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Finalists announced: 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards   #NSTFawards2019


Written by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 31 May 2019 15:45

 

Finalists announced:

2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards

Recognising excellence and outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology and innovation in South Africa   #NSTFawards2019


The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is pleased to announce the group of finalists contending for the prestigious NSTF-South32 Awards. This is the 21st  year of the annual NSTF-South32 Awards.
 
The NSTF-South32 Awards: The NSTF Awards were established in 1998 as a collaborative effort to recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation by SET-related professionals and organisations in South Africa. This includes experienced scientists, engineers, innovators, science communicators, engineering capacity builders, and organisational managers/leaders, as well as data and research managers.
 
Our partner: South32 is a mining company that de-merged from BHP Billiton in 2016. It took over the co-branding sponsorship agreement for the annual NSTF Awards.
 
The ‘Science Oscars’: The NSTF-South32 Awards are referred to as the ‘Science Oscars’ of South Africa. They are the largest, most comprehensive, and most sought-after national awards of their kind in the country. They were also the first science awards in South Africa.

 
   

 

NSTF-South32 Awards’ theme: The theme for the 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards is the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. This is in recognition of the 2019 International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019) as declared by the United Nations (UN). The 21st annual Awards Gala Dinner will celebrate this theme on 27 June 2019.

 

 


There are a few changes to categories and criteria this year.

  1. Special Annual Theme Award: The NSTF is making a special theme award this year for a contribution to SET and innovation for Materials for inclusive economic development. This is in recognition of the UN celebration of the IYPT2019. The theme provides a focus on research in materials science and the development of materials to support relevant aspects of economic development in South Africa. 
  2. Communication award: This award for outreach and awareness of SET and innovation within the last 5 years also considered nominations for professional science communicators working in the field.
  3. New partners: The NSTF welcomes two new category partners this year.  The Lewis Foundation is the sponsor for the Green Economy Award. The National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO) is the sponsor for the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) award under the Innovation Awards.  The NIPMO sponsorship includes prize money for the Innovation Award: SMME winner.
 

 


A transformed country where SET and innovation contribute to a high quality of life for all who live in South Africa, where the profile of SET professionals is representative of the nation’s diverse population and where the education system is effective, particularly in terms of performance in SET subjects and the promotion of innovation.
 
Realising the vision: The NSTF-South32 Awards is the NSTF’s flagship event and one among other strategic activities through which the NSTF realises this vision. Partnerships for specific awards (such as that with Eskom, Lewis Foundation, NIPMO and the Water Research Commission) recognise contributions that have the potential to make a positive impact on South Africa, and on the world.


It is an extraordinary honour to be an Award finalist; also given the quality of the nominations received, the fierce competition that nominees face, and continued growing interest from the community every year.
 
Join the NSTF membership and pioneering partners/sponsors in applauding the 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards finalists. These comprise individuals, teams and organisations, as applicable, who have made an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation in South Africa under the categories below:

  • Listed alphabetically according to surname of nominee or name of team/organisation under each category
 

 

Lifetime Award

(by an individual up to 15 years or more)

  • Prof Jill Adler – Department (Dept) of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair: Mathematics Education, School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
  • Prof John Bolton – Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scholar, Dept of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Prof Robin Crewe – Senior Research Fellow: Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria (UP) and also in the Management category
  • Prof Wilhelm Bouwer du Preez – Director: Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Research Centre; Associate Professor: Central University of Technology, Free State and also in the Special Annual Theme category
  • Prof Mary (Mairam) Gulumian – (2018-present) Head: Toxicology Research Projects, National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH); (1980-2017) Head: Toxicology section, NIOH; Professor: Haematology and Molecular Medicine, Wits
  • Prof Bavesh Davandra Kana – Professor: Research and Teaching; Co- Director: DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research; Research Associate: Centre for AIDS Prevention Research in South Africa, Wits and also in the Corporate Innovation category
  • Prof Alison Lewis – Dean: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, UCT and also in the Engineering Research Capacity Development and Special Annual Theme categories
  • Prof Valerie Mizrahi – Director: Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine; Professor: Dept of Pathology; Director: South African Medical Research Council / National Health Laboratory Service / UCT Molecular Mycobacteriology Research Unit; Co-Director: DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Research, UCT
  • Prof Kenneth Ozoemena – Professor: Materials for Energy and Electrochemistry, School of Chemistry, Wits and also in the Special Annual Theme category
  • Prof Beric Skews – Director: Flow Research Unit, School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering, Wits
  • Prof Xiaohua Xia – Professor: Dept of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, UP

