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NRF-SAIAB PhD Student Elected as Student Representative at SAMSS Conference

In June, more than 20 members of NRF-SAIAB’s marine science team (postgraduate students, postdoctoral Fellows and researchers) attended and

delivered presentations at the Southern African Marine Science Symposium (SAMSS) conference, themed “Marine Science for the Future South Africa”. The conference was hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the KZN Sharks Board on behalf of the South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR).

SANCOR’s activities are made possible through financial contributions from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) and the NRF.

At the conference, NRF-SAIAB PhD student, Dinah Mukhari, was elected as the SANCOR Student Representative for a three-year term from 2022. With this role, Dinah aims to bridge the gap between SANCOR and postgraduate students. “I look forward to using this role to broaden my network; to absorb every skill that will be useful for my career; and to be the voice for my peers. I plan to do this by listening to students, effectively relaying those messages to the broader organisation and provide feedback to students,” said Dinah.

Marine science is at a crossroads with recent technological advances driving new fields of biological endeavour with the aim of addressing current environmental and societal needs. The impact is that funding models are promoting transdisciplinary research and multi-institutional programmes that not only tackle ongoing global change issues, but also have tangible societal benefits as well.

The conference explored the links, continuity and changes in marine science of the past and present, with emphasis on how the science being done today will determine the ‘future pasts’ of our marine ecosystems and the people who depend on them.

SAIAB’s marine team (postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers) at the SAMSS Conference.