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Stellenbosch University Research, Innovation & Postgraduate Studies
Division for Research Development (DRD) Newsletter
September 2017
Featured in Reasearch at Stellenbosch University 2016
Research publication highlights SU’s contribution to global sustainable development goals
The rapid detection of honey fraud; the role of women in the military; the link between heart disease and mental health; career development for township youth; the use of dragonflies to monitor the health of water sources; and ways in which technology and games can save education.

These are just some of the interesting topics being highlighted in the latest edition of Research at Stellenbosch University launched officially on Monday (14 August 2017) by the Division for Research Development at Stellenbosch University (SU). Read more
Rector congratulates researchers

“Well done to all of you. I'm very proud of you and it's a pleasure to work with all of you. It is a particular source of pride for me that our researchers are so productive."

With these words, the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University (SU) Prof Wim de Villiers on Thursday (31 August 2017) congratulated a large number of SU researchers who received new ratings from the National Research Foundation (NRF) in 2017. They were rated for research excellence in their respective fields. Read more

Prof Resia Pretorius wins national award
One of Stellenbosch University's top researchers, Prof Resia Pretorius of the Department of Physiological Sciences, was honoured with the Department of Science and Technology (DST)'s Women in Science Award on Thursday (17 August 2017).

Pretorius finished second in the category: Distinguished Women Scientist in Natural Sciences and Engineering. 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
SU Knowledge Directory – new functionalities available

The aim of the SU Knowledge Directory is to make information about the expertise of our researchers more accessible by means of a web console which will feature on the SU website.

The value of this directory lies therein that: prospective postgraduate students will be able to identify possible supervisors; it will assist media liaison; potential national and international research collaborators and industry partners will be able to search the directory for SU experts; it has the potential to promote interdisciplinary networking amongst SU researchers; and in general, it has the potential to enhance the visibility of SU research strengths and individual research expertise.
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Notification to all Researchers:
The Research Administrator (RA) system is open for the capturing of the 2017-research publication outputs. The closing date for this submission is Monday, 29 January 2018. The RA system will be closed after this date and no further information can be captured after this date.
Enquiries can be directed to your departmental representative or contact Ms Daléne Pieterse, tel.: 021 808 3557, e-mail: or Ms Felicia Mc Donald, tel.: 021 808 2581, e -mail:  at the Division for Research Development. 
How smart meters can save water in drought ridden Cape Town
The water crisis in South Africa’s Western Cape is cause for grave concern. Authorities are desperately trying to find new water sources, due to consumption not reducing to sustainable targets. Read more
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