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researcher

through research and its outputs
(by and individual from 6 years up to 15 years of research work from the commencement of the research career, predominantly in South Africa)

  • Prof Novel Njweipi Chegou – Associate Professor: Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Department (Dept) of Biomedical Sciences, Stellenbosch University
  • Prof Serena Coetzee – Professor: Head of Geography Dept, Geo-informatics and Meteorology; Director: Centre for Geo-Information Science, University of Pretoria (UP)
  • Dr Thomas Ebenhan – Research Fellow: Nuclear Medicine; Acting Manager: NuMeRI, Pre-clinical Imaging Facility, UP
  • Prof Andre Ganswindt – Professor and Director: Mammal Research Institute, Dept of Zoology and Entomology, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, UP
  • Prof Vishnu Jejjala – Dept of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) Chair: Theoretical Particle Cosmology; Professor: Physics, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
  • Prof Tandi Matsha – DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Cardiometabolic Health, Dept of Biomedical Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and also in the Data for Research category
  • Prof Mervin Meyer – Professor: Biotechnology; Director: DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre – Biolabels Research Node, Dept of Biotechnology, University of the Western Cape (UWC) and also in the Management category
  • Prof Ntobeko Ayanda Ntusi – Professor: Medicine; Chair and Head: Dept of Medicine, University of Cape Town (UCT) and Groote Schuur Hospital; Principal Investigator: Cape Universities Body Imaging Centre, UCT; Editor-in-Chief: South African Heart Journal; Principal Investigator: Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa
  • Prof Marla Trindade – Professor: Dept of Biotechnology; Director: Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics; DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Microbial Genomics, UWC
  • Prof Lindiwe Innocentia Zungu – Executive Dean: Graduate Studies, University of South Africa and also in the Special Annual Theme category

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researcher

through research and its outputs
(by an individual up to 6 years of research work from the commencement of the research career, predominantly in South Africa)

Prize sponsor: proSET (Professionals in SET), a sector of the NSTF representing professional bodies and learned societies

  • Dr Mahabubur Rahman Chowdhury – Senior Lecturer: Department (Dept) of Chemical Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
  • Dr Jennifer Fitchett – Senior Lecturer: Physical Geography, School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Prof Elvis Fosso-Kankeu – Associate Professor: School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, North-West University and also in the NSTF-Water Research 
  • Commission (WRC), and Engineering Research Capacity Development categories
  • Dr Wynand J Goosen – Post-doctoral Research Fellow: Dept of Science and Technology /National Research Foundation  Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Dept of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University
  • Dr Mardé Helbig – Senior lecturer: Computer Science Dept, University of Pretoria(UP)
  • Dr Vhahangwele Masindi – Research Scientist: Magalies Water; Principal Researcher; Council for Scientific and Industrial Research ; Research Fellow: University of South Africa; Part-time Lecturer: University of Venda and also in the Corporate Innovation, and NSTF-WRC categories
  • Prof Eshchar Mizrachi – Associate Professor: Dept of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology, and Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, UP 
  • Dr Bohani Mtileni – Senior Lecturer: Dept of Animal Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Dr Hlumani Ndlovu – Lecturer: Division of Chemical and Systems Biology, Dept of Integrative Biomedical Sciences, University of Cape Town
  • Prof Izak van Zyl – Associate Professor: Transdisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Informatics and Design, CPUT

Management Award

through management and related SET and innovation activities

(by an individual over the last 5 to 10 years)

