To meet its mandate of improving the quality of life of South Africans, the CSIR relies on its most important asset, its people. The CSIR’s multidisciplinary nature positions the organisation to help solve the increasingly complex problems of our time. This multidisciplinary science, engineering and technology base is made up of individuals who are highly specialised in their respective fields. They are geneticists, virologists, software developers, polymer chemists, applied mathematicians and industrial engineers, just to name a few.
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Le Maitre investigates the impacts of ecosystem change on socioeconomic benefits, focusing especially on invasive alien plant species ecology and impacts, landscape hydrology and wildfire risks in the context of climate change.
Conradie’s research focuses on the design and development of new, and the use of existing bespoke software systems to support building performance analysis. He is a member of the Department of Correctional Services National Task Team that aims to reduce the risk of tuberculosis in correctional facilities throughout South Africa.
Kapangazwiri is a surface water hydrologist with over 15 years’ professional experience in diverse aspects of catchment hydrology, in particular hydrological and systems modelling in diverse basins in southern Africa.
Von Maltitz specialises in large, integrated multidisciplinary projects involving the interface between humans and natural resource management in the terrestrial environment.