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 Mr Siyambonga Matshawule, nominated as a top young scientist, is selected to participate in a prestigious international meeting

Mr Siyambonga Matshawule, nominated as a top young scientist, is selected to participate in a  prestigious international meeting

Mr Matshawula presenting to an audience including Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Mr Siyambonga Matshawule, a lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been identified by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF) as a top young scientist to attend the 2016 Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting. Since January 2016, Mr Matshawule is a Next Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) lecturer at UWC, which is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training

The official announcement from the National Liaison Officer of the Academy of Science in South Africa reads as follows:

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has successfully nominated five top young scientists from South Africa to attend the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting later this year in Lindau, Germany.


SAf, as the official partner of the Lindau Foundation and with funding from the Department of Science and Technology, annually nominates young scientists to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings which are designed as a forum for young scientists from all over the world to have an in-depth exchange with Nobel Laureates.

 The South African young scientists are: Luyanda Noto (University of the Free State), Nicholas Engelbrencht (North-West University), Sphumelele Ndlovu (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Siyambonga Matshawule (University of the Western Cape) and Gregory Jackson (University of Cape Town). They will join 402 other young scientists from 80 countries to participate in this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

 Successful participants are outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate students and postdoctoral students under 35 years of age, in the field of physics, which is the focus of this year’s meeting. They were selected after a multi-stage international selection process, the results of which have now been announced.

 The meeting will take place from 26 June to 1 July 2016; a total of around 30 Nobel Laureates is expected to participate. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have been held annually at Lindau, Germany, since 1951. 


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