Prof Martinette Kruger (right) and PhD student Anneke Schoeman shone at the South African Women in Science (SAWiSA) awards held on 15 August. The Department of Science and Technology presents these awards to recognise excellence among women scientists and researchers.

Prof Juaneé Cilliers, chairperson of the subject group Urban and Regional Planning, recently showed her mettle as an exceptional researcher when she was chosen as a finalist in two major competitions.

NWU women shine at science awards

Prof Martinette Kruger, a full-time researcher and professor at Tourism Research in Economics, Environs and Society (TREES), received the SAWiSA Distinguished Young Woman Researcher Award for Humanities and Social Sciences.

One of her research focuses is understanding how events can facilitate tourism in a developing country and multicultural society context. Martinette  has engaged in long-term industry research projects with various festivals and events, as well as international projects involving the European Union and the Thompson Rivers University in Canada, among others.

She holds a PhD in tourism management and hails from the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.


A bright future ahead


Young environmental sciences researcher Anneke Schoeman proved that she has a bright future ahead when she won a DST-Albertina Sisulu Fellowship at the annual SAWiSA awards ceremony.


This prestigious fellowship is awarded to six master’s students and six doctoral students. Recognising outstanding ability and potential in research, the fellowship aims to enhance the recipients’ research experience and output, and to encourage more young women to complete research degrees.


Featuring in two competitions


At the SAWiSA awards Prof Juaneé Cilliers was a finalist in the Distinguished Young Woman Researcher award for the Natural (Life and Physical) Sciences category.


She was also featured as a finalist in the “Science Oscars”, known as the NSTF-South32 Awards, where she was nominated in two categories.


The first nomination was for the Communication Award for creating awareness of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) and innovation during the past five years and the second one was in the Green Economy and Innovation category.





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