JOURNALISTS COVERING 25TH AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT VISIT DST-NRF CIMERA

on Monday, 22 June 2015. Posted in CIMERA - Latest News

JOURNALISTS COVERING 25TH AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT VISIT DST-NRF CIMERA

The 25th African Union Summit Conference was held in South Africa in the week beginning 7th June 2015. The event was covered by a large contingent of both local and overseas journalists. The National Research Foundation (NRF), the funding arm of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), together with Brand SA, requested DST-NRF CIMERA to host a group of journalists, as part of highlighting the NRF’s flagship Centres of Excellence programme. DST-NRF CIMERA, in conjunction with the Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences, hosted at the University of the Witwatersrand, put together a programme for the journalists for Monday 8th June 2015. The CoE in Palaeosciences was also requested to host the journalists, and hence the joint programme.

South Africa could fill emerging gap in Chinese manganese production

on Monday, 04 May 2015. Posted in CIMERA - Latest News

South Africa could fill emerging gap in Chinese manganese production

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Successful NRF Science for Society Lecture presented by Professors Nic Beukes and Judith Kinnaird (DST-NRF CIMERA Director and Co-Director)

on Monday, 04 May 2015. Posted in CIMERA - Latest News

The NRF Science for Society Lectures Series returned to the University of Johannesburg

Successful NRF Science for Society Lecture presented by Professors Nic Beukes and Judith Kinnaird (DST-NRF CIMERA Director and Co-Director)

The NRF Science for Society Lectures Series returned to the University of Johannesburg on Thursday evening the 23rd April, 2015. The Series “seeks to bridge the divide that exists between science and community issues in an effort to help society relate to how science, research and technology positively impact on our day-to-day lives and on future generations.”

The title of the lecture was “Economic Geology Research: What makes South Africa the World’s most valuable piece of Mineral Real Estate.” The lecture was scheduled to have been broadcast live by SAfm, who are the NRF’s media partners, but had to be recorded instead due to an unforeseen clash on the radio station. It will, however, be broadcast on Tuesday evening the 28th April 2015 from 7 pm to 9 pm in the Talk Shop slot hosted by Ms Naledi Moleo.

 

DST-NRF CIMERA Bushveld Research Group hold first meeting

on Wednesday, 01 April 2015. Posted in CIMERA - Latest News

On the 16th March 2015, the first meeting of the Bushveld Research Group of DST-NRF CIMERA took place.

DST-NRF CIMERA Bushveld Research Group hold first meeting

On the 16th March 2015, the first meeting of the Bushveld Research Group of DST-NRF CIMERA took place in the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Sixteen participants attended from Wits and from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) with one member of the team listening in on a Skype link from the UK.

 

First DST-NRF CIMERA Steering Committee meeting held on the 2nd March 2015

on Wednesday, 11 March 2015. Posted in CIMERA - Latest News

First DST-NRF CIMERA Steering Committee meeting held on the 2nd March 2015

We are pleased to announce that our DST-NRF CIMERA Steering Committee has been properly constituted in terms of the Memorandum of Understanding that has been signed by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) on the 29th January 2015, for the establishment of the our new Centre of Excellence.

 

KARIN trains biostratigraphers for South Africa

on Wednesday, 19 November 2014. Posted in CIMERA - Latest News

KARIN trains biostratigraphers for South Africa

KARIN trains biostratigraphers for South Africa

In November 2014, a one week workshop on Biostratigraphy for Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions and Correlations at Rhodes University addressed the scarce skill of biostratigraphers in South Africa. Researchers and students from the University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria and Rhodes University attended the workshop which was presented by Dr Katrin Ruckwied (Shell), Dr Iain Prince (Shell), and Prof Annette E. Götz (University of Pretoria).

