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All About CIMERA

DSI-NRF CIMERA is a Centre of Excellence hosted by the University of Johannesburg and co-hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, in partnership with thirteen South African and one international university. It serves as a central hub for research and human resource development in mineral and energy resource analysis in Africa. South Africa hosts one of the most valuable mineral real estates in the world. The focus of DSI-NRF CIMERA is to perform high quality, world-leading, basic and applied research on the vast mineral and fossil fuel resources of, not only South Africa, but Africa as a whole, and to develop human capital. The knowledge so obtained ensures optimum and sustainable extraction and utilization of the natural resources. This is aligned with one of the South African Government’s national strategies, recognizing that mineral and fossil energy resources represent cornerstones of the country’s economy. DSI-NRF CIMERA places much emphasis on funding postgraduate student bursaries and running costs for student research projects in economic geology in order to ensure the supply of properly qualified human resources for the future of the mineral and energy resource industries on the continent and abroad.

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Three-year, fully funded, international PhD project in geochemistry of the Archaean Earth

 PhD project: The start of the world as we know it – tracing the onset of coupling between the solid and fluid Earth. Click here to learn more about this opportunity

DSI-NRF CIMERA Annual Colloquium 26-27 November 2020

The Annual DSI-NRF CIMERA Research Colloquium took place on the 26th and 27th November, 2020, at the University of Johannesburg.

The hybrid virtual-physical event attracted over 80 delegates, most of whom attended virtually due to venue COVID-19 restrictions. Two international keynote speakers presented their research findings, as well as  24 DSI-NRF CIMERA students, and 18 students presented posters. For further information about the presentations, please refer to the abstract booklet 


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