makes crops sick, and how this happens

27 July 2016

“I work on the genetics of how crops interact with pathogens. For example, understanding what makes one variety of maize more resistant than another,” says Berger. Currently Berger is looking at grey leaf spot (GLS), a global disease that seriously affects maize production. Maize is our staple diet and GLS can have a devastating effect on maize crops.

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Zorina Dharsey

Mentorship model to support first-time teachers

9 October 2015

Get to know Zorina Dharsey, the CEO of the Western Cape-Primary Science Programme (PSP) which was the 2014/15 award winner for Non-Governmental Organisations. She talks to us about their mentorship model to support first-time teachers.

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Dr Thulani Makhalanyane

Studying deserts to understand life-giving organisms

9 October 2015

Get to know Dr Thulani Makhalanyane, the 2014/15 winner of a TW Kambule-NSTF Award for Emerging Researchers, and talks to us about studying deserts to understand life-giving organisms

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Prof Saurabh Sinha

Exploring the world of electrical engineering

7 October 2015

Prof Sinha was the proud winner of the 2012/13 TW Kambule NRF-NSTF Award, awarded annually to an emerging researcher for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) through research and its outputs over a period of up to six years after award of a PhD or equivalent in research.

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Marieka Gryzenhout

Getting to grips with mycology and plant pathology

24 March 2014

Does the idea of learning more about very small living things, such as bacteria and fungi, appeal to you? Do you want to work in a relevant and applied field? If you are one of those people who look at a microscope and see infinite possibilities, you may want to join the likes of microbiologist and NSTF-BHP Billiton Award winner Dr Marieka Gryzenhout.

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