What's New

What's New

Susi Vetter: People and the Environment

People are an integral component of almost all natural systems on earth, yet are often viewed as being ‘unnatural’. Research in natural systems often ignores the human aspect; alternatively, the human component of a system is accommodated as a function and within the context of a particular society.

Luthando Dziba: Should We Avoid the Management Trap?

A career in science faces challenges and opportunities both at individual and institutional levels. An additional dilemma of whether to continue with research or move towards management often confronts young scientists, and decisions here can drastically alter careers in science.

Megan Griffiths: Scientific Writing

Peer-reviewed articles (‘papers’) are the accepted means of recording and communicating ideas and findings in science. However, the process of scientific writing, especially for beginner scientists, is an arduous one, and scathing reviews of submissions often permanently discourage promising students.

Adrian Shrader: Writing a Project Proposal – the Academic Aspect

Within academic environments, project proposals rest most fundamentally on their scientific credibility. However, project proposals, especially at undergraduate or beginner-scientist level, often suffer from irrelevant information, a lack of logical progression, and unclear objectives.

David Ward: The Research Question

The research question is central to research, providing a point from which literature is reviewed and experiments are developed. This pivotal aspect of research is often not given the attention is deserves, and many research questions are later found to be essentially unanswerable, uninteresting to the scientific community, or even already answered in other research.