University of Pretoria - Research Review
University of Pretoria - Research Review
Part 3 - Researchers and research capacity

Faculties and research entities

Professor Sunil Maharaj
Dean: Jean Lubuma (from March 2015)
Professor Sunil Maharaj
Acting Dean: Professor Brenda Wingfield (August 2014 – February 2015

Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS)

NAS strives to be the leading science faculty on the African continent. It has a strong research-intensive identity and pursues active partnerships with key international institutions in all recognised fields of research in natural and agricultural sciences. In terms of the volume and research impact, the strongest performance is in the knowledge fields of Plant and Animal Sciences, Environment and Ecology, and Agriculture.

The depth and range of research endeavour is reflected in the 15 Research Chairs hosted by the Faculty and the 27 Institutes, Centres and Units.



Chair in Carbon Technology and Materials
Chair in Complex Systems
Chair in Fungal Genomics
Chair in Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Chair of Mammalian Behavioural Ecology and Physiology
Chair in Mathematical Models and Methods in Bioengineering and Biosciences
Chair in Statistics
Chair in Sustainable Malaria Control

Centres of Excellence

DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Food Security (co-hosted with University of the Western Cape)
DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Tree Health Biotechnology

Industry Chairs

Barclays Chair in Actuarial Sciences
Barclays Chair in Agribusiness Management
Exxaro Kumba Chair in Geodynamics
Mondi Chair in Tree Pathology
Rand Water Chair in Water Microbiology
SAFCOL Chair in Forestry
Sappi and Mondi Chair in Forest Genomics and Biotechnology


Institute of Applied Materials (jointly with EBIT)
Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI)
Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW)
Genomics Research Institute
Mammal Research Institute (MRI)
UP Water Institute


African Centre for Gene Technologies (ACGT with CSIR and WITS)
Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA)
Centre for Environmental Studies (CFES)
Centre for Geo-Information Sciences (CGIS)
Centre for Maths, Science and Technology Education (JCMSTE) – jointly with Education
Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG)
UP Natural Hazard Centre, Africa
Centre for Wildlife Management


Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Unit
Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU)


STATOMET (Bureau for Statistical and Survey Methodology)


Biomath Forum
Botanical Garden
Experimental Farms
Laboratory for Microscopy and Micro-analysis
Postgraduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development