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, 159 oral poster presentations and over 700 attendees in 2017.

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 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, a job that exposed him to the agronomy and rural development issues. 

Chairman

Dr Saha is a ECSA accredited Engineer with industrial and academic experiences.

He is responsible for both undergraduate/ postgraduate teaching and supervising research in Electrical Engineering.

Dr Akshay Kumar Saha

Professor Kirkman is the Dean of Research for the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

He joined UKZN as Professor of Grassland Science, and has continued his research in veld ecology and management.

Prof Kevin Kirkman

Professor Tapamo is the Acting Dean and Head of the School of Engineering.

His research interests include surface characterization, image processing, computer vision, machine learning, biometrics and intelligent monitoring - to name a few.

Prof Jules-Raymond Tapamo

Dr Kimmie is the Manager of the Hub for the African City of the Future (AfriHub)

Having enjoyed a successful career in education and corporate training, he has combined his experience to develop the potential of young minds.

Dr Rudi Kimmie

Mr Naidoo is currently Technical Operations Manager at the School of Engineering

Mr Dudley Naidoo

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

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

Ms Zolile Duma

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

Mr Bheki Mthembu