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Chasing the rain in Jonkershoek

Braving the elements, SAEON Fynbos Node student Retang Mokua undertook storm event sampling to gain a better understanding of runoff-generation processes in the Jonkershoek Valley.


Steps forward (and upward) with EFTEON

Members of the Expanded Freshwater and Terrestrial Environmental Observation Network (EFTEON) joined CSIR scientists on a site visit to learn more about eddy covariance flux tower usage, maintenance and management.


Meet EFTEON's new chief technician

A broad research background in atmospheric chemistry, aerosol, micrometeorological and meteorological measurements makes Dr Kerneels Jaars ideally suited to the challenges posed by this new position.


Google Earth Engine comes to South Africa

A workshop funded through the SAEON RReTool aimed to equip SA scientists and practitioners to put Google Earth Engine to work to understand and solve real-world problems.


How will SAEON be affected by the new Science, Technology and Innovation Policy?

A White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation was approved by the South African Cabinet in March 2019. SAEON MD Johan Pauw explains how this is likely to impact SAEON.


Capacity training for SAEON postgraduate student - first-hand experience in Europe

Athi Mfikili, a student at SAEON's Elwandle Node, reports on his exceptional learning experiences at the University of Lisbon in Portugal and the University of Urbino in Italy. 


'People, Coasts and Oceans': Opportunities for a changing future

A team from SAEON's Egagasini Node led several special sessions at the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) symposium, the largest open conference on marine and coastal issues in the region.


SEAmester 2019: Two perspectives

A land-based chemistry technician and a marine field technician intern, both from SAEON's Elwandle Node, report on their participation in the ASCA-SEAmester IV expedition. 


Marion Relief Voyage 2019 - memoirs of a SAEON intern

Nasreen Burgher reports on her experiences engaged in benthic biodiversity work on board the SA Agulhas II and her fascinating glimpse into the science conducted on Marion Island.


From studying research catchments in the Northern Drakensberg to monitoring groundwater in Maputaland

Two DSI-NRF interns at SAEON's Grasslands-Forests-Wetlands Node report on the skills they are gaining through hands-on practical experience at the node.


An exclusive opportunity for SAEON interns to attend Indibano 2019

Thanks to additional funding received from the South African National Biodiversity Institute, interns from the SAEON nodes have been selected to participate in this year's Indibano.


SAEON showcases its science at Budget Vote 2019 exhibition

The 2019 Budget Vote exhibition at the Iziko Museum in Cape Town highlighted South Africa's most recent contributions to science, technology and innovation.


'What will this area look like in 30 years?'

Thirteen grade 11 learners participated in the SAEON annual science camp at the Timbavati Foundation Environmental School. The group has been part of the Ndlovu Node's science engagement programme since 2017.


Water availability and climate change

As part of National Science Week 2019, staff members of SAEON's Ndlovu Node addressed local community groups and learners to raise awareness of the 'harsh realities of climate change'.


Celebrating the vital role played by our oceans

SAEON's Egagasini Node participated in the celebrations surrounding World Oceans Day and Adopt an Argo Float Day to raise awareness of the importance of the ocean's robotic science instruments.


Thinking 'out of the box' about changing estuaries

As part of National Science Week, B.Ed. students and local learners investigated species diversity in the lower, middle and upper reaches of an estuary, as well as physical parameters such as the temperature and salinity of the water.


SAEON in the media

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



"Science is not the absolute truth. Scientific findings are the beginning, not the end, of the quest for truth. Empirical data used in science that can be verified forms a sound basis for robust discussion, debate and decision-making. Science brings a degree of rationality that creates a higher probability that the best interest of society or the public interest will be taken into account in, for example, decision-making."  -  Tawana Kupe, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Pretoria

Banner photo courtesy of Sachin Doarsamy

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