 

Participation of DST-NRF CIMERA at the Centres of Excellence Directors Forum 2014

on Wednesday, 19 November 2014. Posted in CIMERA - Latest News

Participation of DST-NRF CIMERA at the Centres of Excellence Directors Forum 2014

Participation of DST-NRF CIMERA at the Centres of Excellence Directors Forum 2014

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Centres of Excellence (CoE) by National Research Foundation. To celebrate the occasion, a Special Forum was held at the University of the Western Cape on the 13th November 2014, with the founding nine CoEs and the six newly established ones, including the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA) invited to showcase their research results and future projects.

 

CIMERA-supported new analytical instrument awarded to Professor Marlina Elburg

on Wednesday, 19 November 2014. Posted in CIMERA - Latest News

CIMERA-supported new analytical instrument awarded to Professor Marlina Elburgnergy mix

CIMERA-supported new analytical instrument awarded to Professor Marlina Elburg

Professors Marlina Elburg and Jan Kramers (Department of Geology, UJ) were successful in obtaining NRF funding for a multi-collector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer (MC-ICPMS) and laser ablation (LA) system through the National Equipment Program. This is state-of-the-art instrumentation, capable of determining the isotopic ratios of elements on a microscopic scale, or occurring as otherwise barely detectable traces. The laser ablation system is used to drill minute holes in solids, with the excavated material then being analyzed by the MC-ICPMS. For trace elements, solids need to be dissolved  and the elements of interest isolated; for this line of work there will be close collaboration with Dr Grant Bybee of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, who is overseeing the development of a new ultraclean laboratory there.

 

KARIN explores the Karoo Stratigraphy

on Tuesday, 23 September 2014. Posted in CIMERA - Latest News

An academic contribution to secure South Africa’s future sustainable energy mix

An academic contribution to SA’s ACADEMIC RESEARCH GeAN ACADEMIC CONTRIBUTION TO SA’S ACADEMIC RESEARCH Geoscientists from six of South Africa’s leading universities and the Council for Geoscience have undertaken to focus their joint research efforts in a coordinated, multi-disciplinary project called the Karoo Research Initiative (KARIN). Karoo Research Initiative (KARIN).Karoo Research Initiative (KARIN).

 
 

Karoo Research Initiative in CIMERA

on Tuesday, 23 September 2014. Posted in CIMERA - Latest News

News Article posted on the Faculty of Science Website - Link 

The Karoo Research Initiative (KARIN) as part of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence of Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA)

Background

The mandate of the newly-launched NRF-DST Centre of Excellence for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA), hosted by the University of Johannesburg with the University of the Witwatersrand as co-host, is to harness and focus the world-class applied geosciences expertise available in South African institutions towards understanding Africa’s superlative mineral and energy resources and to train the next generation of geoscientists who will be responsible for locating and managing these resources. CIMERA provides the platform for independent academic research and high-level training in projects of relevance to the nation and the minerals exploration, mining and energy industries. Researchers at Fort Hare University, Rhodes University, Stellenbosch University, University of Pretoria and the University of Venda represent collaborating partners of CIMERA.

Research Activities

on Sunday, 24 August 2014. Posted in CIMERA - Latest News

Geoscientists Report on current Research Activities

Research Activities

The Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA), under the umbrella of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa was launched on the 24th April 2014. Although CIMERA is still in its formation stage, it has, nonetheless, organized and held its first scientific planning meeting. The meeting was attended by 20 geoscientists who reported on their current research activities, and their plans for further research under the CIMERA umbrella. Of particular significance is the Karoo Research Initiative (KARIN) that has already attracted interest from energy companies. The successful one-day meeting has fast-tracked CIMERA’s research focus as required of the CoEs, and CIMERA will soon disburse research grants after the formal research agreements are signed.

CIMERA Launch

on Monday, 30 June 2014. Posted in CIMERA - Latest News

CIMERA Launch

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have awarded the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Integrated Minerals and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA) to the University of Johannesburg.

CIMERA, which is co-hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), is the first CoE to be hosted by the University of Johannesburg (UJ). CIMERA’s research focus is especially relevant to South Africa, because it will adapt an integrated understanding of the nature of some of the country’s major and minor mineral and fossil energy resources and their geometallurgical characteristics.

 

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