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The National Research Foundation (NRF) honoured a number of South Africa’s prolific scientists in Cape Town on Thursday, 1 September, in a ceremony celebrating the ‘International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development’.
Viewed as the benchmark for research excellence, the annual NRF Awards recognise individual academics and teams for their recent outstanding scientific achievements. Their internationally competitive work is assessed for, among other things, the contribution to the field of study focusing on quality and impact on society.
Delivering the keynote address, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Buti Manamela, said it was encouraging that a significant number of black researchers and women were among the award recipients. He paid homage to all the awardees for their ground-breaking research findings.
“A special congratulation to all of you for your well-deserved awards and for breaking through the veil that concealed new knowledge from all of us,” said Manamela. “It is also quite pleasing to see that the recipients are an eye of the demographics of our society. Of course, as noted in the report of the National Research Foundation, a lot more needs to be done. Not only by you (as the NRF) but by all of us, institutions of higher learning particularly universities and universities of technology, in order for us to see more and more black and women researchers being recipients of awards.”
Mr Manamela added that scientists were important to society. “While it may seem self-explanatory, I believe that we must always ask the question: why do countries train scientists and researchers? Countries essentially train scientists and researchers with the expectation that, through their specialised knowledge, they would lead humanity in the search for solutions to the day-to-day problems of human existence.”
Chairperson of the NRF Board, Dr Nompumelelo Obokoh, said the awards were important because they recognised a cohort of scientists who contributed to the accomplishment of the NRF’s objectives.
“The NRF is making headway in its mission to advance knowledge, to transform lives and to inspire a nation. We’re proud, therefore, as the NRF, to exist within such an illustrious community of scientists with ambitious post-graduate students and leading researchers who, through their excellence and impact of their work, help us to achieve what we set out to do. One has to acknowledge that there is much that needs to be accomplished in the science and innovation landscape. It is reflective moments like tonight that remind us of how far we have come, not only as NRF as an organisation, but as a country and also as a continent.”
In his closing remarks, NRF Chief Executive Officer Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, said the outstanding output of the awardees indicated that South Africa saw a return on its investment in science. He said, “As the NRF we invest in knowledge generation that will lead to innovation. I’m using the word invest on the basis that there must be a return on investment.
“As we invest, we’re guided by our mandate. Our mandate includes the advancement of excellence in research in South Africa; it includes the support and development of the necessary human and infrastructural capacity; it includes leading and managing key national facilities; addressing the relationship between science and society and the promotion of a national science system.
It is thus very important for us to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions that were made by the shining stars of our country’s scientific cohort, researchers, and institutions alike who have committed themselves to scientific excellence that explores uncharted territories to create a more socially conscious and sustainable future for all members of our society.”
The awards are presented across two categories – NRF ratings-based Awards and Special Awards.
The Special Awards recipients
The P-Ratings, which are awarded to researchers who, based on exceptional potential demonstrated in research performance and output during doctoral and/or early post-doctoral careers, are considered likely to become future international leaders in their respective fields.
They were awarded to the following recipients:
Associate Professor Jessica Auerbach Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town
Professor Thulani Makhalanyane Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria (2019 Award)
The A-Ratings are awarded to researchers who are unequivocally acknowledged by their peers as leading international scholars in their respective fields for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs. The assessment of the quality and impact of researchers is done through the NRF rating system which is based on peer review. Acquiring an NRF rating generates considerable acknowledgement and respect for the individual researchers as well as their institutions.
The A-rated awardees were as follows:
Professor Jean M-S Lubuma; Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Pretoria
1st A-Rating (2019 Award)
Professor Christopher Ballantine: School of Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Professor Linda-Gail Bekker Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town
Professor Johan Cilliers Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Stellenbosch University
Professor Timothy Egan Department of Chemistry, University of Cape Town
1st A-Rating (posthumous award)
Professor Jenny M. Hoobler Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of Pretoria Nova School of Business and Economics
Professor Victor Houliston School of Literature and Language Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
Professor David J. N. Limebeer Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science, University of Johannesburg
Professor Thomas Meyer Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town
Professor Frederick Johan Raal Department of Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand
Professor Oleg Smirnov Department of Physics & Electronics, Rhodes University
Professor De Wet Swanepoel Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria
Professor Leslie Swartz Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University
Professor Dirk Van Zyl Smit Department of Public Law University of Cape Town
Professor Robin Warren Centre for Tuberculosis Research, Stellenbosch University
Professor Andre Weideman Department of Mathematical Sciences (Applied Mathematics), Stellenbosch University
Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town
Professor Mark Fredric Cotton Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Stellenbosch University
Professor Jonathan David Jansen Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University
Professor Florian Luca School of Mathematics, University of the Witwatersrand
Professor Lenore Manderson School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand
Professor Lynn Morris Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation, University of the Witwatersrand
Professor Gerald Nurick Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cape Town
Professor Willem Visser Department of Computer Science Stellenbosch, University
Professor Nigel C Bennett Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria
Professor Pedro Crous Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria
Professor Valerie Mizrahi Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town
Professor Len Barbour Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science, Stellenbosch University
Professor David Chidester Department of Religious Studies, University of Cape Town
Professor Norman Owen-Smith School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences University of the Witwatersrand
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