  • Prof Robin Crewe – Senior Research Fellow: Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria  and also in the Lifetime category
  • Prof Mervin Meyer – Professor: Biotechnology; Director: Department (Dept) of Science and Technology (DST)/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre – Biolabels Research Node, Dept of Biotechnology, University of the Western Cape and also in the Researcher category
  • Prof Mammo Muchie – Research Professor: DST/National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative Chair (Tier1): Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Dr Happy Marumo Sithole – Director: Centre for High Performance Computing, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and also in the Data for Research category

Engineering Research Capacity Development Award

(by an individual over the last 5 to 10 years)

Sponsored by Eskom since 2003

  • Prof Elvis Fosso-Kankeu – Associate Professor: School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, North-West University and also in the NSTF-Water Research Commission, and Emerging Researcher categories
  • Prof Alison Lewis – Dean: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Cape Town (UCT) and also in the Lifetime and Special Annual Theme categories 
  • Prof Eric Wilhelmus Josephus van Steen – Department (Dept) of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chair Initiative Chair: Reaction Engineering, UCT
  • Dr Abimbola Olukemi Windapo – Associate Professor: Dept of Construction Economics and Management, UCT and also in the Special Annual Theme category

NSTF-Lewis Foundation Green Economy Award

through research and innovation in South Africa towards achieving biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy
(by an individual or an organisation over the last 5 to 10 years)

Sponsored by The Lewis Foundation since 2019

  • Prof Elizelle Juaneé Cilliers – Professor and Chairperson: Urban and Regional Planning, North-West University and also in the Communication category
  • Process, Energy & Environmental Technology Station (UJ-PEETS) – Technology Station Manager: Ms Nicoleen Janse van Rensburg, University of Johannesburg
  • Dr Dyllon Garth Randall – Senior Lecturer: Department of Civil Engineering, University of Cape Town (UCT) and also in the Communication category
  • Prof Martine Visser – Director: Environmental Policy Research Unit; Professor: Economics, School of Economics; Research Chair: African Climate Development Initiative, UCT and also in the NSTF-Water Research Commission category.

NSTF-Water Research Commission (WRC) Award

towards achieving sustainable water management, knowledge generation and solutions
(by an individual or an organisation over the last 5 to 10 years)

Sponsored by the WRC since 2017

  • Prof Elvis Fosso-Kankeu – Associate Professor: School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, North-West University and also in the Emerging Researcher, and the Engineering Research Capacity Development categories
  • Dr Vhahangwele Masindi – Research Scientist: Magalies Water; Principal Researcher: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research; Research Fellow: University of South Africa; Part-time Lecturer: University of Venda and also in the Corporate Innovation, and Emerging Researcher categories
  • Prof Martine Visser – Director: Environmental Policy Research Unit; Professor: Economics, School of Economics; Research Chair: African Climate Development Initiative, UCT and also in the NSTF-Lewis Foundation Green Economy category

Data for Research Award

for advancing the availability, management and use of data for research
(by an individual or an organisation)

  • Mr Abraham Jacobus Herbst – Director: Department of Science and Technology (DST)/South African Medical Research Council South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN); Chief Information Officer and Faculty Member: Africa Health Research Institute
  • Prof Tandi Matsha – DST/National Research Foundation South African Research Chair Initiative Chair: Cardiometabolic Health, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and also in the Researcher category
  • Dr Happy Marumo Sithole – Director: Centre for High Performance Computing, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and also in the Management category
  • Stellenbosch CT facility Team – Team leader: Prof Anton du Plessis, Stellenbosch University 

Innovation Awards: Corporate Organisation

for innovations and their research and/or development
(by a team or an individual over the last 5 to 10 years)

