The CSIR is a multidisciplinary organisation with a vast range of science, engineering and technology competences, rooted in the minds of its qualified, experienced and renowned experts. The organisation’s range of expertise include broad fields of science such as mathematics; computer and information science; applied sciences such as urban and town planning; physical sciences; chemical sciences; earth and related environmental science; and biological sciences.
It also includes engineering and technological fields such as civil engineering; architecture; mechatronics; microsystems such as microfluidics; systems engineering; mining engineering; electrical and electronic engineering; mechanical engineering; chemical engineering; materials engineering; industrial engineering; and nanotechnology. The organisation also has expertise in health and medical sciences. In the agricultural sciences, expertise includes agricultural ecology, molecular diagnostics and agroprocessing. Expertise rooted in social sciences includes resource economics.
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The CSIR’s coastal engineering and port infrastructure (CEPI) group, situated in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, focuses on research in the marine and coastal engineering domain.
The road materials testing research group provides specialist testing services; develops innovative kits and customised equipment; and creates new technologies and testing procedures in support of
The CSIR’s research group for transport infrastructure management focuses on research, development and implementation in road asset management; vehicle load control; bridge management; heavy vehicl
The CSIR’s passenger transport research focus is on creating a competitive transport industry and improving safety and access in this industry, as well as localising public transport technologies.