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1st IPHAKADE Annual Workshop "Water Works 2015"

Water Works 2015

The 1st Annual Scientific Iphakade WATER WORKS Workshop** was organised and held from Monday, 2 - Friday, 6 November 2015 at the University of the Free State - Bloemfontein, SA.

This workshop built on the previous 10 (ten) Annual Scientific Inkaba yeAfrica Workshops.  It focused on water and its importance in the biosphere. Themes have been developed around the hydrological cycle, addressing the importance of water in each component of this cycle, as well as its sensitivity to impacts from human activity.  Specific focus was placed on the water challenges faced in South Africa

Themes included: climate and the potential effects of climate change on water resources;  the impacts of mining, industry, agriculture and the energy sector on water resources;  management of our water resources; water, human rights and dignity;  earth stewardship science and the future of water in Africa and the world.

Inkaba/Iphakade* students and supervisor delegates with substantial research results to report on, presented.




10th Inkaba yeAfrica Scientific Conference/Workshop : 29 Sept - 3 Oct 2014, Matjiesfontein - Karoo, SA     

* FUTURE EARTH 2014 *     

Iphakade and Earth Stewardship Science
Space, Energy, Minerals, Rocks, Soils, Air, Water, Food, Life, Strain

incl. Short Course in Shale Gas and Field Trip


was the coordinating theme for the 10th Inkaba yeAfrica Scientific Conference/Workshop held from 29 September - 3 October 2014, Matjiesfontein - Karoo, SA.  Inkaba yeAfrica is now well into Phase III's second academic year, 2014 - and into its 12th year overall.  The annual Inkaba yeAfrica and !Khure Africa Scientific Conference/Workshops are concerned with reporting significant research results over the DST/NRF financial periods (i.e. 1 April - 31 March).  For the 2013/14 period a limited number of 60 Inkaba Students only could be invited.  Student Posters presented (and on display) included 1 Postdoc, 24 PhD, 23 MSc and 5 Hons) reporting on both the Inkaba yeAfrica and !Khure Africa Programmes of DST and NRF (observers included 1 PD, 1 PhD and 1 MSc).  Both these two programmes are managed by AEON (Africa Earth Observatory Network) which is based at the Faculty of Science, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape - SA (note Photo Galleries below). 

Guest of Honour was Prof. Jan van Bever Donker, now officially retired Dean of Science : UWC (University of the Western Cape) and a highly commendable Supervisor and Mentor to a large group of MSc and PhD Inkaba students at UWC.  Prof. Van Bever Donker's Invited Lecture covered the Role of the Geoscientist in the quest for Energy Resources in SA. Special Guests (and speakers) were Mr Robert Kriger, Executive Director : Special Projects (NRF), Dr Marco Andreoli (Necsa and UJ) and Prof. Erik Holm (UP and well known entomologist in SA).   

A special highlight at this year's workshop included a Shale Gas Day on Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - packed with student presentations on baseline studies done by the Karoo Shale Gas Group at NMMU with Prof. Maarten de Wit as Group Leader (and Chair for this Conference/WS10).  The afternoon covered a Shale Gas Field Trip with five (5) representatives from the Laingsburg Town Council.  A small group of secondary learners paid a brief visit to the 54 Poster display (in combination with 1-1 explanations by students) (note picture above) The day concluded with an Official 'Karoo' Braai ifo the Hotel joined by the Mayor of Laingsburg, Mr Wilhelm Tromp and continuous networking by students in the background (note Photo Galleries below).

With the 46-room Lord Milner Hotel fully booked, an overflow of 22 students were accommodated at the Rietfontein Nature Reserve (next door farm) and the UCT Field School in the Laingsburg area.  Attendance had to be limited to a maximum of 70pp at the Conference Centre of the nostalgic Matjiesfontein Station (next to Museum) in this small historical village of Matjiesfontein in the Karoo

Latest updates (incl. ppt's of all talks/presentations (with audio) and posters) will indefinately be available on the dedicated 10th Inkaba yeAfrica Scientific Conference/Workshop website,

Photographic overviews of daily events on the Photo Galleries webpage (follow links below).



Group pictures of Delegates who attended the 10th Annual Inkaba yeAfrica FUTURE EARTH Conference/Workshop in Matjiesfontein (Karoo), from 29 September - 3 October 2014. 

Photo links :     Photo Galleries   OR   ZIP of all photos: Small (37 MB) or Large (85 MB)

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