Conservation Ecology
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Research Day
At the end of the first semester the Department holds a research day consisting of short student seminars on their research project. The ConsEnt research day will be in late May of each year . The research day is intended to provide a conference-style atmosphere where students receive helpful, constructive feedback and criticism from colleagues in the Department.

All postdocs, PhD students in their 2nd and
3rd years and MSc students in their 2nd years will have an opportunity to present. Departmental
academic staff and postgraduate students are expected to attend, while attendance is also open to undergraduate students and researchers from outside the Department. Postgraduate students and supervisors/co-supervisors are expected to schedule other commitments so they are available on these days.  Dr Francois Roets is coordinating the event.

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Post-doc representative:

  1. Dr Lize van der Merwe

Post-graduate representatives:

    1. Ms Deidré Odendaal (PhD)
    2. Ms Saskia Thomas (MSc)

Head tutor:

    1. Mr Brent Abrahams

Cake Meetings

C.A.K.E. MEETINGS: "Conversations About Knowledge and the Environment" meetings are focused on matters of professional development beyond simply doing research. These meetings are not compulsory, but students are encouraged to attend. They are organised by the Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Post-Graduate Co-ordinator and/or the Post-Doc, PhD or Masters Representatives. The C.A.K.E. coordinator, Saskia von Diest (, please contact her if  you wish to propose a topic or wish to run a meeting.