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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Roberts’ interests are in geotechnical and rock engineering, particularly the application of non-linear numerical modelling to problems such as rockmass behaviour at ultra-depths and the rockmass response to novel mining methods.
Le Maitre’s research focuses on the linkages between biodiversity, ecosystem services and land-use, centering on ecohydrology and water resources, the impacts of plant invasions and improving the efficacy of invasive plant species management.
Gumede’s research interests are in understanding the mechanisms that drive chronic inflammation and fibrosis, including skin, lung and cardiac fibrosis, using stem cell-derived models.
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.