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Department of Geology

Welcome to the Department of Geology

INVITATION: ALUMNI FUNCTION AND WELCOMING OF NEW HEAD OF DEPARTMENT


Welcome to the home of Bushveld Geology (for information on a digital 1:50 000-scale Bushveld geology map, click here), Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Geodynamics and Natural Hazards research in South Africa.  Essentially everything of geological consequence north of the Jukskei River belongs to us.

The Department of Geology at the University of Pretoria teaches two major undergraduate and honours study programmes, in (1) Geology and (2) Environmental and Engineering Geology (encompassing also Hydrogeology at honours level).  Present postgraduate students and projects are listed under Postgraduate Research.

Internationally-recognised research remains a fundamental activity of all staff and postgraduate students.  Our students (see also the webpage of the Geological Society of the University of Pretoria) at all levels are trained to be able to join the global community of professional geoscientists and to contribute to the search and utilisation of Earth’s minerals and commodities to the benefit of society, and to enhance the relationship between Man and the Environment. 

The University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre, Africa, opens up a large range of multi-disciplinary research within the Faculty and entire University, particularly in seismic hazard studies, mine seismic research, meteorology and the actuarial and insurance sciences.  Combined with our Analytical Facility and the LC de Villiers Geology Museum, we excel at everything geological.

We wish to thank Kumba Iron Ore, Exxaro, METF, Aon Benfield, BHP Billiton, Water Research Commission, Dr. Roelof van der Merwe, Prof MCJ de Wit and Dr Tom Molyneux for their continuous support of our department. The significant support provided by the Minerals Education Trust Fund (METF) makes a very important contribution towards fostering excellent teaching and research activities within the Department. In 2009, BHP Billiton donated analytical equipment to a value in excess of R3 million to this department. The new Kumba-Exxaro Chair in Geodynamics was launched in 2009.  We also thank Mr Andy Clay and Venmyn for the annual short course in Mineral Reporting, provided to both geological public and the Honours class.

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UP awarded status as MRC collaborative centre for malaria research - 30/10/2014
The Medical Research Council (MRC) invited higher education institutions, science councils and registered non-profit research organisations in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to submit applications to become part of their new initiative, MRC Collaborating Centres for Malaria Research. The University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP CSMC) recently received word that their application has been successful. The network of MRC collaborating centres for malaria research will collectively provide a multidisciplinary approach to malaria research; synergise efforts on malaria research to achieve common goals; and facilitate scientific collaboration among malaria researchers in Southern Africa.
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Breast cancer is not a death sentence - 29/10/2014
In South Africa, one in 29 women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many do not take the necessary steps to detect the disease in its early stages and to encourage others to do the same. Most of us dread ever hearing the words, “You have cancer”, because this disease is sure to have a significant impact on all areas of a person’s life. Ms Jonita van Wyk, who graduated earlier this year with a master’s degree in Social Work (Health Care) in the Department of Social Work and Criminology at the University of Pretoria (UP), conducted research on the social functioning of women with breast cancer, under the supervision of Dr Charlene Carbonatto.
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UP has a new NRF A1-rated researcher - 29/10/2014
Prof Yves van der Peer, the University of Pretoria’s most recent recipient of an A rating by the NRF, is a leading academic from the University of Ghent in Belgium and one of the world’s foremost bio-informaticians.
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Faculty of Law introduces an MPhil degree in Medical Law and Ethics as from January 2015 - 28/10/2014
The Centre for Medicine and Law in the Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is proud to announce the introduction of an MPhil degree in Medical Law and Ethics. The course will be available as from 2015, and will consist of three new postgraduate modules, namely Theory and practice of medical law and medical ethics, Access to health care and medical malpractice litigation and Medico-legal issues.
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University of Pretoria initiates a relationship with the University of Antwerp - 28/10/2014
Delegates from the Belgian University of Antwerp visited the University of Pretoria following the launch of the fifth edition of the Erasmus Mundus EUROSA programme in Durban.
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Bumper Year for the Southern Right Whale calves - 27/10/2014
The Mammal Research Institute of the University of Pretoria recently conducted the annual survey of the Southern Cape’s Right whale population in the coast between Nature’s Valley and Muizenberg, Western Cape.
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UP’s Exceptional Young Researcher of 2014 delivers findings to an international audience - 23/10/2014
Prof Darryn Knobel is providing great insight into the control and foreseeable elimination of rabies. He recently presented his work at the 39th World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Congress held in Cape Town. Prof Knobel leads UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science’s research group on dog population ecology and rabies epidemiology, which studies the ecology of owned, free-roaming dog populations in resource-constrained communities, particularly at wildlife interfaces. The group's aim is to better understand the interactions between dog population dynamics and rabies control, as well as other aspects of dog health and welfare.
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