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A new vision for the arid lands

Global change is an overarching issue that will be probed from many angles. Arid zones are vulnerable areas and water is a limited resource for thousands of arid land inhabitants.


Tierberg - a strategic 'living laboratory' donated to SAEON

Enthusiastically embracing the idea of the continuation of almost three decades of research, the current land owner donated the research site to SAEON to preserve it for future generations.


Conquering Compassberg

The SAEON Arid Lands Node tackles an iconic mountain in South Africa’s Karoo region to initiate data collection of the fauna and flora on its treacherous slopes.


Award-winning scientist joins SAEON to bolster research in the arid areas

Helga van der Merwe has received an NRF Research Career Award Fellowship to assess the impact of climate change, land use and management on vegetation in the arid areas.


Rare honour for SAEON scientist

SAEON’s Chief Research Scientist, Prof. William Bond, has been elected a foreign associate of the United States' National Academy of Sciences, an honour conferred on the world's best scientists by their peers.


Today’s data for tomorrow’s future

The work of palaeoecologists at the Cathedral Peak research site provides vital pieces in the puzzle of determining long-term patterns and potential shifts related to human-induced climate change.


Historical marine fisheries databases now freely available online

The SAEON Egagasini Node has announced the online release of an exceptional collection of historical marine fisheries data.


Injecting resilience into our systems

SAEON MD Johan Pauw reflects on resilient systems and reports on new developments aimed at strengthening the SAEON system. SAEON also welcomes Ms Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, back into the science and technology fold.


2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting: A passport to the latest research

The biennial Ocean Sciences conference offers an array of special sessions, tutorials and workshops on every facet of ocean science imaginable.


Film festival showcases student research project on bees

The Buzz for Food, an eco film featuring Tlou Masehela’s research project on South Africa’s two indigenous honeybee species, was screened at the 2014 Cape Town Eco Film Festival.


Competing to become South Africa’s next “pop idol” of science

Melissa Boonzaaier reports on her experiences at FameLab SA 2014, where young researchers are inspired to share their passion for science on a global platform.


Whetting appetites for environmental science

SAEON’s Arid Lands Node joins a team effort to assist Northern Cape learners to find appropriate career paths.


The camp that trains would-be scientists

Learners attending the Ndlovu Node’s science camp are involved in structured research projects, which equip them with scientific knowledge and skills. They are also introduced to careers in environmental sciences.


Exposing learners to the wonders of marine science

SAEON’s Egagasini Node held a workshop and camp for Grade 11 learners as part of the Marine Science Programme implemented through funding received from the British High Commission.


SAEON pays tribute to Peter Timm

South African science has been significantly enriched by Peter’s involvement in research. Among other things, he has been an essential part of the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme as well as SAEON's sampling trips to Lake St Lucia.


SAEON in the media

Read recent articles featuring SAEON's people and projects ...


Interesting link

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? View this fascinating footage to find out.


Blog spot

Virgin chief Richard Branson writes on his blog that businesses should take a stand against climate scepticism.



"Water is the defining crisis of the 21st century." - Fred Pearce, veteran science writer

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