Prize sponsor: SA Innovation Summit

  • Africa Space Innovation Centre (ASIC) – Director: Prof Robert van Zyl, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Unit, Central University of Technology, Free State – Director and Team Leader: Mr Gerrie Booysen
  • Forensic DNA Laboratory (FDL) team – Professor and Team Leader: Prof Maria Eugenia D’Amato; Professor: Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of the Western Cape.
  • Prof Bavesh Davandra Kana – Personal Professor; Co-Director: Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits); Research Associate: Centre for AIDS Prevention Research in South Africa; Research Fellow: Stellenbosch University (SU) and also in the Lifetime category
  • Marian Island Marine Mammal Programme – Team Leader: Prof Nico de Bruyn, Associate Professor, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria
  • Dr Vhahangwele Masindi – Research Scientist: Magalies Water; Principal Researcher: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); Research Fellow: University of South Africa; Part-time Lecturer: University of Venda and also in the Emerging Researcher, and NSTF-Water Research Commission categories
  • Prof Alexander Quandt – Acting Chair: Materials for Energy Research Group; Focus Area Co-ordinator: Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, Wits and also in the Special Annual Theme category
  • Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG) – Team Leader: Prof Sybrand Johannes van der Spuy, Associate Professor and Solar Thermal Spoke grant holder, SU
  • South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) Science Processing Team – Manager: Mr Khutso Ngoasheng
  • The Smart Spectrum Sharing Team – Team Leader and Chief Research Scientist: Dr Fisseha Mekuria, CSIR

Innovation Awards: Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME)

for innovations and their research and/or development
(by a team or an individual over the last 5 to 10 years)

Sponsored by the National Intellectual Property Management Office including a prize, as well as an additional prize sponsor: SA Innovation Summit

  • Joint nomination between Bio Catalysis Team, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) – Team Leader: Dr Lucia Steenkamp, Principal Researcher: Biosciences, CSIR; Biodx (Pty) Ltd; Clive Teubes Africa (Pty) Ltd; and Puris Natural Aromatics Chemicals Division, Puris (Pty) Ltd
  • Hydrox Holdings (Pty) Ltd Team – Team Leader: Mr Cornelis Johannes de Jager, Chief Executive Officer 
  • Pennine Energy Innovations (Pty) Ltd – Directors and Co-Founders: Dr Dudley Jackson and Mr Richard Mutshekwane 

Communication Award

for outreach and creating awareness
(by a team or individual over the last 5 years)

  • Prof Michael Noel (Mike) Bruton – Founder and Director: Mike Bruton Imagineering; Retired Research Scientist and Science Administrator; Active Science Communicator
  • Prof Elizelle Juaneé Cilliers – Professor and Chairperson: Urban and Regional Planning, North-West University and also in the NSTF-Lewis Foundation Green Economy category
  • Ms Mologadi Makwela – Communications Officer: Department (Dept) of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence: Food Security, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr Dyllon Garth Randall – Senior Lecturer: Dept of Civil Engineering, University of Cape Town and also in NSTF-Lewis Foundation Green Economy category
  • Dr Tanja Reinhardt – Coordinator: Science and Technology Education Centre, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Wits Communications Services – Head: Shirona Patel, University of the Witwatersrand

Non-Governmental Organisation Award

including technology transfer, and education and training activities
(over the last 5 to 10 years)

Prize sponsor: SA Innovation Summit

  • Eskom Expo for Young Scientists – Executive Director: Mr Parthy Chetty
  • Outlook Foundation – Chief Executive Officer: Mr Segomotso Edison Kelefetswe

Special Annual Theme Award: Materials for inclusive economic development

in recognition of the United Nations ‘International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements’

(awarded according to criteria in any of the other categories but which meet this objective)

