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Training & Events

​​Training Initiative: 24-28 June 2019

The Central Analytical Facilities (CAF) at Stellenbosch University is in a unique position to provide high quality, hands-on training on the use and functioning of a range of high-end analytical equipment not readily available at all universities in South Africa.

Applications are CLOSED

The online application process was open from 11 April 2019 up to and including 6 May 2019.

The training is aimed at providing participants with

  • exposure to equipment to reinforce theoretical principles and
  • develop the necessary practical skills.
  • In most cases data interpretation will also be covered.

The training is aimed at

  • postgraduate students (MSc, PhD)
  • researchers,
  • university and industry technical staff

Places are limited as most workshops can only accommodate 7-10 participants due to space constraints in the laboratories for hands-on exposure to equipment. Preference will be given to applicants who can motivate that their participation will directly benefit their own research or the research of others. A maximum of 2 workshops will be allowed per participant, provided that these do not clash. Certificates of participation will be issued at the end of the workshop.


2019 Workshops:

Introduction to U-(Th)-Pb Geochronology by LA ICP-MS

by Dr Laura Bracciali (1 day)

Practical XRF Spectrometry

by Mrs Mareli Moolman (1 day)

​Solution ICP-MS in Environmental analysis of major and trace elements

by Mrs Riana Rossouw (1 day)

​​Introduction to Hyperspectral imaging and chemometrics

by Dr Janine Colling (2 days)

Nucleic Acid Preparation, QC and Library building for Next Generation Sequencing

by Ms A Vorster and Mr CJ van Heerden (4 days)

​Cell Sorting on the BD FACS Melody

by Mrs Lize Engelbrechy (1 day)

Super-resolution Microscopy: SR SIM and PALM/STORM

by Mrs Lize Engelbrecht  (1 day)

​Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy

by Mrs Lize Engelbrecht and Prof Lydia-Marie Joubert (1 day)

Biological Electron Microscopy: Basic Principles and Advanced Applications

by prof. Lydia-Marie Joubert (1 day)

Introduction to Analytical Electron Microscopy

by Prof Lydia-Marie Joubert and Ms Madelaine Frazenburg

Solution State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy        

by Dr Jaco Brand (1 day)

Introduction to X-ray Micro- and Nano-CT                     

by Ms Muofhe Tshibalanganda (1 day)

​Noraxon mobile neuromechanical analysis (kinematics, kinetics and EMG)

by Dr John Cockcroft, Ms Tamsin Purkis, Ms Cara Mills and Dr Lara Grobler (2 days)

​Vicon neuromechanical analysis (kinematics, kinetics and EMG)

by Dr John Cockcroft, Ms Tamsin Purkis, Ms Cara Mills and Dr Lara Grobler (2 days)

​Mass Spectrometry of Small Molecules: LC-MS     

by Mr Erick van Schalkwyk and Mr Malcolm Taylor (1 day)

​​Mass Spectrometry of Small Molecules: GC-MS       

by Mr Lucky Mokwena and Mr William Arries (3 days)

​Mass Spectrometry Based Proteomics                                       

by Dr Maré Vlok (3 days)

Application process and cost of participation

  • The online application process will be open from 11 April 2019 up to and including 6 May 2019.
  • All researchers, postgraduate students and university and industry technical staff may apply.
  • Participants may apply for a maximum of 2 workshops, provided these do not clash in terms of scheduling. In the event of a conflict the first workshop will be selected.
  • The training is free to staff and students at South African universities.
  • Participants from industry will be charged R5000 per workshop.
  • Participants must make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
  • Travel, accommodation and meal expenses are for the participant’s or their institution’s     own cost.
  • The successful candidates will be notified by e-mail no later than 22 May 2019.
  • Contact for more information.

We look forward to your participation!