Research Entities | Research Support

Research Centres of Excellence

Entity Director

Centre of Excellence for Nutrition (CEN) Prof Marius Smuts
Centre for Space Research Prof Stefan Ferreira
Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacen) Prof Jeanetta du Plessis

 

Research Units

Entity Director

Unit for Language and Literature in the South African Context Prof Johann van der Walt
Unit for Business Mathematics and Informatics Prof Magda Huisman
Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management Prof Nico Smit
Unit for Reformed Theology and the Development of the SA Society Prof Ferdi Kruger (acting)
Research Unit for Law, Justice and Sustainability Prof Willemien du Plessis
Unit for Energy and Technology Systems Prof Liezl van Dyk
Africa Unit for Trans-disciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) Prof Petra Bester
WorkWell: Research Unit for Economic & Management Sciences Prof Pieter Buys
Education and Human Rights in diversity (Edu-HRight)  Prof JP Rossouw
Hypertension is Africa Research Team (HART) Prof Hugo Huisman
Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society (TREES) Prof Melville Saayman

 

Research Focus Areas

Entity Director

Ancient Texts Prof Hans van Deventer
Chemical Resource Benefication Prof Manie Vosloo
Community Psychosocial Research (Compres) Prof Herman Grobler
Enabling Optimal Expression of Individual, Social and Institutional Potential (OPTENTIA) Prof Ian Rothmann
Human Metabolomics Prof du Toit Loots
Materia Science Innovation an Modeling (MaSIM) Prof Eno Ebenso
Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation (PhASRec) Prof Hanlie Moss
Population and Health Prof Yaw Amoateng (acting)
Quality in Nursing and Midwifery (INSINQ) Prof Karin Minnie
Self Directed Learning (SDL) Prof Elsa Mentz
Social Transformation Prof Andre Duvenhage
Trade and Development (TRADE) Prof Wilma Viviers
Understanding & Processing Language in Comples Settings (UPSET) Prof Susan Coetzee van Rooy

 

Research Niche Areas

Entity Director

Edu-Lead Prof Jan Heystek
Food Safety and Security Prof Olubukola Babalola
Global Innovative Focussed Talent (GIFT) Prof Nicolene Barkhuizen
Indigenous Language Media in Africa (ILMA) Prof Abiodun Salawu
Lifestyle Diseases Prof Ushotanefe Useh
Medicine Usage in South Africa (MUSA) Prof Martie Lubbe
Multilingual Speech Technologies (MuST) Prof Marelie Davel
Musical Arts in South Africa: Resources and Applications (MASARA) Dr Liesl van der Merwe
Occupational Hygiene and Health Research Initiative (OHHRI) Prof Johan du Plessis (JL)
Technology-Enhanced Learning and Innovative Education and Training, South Africa (TELIT-SA) Prof Seugnet Blignaut
Visual Narratives and Creative Outputs through Interdisciplinary and Practice-led Research Dr Rita Swanepoel

 

Hosted Research Entities (Centre, Platform, Institute)

Entity Director

DST HySA Infrastructure Centre of Competence in Hydrogen production, storage, reticulation and safety codes and standards Dr Dmitri Bessarabov
DST/NWU  Pre-Clinical Drug Development Platform (PCDDP) Prof Anne Grobler
dti Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Mr Danie Vorster
DST Centre of Excellence in Indigenous Knowledge Systems Prof Simeon Materechera
Centre for Human Metabonomics Prof Chris Vorster

 

Commercial Research Entities

Entity Director

Centre for Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Services

Prof Banie Boneschans

 

Research Chairs

Chair

Astrophysics and Space Physics (SARChI) Prof Markus Bottcher
Coal Research (SARChI) Prof John Bunt
Biofuels and other clean alternative fuels (SARChI) Prof Sanette Marx
Nuclear Engineering (SARChI) Prof Jat du Toit
Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Africa (SARChI) Prof Alta Schutte
EDTP SETA research chair in early childhood education Prof Rosemarie Wildsmith-Cromarty
Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute - Emissions Control Prof Hein Neomagus & Stuart Piketh
Nutricia Research foundation in Clinical  Nutrition Prof Rene Blaauw
World Trade Organisation chair Prof Wilma Viviers