  • Prof Wilhelm Bouwer du Preez – Director: Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Research Centre; Associate Professor: Central University of Technology, Free State and also in the Lifetime category
  • Prof Emmanuel Iheanyichukwu Iwuoha – Department (Dept) of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation South African Research Chair Initiative Chair (Tier 1): Nano Electrochemistry and Sensor Technology; Senior Professor: Chemistry; Director: Sensor Laboratories, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr Maya Jacob John – Principal Researcher: Polymers and Composites Competence Area, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Port Elizabeth 
  • Prof Alison Lewis – Dean: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Cape Town (UCT) and also in the Engineering Research Capacity Development and Lifetime categories
  • Prof Kenneth Ozoemena – Professor: Materials for Energy and Electrochemistry, School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and also in the Lifetime category
  • Prof Alexander Quandt – Acting Chair: Materials for Energy Research Group; Focus Area Co-ordinator: Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, Wits and also in the Corporate Innovation category
  • Dr Abimbola Olukemi Windapo – Associate Professor: Dept of Construction Economics and Management, UCT and also in the Engineering Research Capacity Development category
  • Prof Lindiwe Innocentia Zungu – Executive Dean: Graduate Studies, University of South Africa and also in the Researcher category
 

 

Adjudication: The accreditation and selection process for the NSTF-South32 Awards are made by an adjudication panel of independent judges. They represent six different sectors of the NSTF membership. This adjudication panel, in conjunction with the Award partners, review the nominations to select the finalists and winners each year. A panel of experts, appointed by the NSTF Executive Committee, also assists the panel by reviewing and validating the final selections.
 
Youth programmes: One of the features that make these awards unique is that youth outreach is an integral part of the awards. Two NSTF Youth outreach programmes are run annually in conjunction with the NSTF Awards. 

  • The NSTF Brilliants Programme identifies and celebrates the top achievers (90% or more) in physical science and mathematics studying in science, engineering and medicine from the previous year’s matric examinations. It exposes these young people to the SET community. Eighteen students (a man and a woman from each province) are recognised as potential future leaders and innovators.
  • Success is not about where you are, but who you have elevated in the process. The NSTF Share ‘n Dare Programme is an output of the NSTF-South32 Awards that profiles award winners as youth role models. Award winners share their experience in the SET field at science centres, schools and universities across the country. They encourage the youth to take up careers in SET. Thousands of South Africans are also reached through community and campus radio station awareness talks.
 

 

The announcement of the winners will take place at the prestigious NSTF Awards gala dinner on 27 June 2019 in Gauteng.
 

 

 

The patron of the NSTF Awards, the Minister of Science and Technology, presides over the presentation of awards. The current Minister, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane confirmed her attendance to participate in the proceedings this year (dependent on the President’s appointment of his Cabinet). The event is a glamorous affair attended by the cream of the crop of the SET community. It is the largest event of its kind and is open to the public. Almost 700 guests attended the event last year. The SET community is invited to book tables for their organisations to celebrate the achievements of the finalists. Contact Ms Kgaugelo Teffo at enquiries@nstf.co.za or call +27 (0)12 841 2717 or 012 841 3987.
 

 

 

There are two media partners of the NSTF Awards to ensure national public recognition of the winners, as well as to facilitate the communication of science to the broader public.  They are:

·         Business Report, carried by The Star, Pretoria News, Cape Times, and The Mercury newspapers

·         Mail & Guardian

Both these newspapers carry supplements about the winners the day after the Awards gala dinner (Friday, 28 June 2019). Unique advertising opportunities are available for your brand. Contact Ms Wilna Eksteen at enquiries@nstf.co.za or call +27 (0)12 841-3987/4995.

Social Media: Join the conversation on social media and tag us in your posts:

  • Awards hashtag: #NSTFawards2019
  • Facebook: @NSTFSA
  • Twitter: @NSTF_SA
  • LinkedIn: National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)
  • YouTube: National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)


Organisations are invited to join hands with the NSTF to widen the reach and impact of the NSTF-South32 Awards and youth programmes. Partnerships are available on new and existing award categories and the youth outreach programmes. Contact Ms Wilna Eksteen at enquiries@nstf.co.za or call +27 (0)12 841-3987/4995.

 

 

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About the NSTF

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF), established in 1995, is a broadly-representative stakeholder body for all SET and innovation organisations in South Africa, which seeks to influence policy formulation and delivery.
The NSTF-South32  Awards are unique in SA, recognising the outstanding contributions of individuals and groups to SET and innovation.
The science bursaries page provides information on bursaries and bursary providers for science, engineering and related studies.

 

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