African Bioacoustics Conference brings together researchers studying animal sound and hearing
Why is sound important to fishes? What are the latest insights into bird hearing and perception, and is there any meaning to a baby’s cries? These are only three of the interesting topics to be discussed at the second African Bioacoustics Conference (ABC) to take place online from 2... Read more
Small fish species from the Serengeti named after Sir David Attenborough
A newly identified killifish species from the iconic Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, has been named after Sir David Attenborough in recognition of his dedicated efforts to promote biophilia – an awareness of the wonders and beauty of nature. In contrast to the charismatic wildebeest and their spectacular annual... Read more
SU’s Economics Department to celebrate centenary with Nobel Prize winner address
One of the oldest economics departments on the continent, Stellenbosch University’s Department of Economics, is commemorating its centenary this year. In celebration of this milestone, the Department is to present a webinar that will see Prof Abhijit Banerjee, who shared the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer,... Read more
New framework to protect World Heritage Sites against invasive species
A team of international scientists, including three researchers affiliated with the Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB) at Stellenbosch University, came up with a new monitoring and reporting framework to help protect World Heritage Sites (WHS) from almost 300 different invasive alien species (microorganisms, animals and plants) that... Read more
SU involved in testing a ‘promising’ Covid-19 vaccine
Stellenbosch University (SU) is part of a large international research trial testing one of the most promising Covid-19 vaccine candidates currently available. This vaccine (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19) was developed by Oxford University in the United Kingdom (UK) and is currently being tested at seven sites in South Africa, along with... Read more
New SRC Chair vows to address student issues
The newly elected Stellenbosch University (SU) Student Representative Council (SRC) Chairperson, Mr Xola Njengele, says he is committed to addressing the pressing issues of Matie students. Njengele is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development at the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. “I am so honoured to... Read more
SU researchers shed light on pulmonary hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs) is a deadly disease that affects about 75 million people worldwide, approximately 80% of whom live in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). It is difficult to treat the condition in these countries due to a lack of relevant data and resources.... Read more
Multinational study evaluates new TB tests for diagnosis and treatment
Stellenbosch University (SU) was recently awarded a R128 million grant by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate new tuberculosis diagnostic and predictive tests in a multi-national research study. The award is in addition to R65 million from the European Union’s (EU) European and Developing Countries Clinical... Read more
Researchers are looking for more elephant lice
Because they are so tiny, it is not the easiest thing in the world to spot lice on an elephant. Collecting them is even more difficult. That is why a parasite ecologist from Stellenbosch University (SU) is asking veterinarians and people involved in the game industry to help with... Read more
Successful implementation of NDP hinges on administrative reforms
identified possible impediments development of well described performance indicators and targets, suggested Enquiries: Dr Nelia Orlandi, 0832327475 The National Development Plan (NDP) is a detailed blueprint of how government wants to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality in South Africa by the year 2030, but its implementation has been lagging.... Read more

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