UZKN PhD student Ms Nashipi Ntshanga won the award for the Best Oral Presentation at the 3rd National Conference on Global change
Some of the brightest young ‘green’ minds in South Africa gathered in Durban from 5-8 December to share, discuss and debate ways of sustaining the planet.
Hosted by UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, some 350 postgraduate students, academics and researchers from multiple disciplines and universities across the country, as well as relevant government officials, attended the 3rd National Conference on Global Change. Their purpose was to explore innovative solutions for complicated global challenges facing southern Africa around climate, water, food security, pollution, the environment, transformation, health and similar topics.
The conference forms part of the ten-year Global Grand Challenge designed by the Department of Science and Technology as a project for global science, and was co-sponsored with the National Research Foundation.
‘The Global Change Conference was very much about a transdisciplinary approach,’ said College DVC, Professor Deo Jaganyi. ‘The comprehensive and systemic approach taken demonstrates a commitment to understanding and managing our natural and social systems and preserving our heritage.’
A highlight of the programme was a presentation in the opening plenary by eminent climate change and sustainable development expert Dr Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Bangladesh, who spoke on ‘Reflecting on Climate Change Adaptation Science from a Developing Country Perspective’.
The four-day conference also included field trips to expose delegates to innovative programmes working to understand and mitigate any negative changes to the natural environment brought about by systematic global changes. Trips included exposure to KZN’s oceans, human settlements, catchments and grasslands.
UZKN PhD student Ms Nashipi Ntshanga won the award for the best Oral presentation at the conference.