Postgraduate Research &
Innovation Symposium (PRIS)

About

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

Deputy-Vice Chancellor
and Head of the College of Agriculture Engineering & Science

Professor Albert Modi is the Deputy-Vice Chancellor (DVC) and Head of the College of Agriculture Engineering & Science. He has been the Dean and Head of School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences from 2011 – 2016. 

He was employed by the then University of Natal in 1996 and has been associated with UKZN since then. Before joining the University, he was provincial agronomist for PHI-Hibred International. As DVC, Prof Modi oversees the standard conference operations. 

The PRIS 2019 committee is comprised of the following:

  • Professor Henry Mwambi (Chair)
  • Moira Bolton
  • Christine Cuenod
  • Dr Jean Dombeu 
  • Dr Sally Frost 
  • Sashlin Girraj 
  • Edgar Jembere
  • Professor Fortune Massamba
  • Bheki Mthembu
  • Samantha Ngcongo
  • Anban Pillay
  • Asok Rajh
  • Leena Rajpal
  • Professor Shaun Ramroop
  • Professor Subharthi Ray
  • Professor Precious Sibanda
  • Dr Brett van Niekerk
  • Professor Serestina Viriri
  • Professor Temesgen Zewotir
  • Nombuso Zondo

Event organisers

Ms Rajpal is the Acting Public Relations Manager at the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

Ms Leena Rajpal

Mr Girraj is a Public Relations Officer (Web) at the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

Mr Sashlin Girraj

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

Mr Bheki Mthembu

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

Ms Sam Ngcongo

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

Dr Sally Frost

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

Ms Moira Bolton

Ms Cristine Cuénod develops the written materials and publications for PRIS 2019.

Ms Cristine Cuénod