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A couple taking in the view from Table Mountain, Cape Town.

11/05/20

We found high UV doses at high-altitude hiking trails in Reunion and Cape Town

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is important for life on earth and especially for humans.

Gov4Nano project.

30/04/20

South Africa leads the dynamic African cooperation with European research

The European Union H2020 Programme is coming to an end with not less than €80 billion dedicated to research and innovation over the last 7 years. The new framework programme, Horizon Europe, will follow from 2021 to 2027.

As a small rodent living in South Africa, the four striped-mouse, genus Rhabdomys , faces many challenges to live and breed. Nest-selection is particularly important for small creatures to hide from predators and protect the young.

22/04/20

Competing for nesting sites influences a species’ social evolution

As a small rodent living in South Africa, the four striped-mouse, genus Rhabdomys , faces many challenges to live and breed. Nest-selection is particularly important for small creatures to hide from predators and protect the young.

Palaeoanthropological excavation.

21/04/20

Modern men dressed with carnivore fur: a 100,000 year-old style in South Africa

Analysis of the remains of carnivores at the Diepkloof Rock Shelter site in South Africa has brought to light the oldest known traces of exploitation of feline fur by the first representatives of our species on the African continent.

Digital uses in Ghana.

06/04/20

African and Asian societies in the digital era

When did you last use your fingerprint as identification? When was the last time you had a look at WhatsApp? For most of us, these habits are part of our everyday life. Even though we are used to them today, they cause major disruption and changes, as all new technologies do.

Coronavirus

23/03/20

Covid-19 : expertise and IRD's partnership against the pandemic

The experience of IRD researchers in intertropical zones provides valuable lessons in terms of pandemic analysis, epidemiology, treatment and public health policy orientation.

Buoy on the deck.

19/03/20

[Meet a scientist] Pierrick Penven, the ocean at heart

Pierrick Penven and South Africa share a long history. The scientist has been studying the currents bordering the country for more than 20 years. We met him during his last visit in Cape Town, at the crossing of three oceans.

Little Foot at the Evolutionary Studies Institute, in Johannesburg.

16/03/20

The nearly intact ‘Little Foot’ first vertebra reveals previously unknown details about how Australopithecus lived

Meticulous excavation, cleaning and high-resolution micro-CT scanning of the skull of the ~3.67 million-year-old fossil specimen known as “Little Foot” has revealed the most complete Australopithecus first cervical vertebra yet found. A description of the vertebra by Wits researchers Dr Amélie...

Cape Town & Table Mountain

18/02/20

Extreme solar UV radiation exposure in Cape Town

[Research result] Study shows the danger for Capetonians and tourists visiting Table Mountain.

Excavation of Border Cave by the French - South African team

03/01/20

Early modern humans cooked starchy food, 170 thousand years ago (Wits University)

PRESS RELEASE - WITS UNIVERSITY French - South African study involving CNRS researcher The discovery also points to food being shared and the use of wooden digging sticks to extract the plants from the ground. “The inhabitants of the Border Cave in the Lebombo Mountains on the Kwazulu-Natal/eSwatini...

Pirogue

02/01/20

Trouver des approches pertinentes pour la gestion des ressources naturelles

The start of the year 2020 sees the creation of a new young team associated with the IRD in Southern Africa: ITANGO-MOZ (Innovative Tools and Approaches for Natural Resource Governance in Mozambique). The Maputo-based team aims at reflecting on current policies and practices and at defining tools...

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Presentation of IRD, CNRS and Cirad in Southern Africa

Since 2011, the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) have a joint office located in Pretoria, at the Innovation Hub. The French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (Cirad) joined this...

Delphine Thibault donnant une formation sur les planctons en Afrique du Sud.

Training and capacity building in Southern Africa

Guided by the twofold conviction that scientific research can offer solutions to development issues, and that development can be brought about by reinforcing scientific communities in the South, IRD makes a point of including capacity-building actions in the projects it undertakes. It also develops...

Vibration tests

Partnership in Southern Africa

In order to conduct their research, the IRD, the CNRS and Cirad cooperate with numerous research organisations and universities in Southern Africa and promote the creation of long-term partnership tools.

Teenagers experimenting science at the French School in Johannesburg.

Innovation and scientific culture in Southern Africa

Let’s disseminate science! The IRD-CNRS-CIRAD joint office in Southern Africa organizes several scientific culture events each year. Their objective is simple: bringing science to all and create dialogue between society and scientists.

HOMEN researchers excavating Bolt's Farm, near Johannesburg.

Research in Southern Africa

Research projects are defined and carried out jointly by the researchers and their counterparts in Southern Africa.

Macrotermes termite.

[Project] Role of diet in long-lived termite reproductives

January 2018 - December 2021 South Africa

A Zimbabwean village.

REHABS - Reconciling Ecological and Human Adaptations for a Biosphere-based Sustainability

June 2019 – June 2024 South Africa