Margaret Avery is currently Emeritus Professor at Iziko South African Museum, Natural History Collections. For many years she worked at Iziko Museums of South Africa (previously South African Museum) in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a Masters degree from the University of Edinburgh and Doctorate from Stellenbosch University. She is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and past President of the International Union for Quaternary Research. Her research interest include micromammals and their contribution to understanding the environmental background to human physical and technological development. Also modern distribution of micromammals.
Priscilla Baker is currently the SARChi Chair for Analytical Systems and Processes for Priority and Emerging Contaminants (ASPPEC) and Senior Professor and Head of Department of Chemistry at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). She holds a BSc from the University of Cape Town, BSc Honours and Masters from the University of the Western Cape and a PhD from Stellenbosch University. She was winner of the Department of Science and Technology Distinguished Woman Scientist award in the category Physical and Engineering Sciences in 2014. Her research interests include analytical chemistry, electrochemistry, nanomaterials, sensors for priority and emerging pollutants.
Pascal Bessong is Professor of Microbiology and Global Health and Director of the HIV/AIDS & Global Health Research Programme at the University of Venda (South Africa). He completed his BSc Honours in Mircobiology and MSc Medical Microbiology and Parasitology at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He completed his PhD in Microbiology at the University of Venda and served as postdoctoral fellow in Microbiology at the University of Virginia in the United States. His research interests include: host and viral determinants of HIV drug resistance and the sustainability of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART); the impact of HAART on the pathogenesis of malignancy associated viruses; and the interaction of enteric viruses, vaccine response, gut integrity, growth and development in young children, particularly in populations of low socio-economic status.
Floretta Boonzaier is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Cape Town. She has a PhD in psychology from the University of Cape Town. In 2010 she received the runner-up award in the South African Department of Science and Technology’s Women in Science awards for Distinguished Young Woman Researcher in the Social Sciences or Humanities. She is an alumna Fellow of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University She also serves on the board of ‘Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect’. Her work spans feminist, critical, social and postcolonial psychologies, with interests in intersectional subjectivities, youth subjectivities, gendered and sexual identifications, participatory methodologies and gendered violence.
Chrissie Boughey is Emeritus Professor of the Centre for Postgraduate Studies at Rhodes University (South Africa). She came to South Africa in 1999 after spending many years teaching English as a second/foreign language in places such as Spain, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. She holds a DPhil in Linguistics from the University of the Western Cape, an MA in Applied Language Studies from the University of Reading (UK) and a PGCE in Education from the University of Wales (UK). She has been involved in a number of national initiatives directed at the assurance of quality and the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education. Her research interests are in academic literacy, teaching & learning in higher education, critical realism, social realism, academic development, and educational development.
Teresa Coutinho is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). Her research focuses on plant pathogenic bacteria and developing a molecular method for distinguishing between genera of plant pathogenic bacteria as well as identifying new species. She was educated at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and holds a B3 rating from the National Research Foundation. She is the current President of the Southern African Society of Plant Pathology.
Jemma Finch is an Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She holds a PhD from the University of York. Her research interest is working towards an improved understanding of past climate-human-environment interactions in East and southern Africa during the geologically recent past (late Quaternary). More specifically, she worked to apply a range of proxy techniques to understand past environmental processes e.g. climate, fire, sea level, and vegetation dynamics. Such proxies include fossil pollen, charcoal, geochemistry, foraminifera and tree rings.
Jennifer Fitchett is an Associate Professor in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is African Councillor of the International Society of Biometeorology and President-Elect of the Society of South African Geographers and a Member of the South African Quaternary Association and the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). Her research is situated within the discipline of biometeorology and explores the impacts of climate change on both the natural environment and human populations.
Michael Inggs is Emeritus Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Cape Town (South Africa). He has an Honours degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Rhodes University and a PhD, DIC from Imperial College, London. He has worked in industry in the UK, USA and South Africa. His research interests are in radar, earth observation using radar, and high-performance computing architectures and languages for signal and image processing.
Nkosinathi Madondo is an Associate Professor at the Academic Literacy and Language Unit at Mangosuthu University of Technology. He holds a PhD from Rhodes University. He has been involved in various academic literacy and mentorship programmes, as well as curriculum development, all of which is where his passion lies. His research interests include academic literacy and student development.
Ebrahim Momoniat is a Professor of Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of Johannesburg. He holds a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand. He received the Wits Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award in 2016. He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and a fellow of the following societies: Royal Society of South Africa, American Mathematical Society, Association for Computing Machinery, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. His research interest lies in differential equations.
Sydney Moyo is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at Rhodes University (South Africa). He obtained a PhD in Zoology from Rhodes University in 2016 and an MSc in Ecology from the University of Zimbabwe in 2011. His research focus is on freshwater, estuarine and terrestrial ecosystems. He uses both field- and laboratory-based approaches to explore ecological questions in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the USA. A central focus of his research is exploring the connectivity between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems via invertebrates.
Adriaan van der Walt is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, University of the Free State. He holds a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is the chair of the steering committee of the ACCESS Global Climate Emerging Research Network (GCERN) and he is a member of the International Society of Biometeorology, the Society of South African Geographers Young Professionals group, and an executive council member (treasurer) of the Society of South African Geographers. His research interests include biometeorology, climatology, and environmental sciences.