Three researchers are flying the University of Limpopo’s flag high after they were nominated for this year’s National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards, for their commendable research, development and innovation.
The NSTF awards were established in 1998 as a collaborative effort to recognize outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation by SET-related professionals and organizations in South Africa.
Prof Kingsley Ayisi, director of the Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre has been nominated in the NSTF-Lewis Foundation Green Economy Award category, for achieving biodiversity conservation environmental sustainability and a greener economy over the past 5 to 10 years.
Prof Salome Mamokome Mahlo, head of Ethno-medicinal Plants Laboratory in the Department of Biodiversity (Botany) has been nominated for the TW Kambule-NSTF Award in three categories: Researcher, Data for Researcher, and Special Annual Theme, for finding innovative solutions to plant health challenges, including Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS), directed towards South Africa’s sustainable development.
Prof Johannes Maree, Professor of Water and Sanitation has been nominated for the Lifetime Award, for the successful development and diffusion of new or improved products, treatment processes and management strategies of water and sanitation issues for at least fifteen years.
The awards also recognize experienced scientists, engineers, innovators, science communicators, engineering capacity builders, organizational managers and leaders as well as data and research managers.
The awards are expected to take place later this year.