Alta Schutte

Alta Schutte is Professor of Physiology and the Director of the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART), at the Potchefstroom campus of the North-West University. The research focus of HART is the identification of early markers for the development of hypertension, and ultimately the prevention of cardiovascular disease in the black South African population. She obtained her PhD in 2002.

Andrea Fuller

Andrea Fuller is an Associate Professor in the School of Physiology and Director of the Brain Function Research Group at the University of the Witwatersrand. The main focus of her current research is the physiological capacity of large terrestrial mammals to cope with predicted effects of climate change.

Andrew McKechnie

Andrew McKechnie is a Professor in the Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, and a core team member of the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute. He obtained his PhD in 2002 from the University of Natal, before completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New Mexico.

Aldo Stroebel

Aldo Stroebel is Executive Director International Relations and Cooperation at the National Research Foundation, and Affiliated Associate Professor at the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, University of the Free State (UFS) focusing on smallholder livestock systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. He qualified with BSc and Honours degrees from the University of Pretoria, and a Masters from the University of Ghent, Belgium before researching for his PhD at UFS and Cornell University, USA.

Amanda Weltman

Amanda Weltman holds a PhD in Physics from Columbia University in New York. She has specialised in the fields of cosmology, string theory and theoretical physics and is well known for proposing the Chameleon particle that may explain the accelerated expansion of the universe. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town (UCT), she has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in Cambridge.

Marieka Gryzenhout

Marieka Gryzenhout is Senior Lecturer at the University of the Free State whose research entails detailed taxonomic studies of the Cryphonectriaceae, a family she described. Within this family, an additional eight new genera were described besides Cryphonectria and Endothia. These various fungi represent some of the most important fungal pathogens of forest trees in the world, including South Africa.

Bernard Slippers

Bernard Slippers is a Professor in Genetics at the University of Pretoria. He is a research leader of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme and DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI).

Erick Strauss

Erick Strauss is Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Stellenbosch University. He holds a PhD from Cornell University in the USA (obtained in 2003) and is regarded as a leading authority on the biosynthesis and enzymology of the essential metabolic cofactor, Coenzyme A. Currently his research interests focuses on targeting pathways dependent on this cofactor for antimicrobial drug design.

Bronwyn Myers

Bronwyn Myers is an Associate Professor and a Specialist Scientist in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council, where she heads up the Substance Abuse Treatment and Interventions Research sub-stream. This unit is a leading research unit for addictions in Africa.

Caradee Wright

Caradee Wright is a Senior Researcher in the Climate Studies, Modeling and Environmental Health Research Group at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. She specialises in public health with a particular emphasis on environmental health research. She obtained a PhD at the University of Otago in New Zealand, where she measured schoolchildren’s personal solar UV radiation exposure for skin cancer prevention.

Christine Lochner

Christine Lochner is Co-director of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit on Anxiety and Stress Disorders at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Stellenbosch. She is a qualified and practicing clinical psychologist, with clinical, genetics and brain imaging research on anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders a priority.

Regina Maphanga

Regina Maphanga is an Assocate Professor  at the Materials Modelling Centre, University of Limpopo and a Junior Associate at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Italy. She completed her PhD in Physics in 2005. Her research focuses on computational modelling of cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries for use in energy storage devices.

Lyndy McGaw

Lyndy McGaw is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Pretoria and is Deputy Leader of the Phytomedicine Programme. She obtained her PhD in 2002 at the University of Natal and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Pretoria, King’s College London and the University of Adelaide.  Her research focuses on biological activity and toxicity of plant extracts and compounds.

De Wet Swanepoel

De Wet Swanepoel is an Associate Professor and Clinical Research Audiologist at the Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria. He is also an adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and Senior Fellow at the Ear Science Institute Australia. His research and clinical interests span the field of early identification and diagnosis of hearing loss, objective measures of auditory functioning, and ear and hearing telehealth.

John Terblanche

John Terblanche is an Associate Professor in the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology at Stellenbosch University. His contributions to understanding insect responses to climate change and environmental adaptation have been substantial. His work has shown commitment to producing locally relevant knowledge with international importance, and has been aimed at improving the livelihoods of Africans on the continent.

