On 29 June 2017, the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) held their annual award ceremony. One DST-NRF Centres of Excellence (CoE) director; two South African Research Chair (SARChI) holders; and one Centre of Excellence were recognised for their contributions in their respective fields.
Award: Contribution over a Lifetime
Prof Nicolas Beukes
Director, DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA), Department of Geology, University of Johannesburg (UJ).
Award: TW Kambule-NSTF
Prof Aletta Schutte
Unit Director: Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease, South African Medical Research Council; and DST-NRF (SARChI) Chair: Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Africa; and Professor in Physiology, Hypertension in Africa Research Team, North-West University (NWU)
Award: Capacity Development
Prof Colleen Thelma Downs
Professor and SARChI Chair: Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) - Research capacity development other than Engineering
DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials (CoE-SM) team, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Prof. Lesley Cornish
Prof. Lesley Cornish (Team Leader), Professor, Physical Metallurgy, and Director, DST-NRF CoE-SM, and Director: African Materials Science and Engineering Network; Prof. Alex Quandt, Professor of Physics; Prof. Deena Naidoo, Professor in Physics; and Mr Casey Sparkes, Operations Manager
To view the full list of awardees, visit the NSTF’s website here.