Postgraduate Research &
Innovation Symposium (PRIS)

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PRIS 2021
This two-day online postgraduate conference gave students an opportunity to showcase their research work.
Here's what happened
Tech talks
These webinars host professional talks from members of industry.
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Keynote speaker
Prof Neil Turok delivered the keynote on the "UNIVERSE".
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Chris Buckley memorial lecture
The importance of transdisciplinary research for water and sanitation transformation was discussed.
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Thank you to our partners

25 October  | 08:00 – 17:00 | T-block, UKZN (WST)


The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) has been hosting this conference highlighting postgraduate research since 2013. 


Conference theme

African cities of the future

Africa, home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies, is experiencing massive rural to urban migration.

The growing urbanization on the African continent is exacerbating socio-economic challenges resulting in decaying infrastructure, energy constraints, high unemployment, skills shortages and conflict.  

Oral presenters
Poster presenters
Total guests

Keynote speaker

Neil Macleod

Neil Macleod will deliver the keynote address. He has a BSc in civil engineering and an MBA, and is currently completing his PhD.  He has 43 years’ experience in the water and sanitation sector, with 22 years as the Head of Water and Sanitation in the eThekwini Municipality. 

What to expect

Art meets Engineering

Art meets Engineering is a strategy to engage creative thinking in the pursuit of engineering design, which is a combination of functionality, innovation and aesthetics.  By involving students in artistic pursuit, we will  get them to see technology differently. 

InQubate Session

UKZN’s InQubate will host its own parallel session during PRIS 2018. The aim of this session is to foster a culture of innovation among students, to do research for impact beyond publishing. 

Lucky draw

Courtesy of UKZN’s Information and Communication Services, there will be several prizes up for grabs at the event. Stand a chance to win a presentation remotes, external hard drives and a laptop. Prizes will be awarded via a lucky draw done among conference attendees.

2017 Event

The 2017 Postgraduate Research and Innovation Day, attracted more than 700 participants including presenters, exhibitors, judges, academics, students and guests.

Sixty-five percent of those in attendance were students – a new record for the college.

Thank you to our external sponsors