Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

New-style star accretion bursts dazzle astronomers at NWU and around the world

The meaning of the term “accretion burst” is expanding. In a rare glimpse at how high-mass stars grow even larger, an astronomer from the North-West University (NWU) has been part of a 15-country research team that has observed star bursts – or growth spurts – previously unknown to humankind.

NWU Stalwart honored by the IFIP

Dr Lynette Drevin, Associate professor and subject chair at the School of Computer Science and Information Systems at the North West University (NWU) was awarded an IFIP Service Award during the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) General Assembly which was held from the 25th-28th June in Lisbon, Portugal

MSc student embarks on research to prevent car theft in SA

Vehicle security is a major concern in South Africa, especially with the latest national crime statistics revealing that more than 48 000 cars and motorbikes were stolen in the last financial year.

Smart station at NWU will monitor air quality and weather

Vanderbijlpark, a pollution hotspot, has been chosen as the location for a state-of-the-art observation station that will monitor both the weather and air quality.

NWU hosts Agri Teen Symposium

The North-West University (NWU) recently hosted an Agri Teen Symposium on its campus in Mahikeng.

Antibiotic resistance: Phages to the rescue

On 30 August 2019 the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Prof Collins Ateba from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences delivered his inaugural address titled "Phages to the rescue: A story with a ‘possible’ happy conclusion”. 

NWU women shine at prestigious science awards

The women of the North-West University (NWU) continue to shine in Women’s Month and their extraordinary achievements do not go unnoticed.

Research points the way to turn waste into biofuel

One man’s trash can truly be another man’s treasure. The North-West University (NWU), together with Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (BUW) in Germany, is working on ground-breaking research that will reduce waste and provide clean renewable energy.

PhD graduate’s research aims to increase the health of the Tswana goat

Animal health and production is usually a challenge in South African rural communities and particularly among Tswana goat farmers in the North West Province. For this reason, North-West University (NWU) technician and recent PhD graduate Mpho Tsheole set out to find a solution.

Prof Lebo Seru has big dreams for nanotechnology

There is nothing small about Prof Lebogang Katata-Seru’s ideas. She is currently working at North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Mahikeng as an associate professor in analytical chemistry and director for the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences. She believes that many of the country’s challenges can be solved through nanotechnology.