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Stellenbosch University Research, Innovation & Postgraduate Studies
Division for Research Development (DRD) Newsletter
July 2017
Division for Research Development wins national awards
Stellenbosch University (SU)'s Division for Research Development (DRD) won two national awards on Wednesday (24th May 2017) for its contribution towards research management in Southern Africa.
The DRD won the Organisational Award for Excellence in Research Management at the annual Department of Science and Technology (DST)/Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) Excellence in Research and Innovation Management Awards. The winners were announced at a gala event at the Safari Court Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia. Read more
Special topic: Axial flow fan development - Matimba Reference Fan installation

During October 2016, a 10-man team consisting of personnel from Notus Fan Engineering, Stellenbosch University and Kelvion Thermal Solutions made the 1,700 km trip from Stellenbosch to Matimba Power Station. Read more
Do you want to apply for an NRF Rating this year?
The evaluation and rating of individuals is based primarily on the quality of the research outputs in the recent past. “Recent”, in the context of the NRF evaluation and rating system, means outputs of the past eight years. The next round for NRF rating will open in September 2017 and refers to outputs between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2017. Read more
Prof Eugene Cloete wins national award

Prof Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector for Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies at Stellenbosch University (SU), received a National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)/South32 Award on Thursday (29 June 2017) for his outstanding contribution to research and innovation in South Africa. Read more
Major change at work can trigger loss and grief. Organisations must accept this - By Mias de Klerk

There is hardly an organisation in the world – big or small – that doesn’t have to adapt to changing circumstances. The pace of development in technology, the quick pace at which new rivals come on the scene, even the rapid turnover of leaders, all require shifts in the way things are done.Read more
Tapping into Africa's trillion-dollar blue economy
-By Francois Vreÿ

Over the past decade there's been a steady rise across Africa in the attention given to the responsible use of the oceans to contribute to economic growth -- or what's known as the Blue Economy.
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Update your research profile on the SU Knowledge Directory

We would like to encourage all our researchers to regularly update their research profiles on the SU Knowledge Directory. This tool was collaboratively developed by the Division for Research Development, Postgraduate and International Office and Information Technology. The aim is to make information about the expertise of our researchers more accessible by means of a web console which is featured on the SU website. Read more
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News from the Library and Information Service

Invitation: Library Research Week 
31 July – 4 August 2017


What to expect: 

The theme for Library Research Week 2017 is The Nuts and Bolts of Research. The aim of the event is to let experts in the field explain to emerging Stellenbosch University researchers and students the fundamentals of conceptualizing their research, collecting and analysing their data, and the value of sharing their research.

Some of the speakers are Prof Doug Rawlings, who will stimulate personal reflection on the identification of good research ideas (1 August), Dr Heidi Prozesky whose presentation will provide an overview of the range of research methods that can be employed to collect data from various sources (2 August) and Prof Martin Kidd, who will discuss the role of statistics in research (3 August). There will also be talks on Turnitin and the research analysis tools that are available to SU researchers (3 August).

The week will be concluded with a panel discussion led by Ms Wiida Fourie-Basson on how to communicate your research. Senior researchers and science communication specialists will share some of their most recent experiences. This includes writing popular media articles; participating in platforms such as Science Café Stellenbosch, FameLab and Pint of Science; how to communicate ground-breaking research achievements such as the recent penis transplant to an international audience; and lastly, what it entails to be regarded as a thought leader (4 August).

For the full programme and to register, please visit the Research Week website.

Enquiries: Naomi Visser tel: 021 808 4433