Marietjie Venter

Marietjie Venter obtained a PhD(Medical Virology) at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2003. From 2005-2012 she established a research programme at the University of Pretoria on respiratory and vectorborne oonotic viruses and holds a joint appointment since 2009 as Associate Professor, Zoonosis Research Unit, Medical Virology, UP and Co-director of the Centre for Respiratory Diseases and Meningitis, NICD.

Fulufhelo Nelwamondo

Fulufhelo Nelwamondo is currently a Principal Researcher and Manager for Information Security Area of Competence, which resides within the Modelling and Digital Science Unit of the CSIR. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Johannesburg, where he supervises a number of Masters and PhD Engineering students.

Genevieve Langdon

Genevieve Langdon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town and is a member of the Blast Impact and Survivability Research Unit. She obtained her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Liverpool in 2003.

Jeff Murugan

Jeff Murugan studied for a PhD jointly at Oxford University as a Lindbury Fellow and UCT before embarking on postdoctoral work at Brown University in the USA. He is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics & Applied Mathematics and Deputy Director of the Astrophysics, Cosmology & Gravity Center and Head of the Laboratory for Quantum Gravity & Strings at the University of Cape Town. His research expertise is in the area of string theory, quantum gravity and emergent phenomena.

Jerome Amir Singh

Jerome Amir Singh is Head of Ethics and Law at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Durban. He is also adjunct Professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto, Canada. His focus areas include global health governance, research ethics, human rights, and international humanitarian law.

Mathieu Rouget

Mathieu Rouget is a Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the holder of the SARChI Chair in Land Use Planning and Management. His research focuses on the interface between biodiversity conservation and human activities on issues such as alien plant invasions, climate change, effective conservation planning and implementation, and ecosystem services.

Mpfariseni Budeli

Mpfariseni Budeli completed a PhD in Commercial Law at the University of Cape Town. She is a Professor in the Department of Mercantile Law at UNISA. She is also a Visiting Professor for Labour Law at the University of Lusaka, Zambia and the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.  In 2012 she was awarded a Y2 (Young Promising researcher) rating by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

Louis Kotzé

Louis Kotzé is Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of the North-West University where he directs the postgraduate LLM Programme in Environmental Law and Governance. He is the author, co-author, and co-editor of various publications on themes related to South African, regional and international environmental law.

Penny Moore

Penny Moore is a Senior Scientist at the AIDS Research Unit, National Institute for Communicable Diseases of the National Health Laboratory Services. She holds a joint appointment as Senior Researcher in the School of Pathology, University of the Witwatersrand. She obtained her PhD in 2003 from the University of London working on the hepatitis B virus.

Patience Mthunzi

Patience Mthunzi holds a PhD in Physics (Biophotonics – Optical Tweezers Area) from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. She started employment with the National Laser Centre (NLC) in the Council for Scientifi c and Industrial Research (CSIR) in the Biophotonics Group in October 2004.

Shadreck Chirikure

Shadreck Chirikure obtained a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town. He has authored and co-authored several papers in leading international journals.

Anél du Plessis

Anél du Plessis is Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, North-West University. She has lectured and published in the fields of human rights, constitutional law, local government law and environmental law and sustainability governance since 2005 and is heading a research project entitled: Local Government and Environmental Rights.

Voster Muchenje

Voster Muchenje holds a PhD (Animal Science). He is an NRF Y2- rated scientist. He is a professor of animal science and Head of the Department of Livestock and Pasture Science, University of Fort Hare. He is also the co-chair of the NRF SARChI Chair in Meat Science. He is a recipient of the South African Society for Animal Science President's Award.

Yahya Choonara

Yahya Choonara is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology at Wits University (South Africa). He is a Young Affiliate to The World Academy of Science (TWAS) and a winner at the SA BHP-Billiton National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards. As Research-Manager of the Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform-(, he prototypes commercializable drug delivery technologies and has authored over 85 publications in ISI-accredited journals and a co-inventor of over 30 PCT quality patents.

Mokhotjwa (Simon) Dhlamini

Mokhotjwa (Simon) Dhlamini is an Associate Professor in the department of Physics at UNISA. He obtained his PhD from the University of the Free State. His current research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of nanophosphors. He is an NRF Y2-rated scientist and is currently a Visiting Professor at the National Centre for Nano-Structured Materials (NCNSM) of the CSIR.

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