Micropalaeontology & Environmental Change – a public talk in Pietermaritzberg

Jun 30, 2015 No Comments by

On 8th July at 5.45pm, Dr Peter Frenzel will present a lecture entitled: “Marginal marine Ostracoda and Foraminifera as proxies for environmental change” at  the John Bews Lecture Theatre, Life Sciences Campus, Carbis Road, Pietermaritzburg. Abstract: Ostracods (seed shrimps) and foraminifers (testate amoebians) are amongst the most versatile tools of micropalaeontology. Both groups possess easily fossilisable hard parts and are […]

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Scanned SA Dinosaur eggs reveal remarkable findings

Jun 29, 2015 No Comments by

In the late winter of 1976, the world famous fossil collector James Kitching was doing a survey near South Africa’s border with Lesotho. To his surprise he found a tiny clutch of six fossilised eggs along the side of the road at a place known as Rooidraai. It took five years for skilled palaentologists to remove […]

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Order of Luthuli (Silver) for Bill Frankel, OBE and Hon. RSSAf Fellow

Jun 08, 2015 No Comments by

Bill Frankel, OBE, Honorary RSSAf Fellow and sponsor of numerous RSSAf events has been awarded the Order of Luthuli (Silver) by the South African government. This national order recognises his anti-apartheid activities, with particular reference to his involvement with Canon Collins’ International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa (IDAF). Frankel was responsible for overseeing […]

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Congratulations to all NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards finalists : 2014/15

May 27, 2015 No Comments by

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards, hosted in partnership with BHP Billiton since 2011, is the flagship project of the largest and most represented multi-stakeholder non-profit forum in South Africa promoting science and technology through collaborative effort.   For the full list go to : Finalists The Royal Society of SA congratulates all finalists […]

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RSSAf Fellow awarded UP’s highest honour

Apr 28, 2015 No Comments by

Professor Don Cowan, Director of both the Genomics Research Institute and the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, was awarded the University of Pretoria Chancellor’s Medal for Research, UP’s highest research honour.   The award was announced on the 24th April at a special gala occasion to pay tribute to academics that have shown exceptional achievement […]

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RSSAf Fellow Brenda Wingfield honoured

Apr 08, 2015 No Comments

Prof Brenda Wingfield, received the Christiaan Hendrik Persoon medal of the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology (SASPP) in January this year. The gold medal is the highest award allocated by the SASPP and it is only the sixth time that the award has been made in 53 years. Wingfield is also the first female member […]

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Talks coming up in Cape Town in 2015

Feb 27, 2015 No Comments

August 19th – Prof. Romeel Dave, SARChI research chair in multi-wavelength astronomy, based at UWC but also with SAAO and AIMS on ‘Computing the Universe’ September 16th – Dr Sean Kaliski, Principal Specialist at Valkenberg Hospital – on “Crime, heredity, genetics & environment” All talks are free and held at 5pm at the South African […]

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