Four researchers from Stellenbosch University (SU) will compete as finalists at the annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)/South32 Awards. The winners will be announced on Thursday, 27 June at a gala event in Gauteng.
Regarded as South Africa's 'Science Oscars', the NSTF/South32 Awards recognise, celebrate and reward excellence and outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation by SET-related professionals and organisations in the country. Among the competitors are experienced scientists, engineers, innovators, science communicators, engineering capacity builders, organisational managers and leaders, as well as data and research managers.
According to the organisers, it is an extraordinary honour to be a finalist given the quality of the nominations received every year, the fierce competition that nominees face and growing interest from the SET community over the years.
The SU finalists (with department or environment) and the categories in which they have been nominated are as follows:
TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Researcher through research and its outputs (by an individual up to 15 years as a researcher, predominantly in South Africa):
- Prof Novel Njweipi Chegou (Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics)
TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Emerging Researcher through research and its outputs (by an individual up to six years in research, predominantly in South Africa):
- Dr Wynand J Goosen (Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics/Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research)
Data for Research Award: for advancing the availability, management and use of data for research (by an individual or an organisation):
- The Central Analytical Facility Team with Prof Anton du Plessis as team leader
Innovation Award: Corporate Organisation for innovations and their research and/or development (by a team or an individual over the last five to ten years):
- The Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG) with Prof Sybrand Johannes van der Spuy as team leader.