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SU researchers compete for National Science Awards
Author: Corporate Communication & Marketing / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie & Bemarking [Alec Basson]
Published: 26/05/2022

​​​​Five eminent researchers from Stellenbosch University will represent the institution at the annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)/South32Awards. They will be competing as finalists for the 2021/2022 NSTF/South32 Awards at South Africa's “Science Oscars" on Thursday 21 July 2022.

The NSTF Awards Gala Event will take place as a hybrid event to be broadcast from two cities – Johannesburg and Cape Town. This means the usual Gala Dinner will be reintroduced with the addition of a celebration in Cape Town and broadcasting from both cities to an online audience via the NSTF YouTube channel. The patron of the Awards, the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, has been invited to preside over the presentation of the awards.

Regarded as the most sought-after national accolades of their kind in the country, the NSTF/South32 Awards recognise, celebrate and reward the outstanding contributions of individuals, teams and organisations to science, engineering and technology (SET) 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.

The SU finalists (with department or environment) and the categories in which they will compete are as follows:

Lifetime award

  • Profs Gerhard Walzl (Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Department of Biomedical Sciences) & Guy Midgley (Department of Botany and Zoology/School for Climate Studies). Midgley is also a finalist in the Green Economy Award category.

Communication Award

  • Prof Nox Makunga (Department of Botany and Zoology)

TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Emerging Researcher

  • Dr Wynand Goosen (Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Department of Biomedical Sciences)

Engineering Research Capacity Development and Special Annual Theme Awards

  • Prof Oluwole Makinde (Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Military Science)

Photo: Profs Gerhard Walzl, Oluwole Makinde, Guy Midgley, Nox Makunga, and Dr Wynand Goosen.