Western Indian Ocean Early Career Scientists Network

Invitation: Launch of the DSI/NRF-SAIAB/ UFH Bio-economy & Bio-discovery Joint Marine Laboratory (JML)


SAIAB, through the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) Phuhlisa programme has been supporting marine science at four historically disadvantaged Higher Education Institutions (HDIs): the University of Fort Hare, Walter Sisulu University, University of Western Cape and University of Zululand for over 10 years, by providing access to SAIAB research infrastructure. The Department of Science and Innovation has now secured significant funding for the establishment of a ground-breaking Joint Marine Laboratories Programme (JMLP) at the four HDIs. Administered through NRF-SAIAB, the funding will operate as a pilot phase of five years. For the next phase of this programme, the University of Fort Hare will be the first to launch the DSI/NRF-SAIAB/ UFH Bio-economy & Bio-discovery Joint Marine Laboratory (JML), thereby bringing cutting edge research equipment to Fort Hare. Click here for full details, including the invitation and programme for the day. We look forward to having you in attendance at this momentous event.

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