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“I am particularly humbled by the overwhelming support that I have received within the university community” – Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng on her appointment as UCT’s new VC.

Top spot for Phakeng

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, currently the deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation at UCT, has been appointed by Council as the new vice-chancellor of the university with effect from 1 July 2018. Professor Phakeng will take over from Dr Max Price, who has held the position since 2008.

The UCT Council congratulated Professor Phakeng on reaching this milestone in her career.

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NRF/STINT Researchers’ Launching Workshop, 13-14 March 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT), had a 2-day kick-off and launching workshop for the 2018 jointly funded projects under the Swedish/South Africa Science and Technology Cooperation. The workshop took place on 13-14 March 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. The objectives of the workshop were to:

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From left: The Minister, Director-General and Dr Paterson discuss the National Fish Collection with Senior Curation Officer, Nkosinathi Mazungula (Photo: Steven Lang)

Minister Visits SAIAB at SciFest Africa

A very special space evolves each year at NRF-SAIAB's pop-up science centre, Water World, at Scifest Africa. 2018 was made extra special as we had the honour this year to be visited by the newly appointed Minister of the Department of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, and the Director-General, Dr Phil Mjwara, on Friday afternoon.

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Fellowships offered by L’Oréal Foundation

The L’Oréal Foundation is launching the 9th edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science in Sub-Saharan Africa. A total of 14 fellowships are available – 12 for PhD students and two for postdoctoral researchers. Follow this link to learn more or apply.

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