Mobile app idea competition


How would YOU like to SHOW OFF with your very own SAMSUNG GALAXY tablet?
Interested? … Well, of course you are!samsung tabletHere’s what you have to do …

Come up with the best idea for a mobile app that will benefit South Africa and YOU will be
A mobile phone application that aids safety, security or environmental preservation could
land YOU the prize!
Submit your ideas to us by no later than 2 September 2013, and we could just be calling YOU!

What’s that? … You don’t speak geek? 

That’s fine! All we need you to do is provide the idea, and we will do the rest! What could be easier?

Send your idea to, along with your contact information by 2nd September.

This initiative is made possible by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA)
and the KwaZulu-Natal E-Skills CoLab @ The Durban University of Technology.

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Institutional Research Day – 27 November 2013 – call for abstracts

The new date for the Institutional Research Day is 27 November 2013.

The call for abstracts has been extended, and the new deadline date is 4 October 2013.

Click here to see the full call for abstracts, and example of format required.

For further information, please contact Vaneshree Govender or on extension 2558.

Professor Suren Singh – inaugural lecture

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Congratulations to Professor Suren Singh who delivered his inaugural lecture on 2 August.  The title of his presentation was “Enzymes – the cyclic journey with a hot loving fungus“.

As an NRF C1 rated researcher, Professor Singh’s field of specialisation is in biotechnology, enzymes, science and technology and fermentation.  He collaborates nationally and internationally, and has an extensive publication record.

Congratulations, Professor Singh, on this auspicious event marking your research journey at DUT.


DUT research awards – call for nominations

This is a call to the DUT research community.  The DUT research awards, of which there are numerous categories, are now open for nomination.  

Click here to find information relating to the awards, which includes the application form as well as award categories and criteria.

We look forward to your participation. Please also circulate to colleagues and students who may not have access to email.

The closing date for these nominations is 30th September 2013.

Send completed nomination forms and all supporting documentation, clearly identifying this as Research Award Nomination, to:

Ms PC Cele (Email:

Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Technology, Innovation & Partnerships

Berea House, Gate 1, Steve Biko Campus.





Apple TV for Graphic Design

apple logoThrough the auspices and contacts of the DUTe-Skills Hub, the Core Group, official Apple distributors, conducted an iPad workshop for about 20 DUT academics on using iPads in education.

A spin-off of this training event was the Core Group’s decision to donate an Apple TV to the University.  This will be located in the Department of Graphic Design, Faculty of Arts and Design, on the City Campus.

Welcome DUT’s first Research Chair – Professor Thor Axel Stenstrom

Thor SondstromDUT was awarded its first SARChI (South African Research Chair Initiative) in Development and Optimisation of Wastewater Treatment Technology for Developing Economies. Professor Thor Axel Stenström is the SARChI Research Chair.  As the Research Chair, he will assist the University in increasing its research capacity driving its research strategy, as well as contributing to the Human Resource Capital Development of the country.


Professor Stenström completed his PhD at the University of Gothenburg  in 1989. During the last 35 years he worked at “the interface” between health and environmental questions, with a focus on water and sanitation. He has gained an international reputation in the areas of risk assessment and health-related environmental issues. His work included assessments of the barrier functions of water and wastewater processes in large and small-scale treatment, questions related to emergency response and multidisciplinary applied research, where technology and  health impact relating to the agricultural as well as social fields.


Before taking up the position at DUT, he spent his time as Chief Microbiologist at the Swedish Institute for Preventive Disease Control, as a Senior Research Fellow at the Bio-resource group of the Stockholm Environment Institute, and as a part-time professor at the University of Life Sciences, in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Norway. He is acting as an advisor for the World Health Organisation in Geneva, currently dealing with risk assessment and sanitation safety planning.


As an applied researcher he has headed and participated in research projects covering drinking water, wastewater and excreta, surface waters and integrated water, and wastewater management, both in industrialised countries and in developing economies. His work is related to drinking water and sanitation management practices in the combined interventions between diarrheal disease and dengue vector control in Asia and Latin America. He has been, and still is, supervising several PhDs, both in Scandinavia and from countries representing developing economies, and has examined PhD theses from Africa, Australia and Europe. He has an extensive publication record.

eThekwini-University Research Symposium

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eThekwini-University Research Symposium
21 – 22 November 2013
Southern Sun–Elangeni Hotel, Durban



The Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) and its university partners, Durban University of Technology (DUT), Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) and University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) invite submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations to the 2nd eThekwini-University Research Symposium.

The invitation is open to postgraduate students, academics and local government practitioners whose research is deemed relevant to eThekwini Municipality and local government in general. Abstracts submitted should relate to the broad symposium theme, “Towards Sustainable Livelihoods.”
Please email your abstract to:
Ms Nokwanda Nzuza

Submission deadline is Friday, 30 August 2013



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Have you published in 2013? Let us know!

Have you …

  • published:
    • an article?
    • a book?
    • a chapter in a book?
    • in a conference proceeding?
  • presented at a workshop/conference?
  • written a news media item?
  • created a creative work?

Please let us know so that this can be captured on the Research Information Management system.

In particular, this information is also needed for reporting to the Department of Higher Education and Training on publications in accredited sources.

Send an electronic copy of the publication, or a hard copy, to Ms Phili Cele,, or to Office of the DVC TIP, Berea House, Steve Biko Campus.

WOW, it’s World of Work time again

RIMS milestones: breakthrough in 2013

Two milestones have been reached recently in the Research Information Management project. This project is implementing a system to improve the efficiencies of the research systems and processes at DUT, as well as to provide data of integrity relating to research activities and outputs.

Firstly, the 2013 Research Outputs report to the Department of Higher Education and Training was generated directly from the system this year.  Congratulations to Phili Cele on this milestone.

Secondly, the first three postgraduate research proposals have moved through the postgraduate management processes directly on the system.  This started with the students developing their proposals on the e-form, submitting them to these to their supervisor who then accepted them and directed the proposals to departmental approval level.  From here they flowed through to FRC and IREC approval.  At IREC, minor corrections were required, were undertaken, re-submitted and approved.  They now await HDC ratification.  This is a major milestone.  Congratulations go to Professor CARIN NAPIER and her students – BERYL MAKHAYE, ANDILE MTOLO and L B MOTHEPU  from the Department of Food & Nutrition: Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Applied Sciences.

This department was the pilot for the faculty, and has sped ahead of all other pilot departments in other faculties.  A role model indeed!  Well done.

RIMS is the Research and Information Management System consortium, a consortium of HE institutions and research councils in South Africa, which aims to build research management capacity and provide data at a national level on research engagements and expenditure in the country.  DUT is a member of the consortium.

InfoEd is the platform used by the consortium.


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