The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance.
~ Albert Einstein
A diverse group of scientists and practitioners from Africa and other continents united under the banner of a common interest in mountain socio-ecological systems at the inaugural Southern African Mountain Conference.
The SKA property and neighbouring farmland can serve as a large-scale, long-term landscape-level experiment – manipulating stocking rate, animal type, animal distribution and direct vegetation management.
NRF-SAEON was involved in a publication with Princeton University that came to ground-breaking conclusions about how fynbos might keep out competing vegetation types by starving them.
Researchers from the Elwandle Node are setting up experiments and collecting data in estuarine systems to critically evaluate the hypothesis that microplastics transfer metal pollutants to aquatic animals.
Researchers from the Ndlovu Node and the Czech Republic showed independently how the freshwater systems of a protected area like the Kruger National Park are critical for conserving bird diversity.
As Chair, SA intends to further academic cooperation in the region and facilitate better science-to-policy engagement – to leverage the IORA platform for interaction between academia and government officials.
Two Egagasini Node team members boarded a commercial trawling vessel to collect data for NRF-SAEON’s bi-annual invertebrate monitoring survey. The samples collected will contribute to the SeaMap project.
Prof Juliet Hermes, Dr Jennifer Veitch and Dr Shaun Deyzel report on a meeting aimed at finding synergies between the National Research Foundation’s marine and freshwater facilities and its infrastructure programmes.
Dr Mary-Jane Bopape is a seasoned scientist with an impressive record of accolades. An atmospheric modelling specialist, she has worked across a range of timescales including climate change projections.
As part of its capacity building initiatives, the Graduate Student Network held a virtual two-day workshop on public engagement with attendees from various academic institutions across South Africa.
SAEON student Amukelani Maluleke is currently based at the Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Germany through a DAAD scholarship for further training on the eddy covariance method.
The Elwandle Node’s science engagement team took the grade 11 learners to Schoenmakerskop to expose them to what scientists do when they are out in the field. The excited learners and educators left with new knowledge derived from hands-on scientific inquiry.
The Mabasa Traditional Council not only granted permission for the first EFTEON automatic weather station to be placed in the Mabasa Tribal Court grounds, but also invited NRF-SAEON to assist in arranging their World Wetlands Day celebrations.
NRF-SAEON’s people and projects received coverage in local and national print, online and social media.
~ Albert Einstein