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 Launch of the DSI/NRF-SAIAB/ UFH Bio-economy & Bio-discovery Joint Marine Laboratory (JML)

SAIAB, through the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) Phuhlisa programme has been supporting marine science at four historically disadvantaged Higher Education Institutions (HDIs): the University of Fort Hare, Walter Sisulu University, University of Western Cape and University of Zululand for over 10 years, by providing access to SAIAB research infrastructure.

The Department of Science and Innovation has now secured significant funding for the establishment of a ground-breaking Joint Marine Laboratories Programme (JMLP) at the four HDIs. Administered through NRF-SAIAB, the funding will operate as a pilot phase of five years. For the next phase of this programme, the University of Fort Hare launched the DSI/NRF-SAIAB/ UFH Bio-economy & Bio-discovery Joint Marine Laboratory (JML), thereby bringing cutting edge research equipment to Fort Hare. This launch took place on Thursday 10 March 2022.

The live broadcast of this event was disrupted by load shedding and poor internet connection. Please see the recording of the event, available on our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/K7DMZm0czlA

The press release from the University of Fort Hare is also available from this LINK



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