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Daily life in Madagascar.

Scientific stopovers on the coastline of the Indian Ocean

Imagine yourself travelling along the coasts of the Western Indian Ocean… From the Cape of Good Hope to Zanzibar, via the long beaches of Mozambique and the Reunion Island idyllic lagoons, to the mangroves of Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya. These shores do not only inspire tourists forced into...

Rough sea.

A breath of invigorating sea air… carrying microplastics

A new study involving researchers from the CNRS, the Nelson Mandela University and the Strathclyde University (Scotland) provided evidence of possible microplastic transportation from the ocean to the surrounding atmosphere, by the waves and the wind. This marks a significant step for research and a...

Student training at the University of Western Cape, South Africa.

Call for Applications: Virtual workshop for African early career researchers

Apply to this virtual capacity building workshop before 17 August.

Dr Shadrack Ralekeno Moephuli, ARC CEO and Aurélien Lechevallier, Ambassador of France to South Africa, after the signature in Pretoria.

South African-French agricultural research cooperation gets a boost with tripartite agreement between ARC, CIRAD and INRAE

South African-French agricultural research cooperation has received a major boost with the signing of a ground-breaking new tripartite agreement.

Sociable weaver

Researchers build first AI tool capable of identifying individual birds

New research demonstrates for the first time that artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to train computers to recognise individual birds, a task humans are unable to do. The research is published in the British Ecological Society journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Laboratory work on emerging diseases.

Regional focus: Infectious diseases in the centre of the scientists’ target

Their names are Florian, Muriel, Andres, Veerle, Louis-Clément... Each morning, a community of IRD researchers working in Southern, Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean wakes up with a simple idea in mind: fighting communicable diseases which have significant effects on the region’s populations.

Chacma baboons.

Citizen science: a great tool for socio-ecological studies

A new study shows the multiple insights that citizens bring while participating in an ecological assessment. Involving the local population ensures both the creation of reliable data and a greater public support for scientific and conservation projects.

Call for projects.

CNRS Call - International Emerging Action

The CNRS launched its annual call for the creation of International Emerging Actions, one of its international collaboration tools.

Launching of a CTD-rosette.

[Meet a scientist] Moagabo Ragoasha: once an IRD scholarship holder, now an oceanographer in the SA-France network

Moagabo Ragoasha has just defended her PhD and is now a qualified South African physical oceanographer. Thanks to the IRD scholarship program, she had the opportunity to share her PhD time between France and South Africa. Let’s have a chat with her so she can share her experience with us!

Call for projects.

CNRS INSB call - International Research Projects and Networks

The 2020 call for the creation or renewal of International Research Projects (IRP) or International Research Network (IRN) in the field of biological sciences is open until July 7, 2020.

Soil preparation by cows before sowing the field with maize, in the foothills of Drakensberg, South Africa.

Report argues for land redistribution to create new jobs in agriculture in South Africa

Bruno Losch, political economist at Cirad based at the University of the Western Cape, contributed to this study highlighting the possibilities of job creations if South Africa chooses the path of a pro-poor land reform.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

[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.

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

Extreme solar UV radiation exposure in Cape Town

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