Postgraduate Research &
Innovation Symposium (PRIS)


Our history

Formerly known as Postgraduate Research Day, the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) has been hosting this conference highlighting postgraduate research since 2013. CAES is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence in research, innovation, teaching and community outreach.

The event draws participation from students in each of our five Schools:

  • Agricultural, Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Chemistry & Physics
  • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science

The event has grown from 36 oral presentations, 31 poster presentations and 100 attendees in 2013; to 60 oral presentations, 190 poster presentations and over 800 attendees in 2019.

The College has also used the event to build relationships with members of industry. Industrial partners attend the event to view the research, exhibit their offerings, judge the submissions and sponsor prizes.

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Meet the committee

Dean of Research
and Head of the Committee

Prof Neil Koorbanally

Professor Neil Koorbanally is the Dean of Research and an Organic Chemist with over 20 years of experience in the fields of Natural Products and Synthetic Organic Chemistry. He works on the synthesis of hybrid organic molecules for the pharmaceutical industry, with a specific interest in quinolines, benzimidazoles, quinoxalines, chalcones and coumarins.

In 2020, Prof Koorbanally and the committee have put forth efforts and plans to bring PRIS to an online environment. This has been the new norm of conferencing since the start of the pandemic, exposing our students to what is occurring both nationally and internationally. The event will communicate college research to a wider audience, demonstrating its’ impact on communities and industry and will hopefully be the catalyst for future collaborative projects with community, government and industry stakeholders.

Ms Bolton handles all the PRIS 2019 applications and puts the proceedings together.

Ms Moira Bolton

Ms Cuénod develops the written materials and publications for PRIS.

Ms Christine Cuénod 

Dr Frost is the Public Relations Manager at the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

Dr Sally Frost

Mr Girraj is the Technical Lead for PRIS.

Mr Sashlin Girraj

Mr Hloba is a Public Relations Assistant at the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

Mr Mzimasi Hloba

Mr Jembere is the Head of the Moodle co-ordinators for PRIS.

Dr Edgar Jembere

Mr Mthembu is a Public Relations Assistant at the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

Mr Bheki Mthembu

Ms Ngcongo is a Public Relations Intern at the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

Ms Sam Ngcongo

Mr Rajh does all the graphic and layout work for PRIS.

Mr Asok Rajh

Ms Rajpal is the organiser, fundraiser and stakeholder liaison for PRIS.

Ms Leena Rajpal

Ms Zondo is a Public Relations Intern (Web) at the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

Ms Londeka Zondo

Support Teams

Moodle Support

  • Mr Vasu Chetty                            
  • Ms Chantal Ebrahim                            
  • Dr Rosanne Els
  • Mr Mandlenkosi Gwetu   
  • Dr Edgar Jembere
  • Dr Sisize Simo Mthethwa
  • Mr Luke Vorster
  • Ms Nombuso Zondo

Technical Support

  • Mr Xolile Genu                 
  • Mr Soren Greenwood                   
  • Mr Ncengeziwe Hlambisa
  • Mr Sedzesani Magelegeda 
  • Dr Vashen Moodley        
  • Mr Simphiwe Wiseman Mdluli
  • Mr Yegandran Pillay
  • Mr Sizwe Zamisa Zondo

ICS Support

  • Mr Vasu Chetty              
  • Mr Richman Dlamini                     
  • Ms Chantal Ebrahim                     
  • Ms Heena Jivan              
  • Ms Mpume Khumalo     
  • Mr Ray Mahadeo
  • Mr Siphamandla Msomi
  • Ms Preia Mudaly
  • Mr Krissen Naidoo
  • Ms Shamla Naidoo
  • Mr Lungi Ngwane
  • Mr Musa Ntuli
  • Mr Abdullah Shariff
  • Ms Anisa Suleman