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The Agulhas Current - a potentially viable alternative energy source?

A turbine array in the Agulhas Current compares well with other alternative energy sources and could provide South Africa with significant contribution to the electricity grid. 


First visual imagery from six seabed areas off the coast of South Africa

The imagery obtained during the 2019 West Coast visual survey would serve to verify the habitat types of two newly proposed marine protected areas, a hardground site, a southern Benguela muddy site and a heavily trawled Benguela shelf area.


SAEON Grasslands Carbon Project: A platform for local and international collaboration

The Grasslands-Forests-Wetlands Node's collaboration with the University of Burgundy has provided additional expert input into the theoretical background for soil carbon studies, as well as a sharing of ideas and alternative techniques.


Meet the leader of SAEON's Data Science team

Dr Claire Davis-Reddy's research has contributed significantly to the understanding of climate change risks and impacts and has fed into national and regional policy.


Getting to the root of the water question in water-scarce environments

One species in southern Africa has seemingly overcome the risks of drought - the enigmatic welwitschia. A recent study sheds more light on the root architecture of these exceptionally long-lived plants.


The Benfontein Plant Phenology Project - a low-hanging fruit

SAEON and Sol Plaatje University have been collaborating at Benfontein Nature Reserve on what is promising to become a highly valuable long-term dataset. 


Vaalbos monitoring reinforced long-term partnership between SAEON's Arid Lands Node and SANParks

SAEON's Arid Lands Node and SANParks collaborated on a project to resurvey the deproclaimed Vaalbos National Park until mining operations prevented further research activities at the site.


Save the date!

The 2nd Open Science Meeting of the International Long Term Ecological Research Network (ILTER) will be held in Leipzig, Germany from 2 to 7 September, hosted by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research.


Advancing our understanding of the Indian Ocean and its role in the Earth System

Over 100 delegates from 21 countries gathered at Nelson Mandela University for the third International Indian Ocean Science Conference aimed at promoting research and building new relationships through the vehicle of ocean science.


A preview of what's to come for SAEON's Graduate Student Network in 2019

A thrilling programme for the upcoming Indibano is in the pipeline. Each SAEON Node will also host inspiring activities and workshops to facilitate further learning opportunities for students.


Seminar upskills students in management and analysis of research data

Dr Jasper Slingsby of SAEON's Fynbos Node led a two-day seminar for students on the research data lifecycle, a model devised to make research as usable and impactful as possible.


Marine and coastal educators share best practices in marine science engagement programmes

The SAEON team showcased their marine science engagement programmes and shared practical ideas with members of the Marine and Coastal Educators Network (MCEN).


Let's 'sea' chemistry at Scifest Africa 2019

In line with this year's theme, 'Discover your element', the SAEON team presented simplified hands-on experiments that mirror routine work performed on ocean and estuary water samples.


What else is new at SAEON?

The African recipients of the  £25M FLAIR scheme have been announced - and two have ties with SAEON's Fynbos Node.


SAEON in the media

SAEON's people and projects received coverage in national print, broadcast and online media.



"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand." - Albert Einstein

Banner photo courtesy of Otto Whitehead

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