Department of Science & Technology
 National Research Foundation

Field trips

Field trip destinations are listed below; email to sign up for these. Please note that space is limited on some of these field trips, therefore places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. There are no charges to delegates for these field trips.

NB: please take note of the return time for field trips and plan accordingly considering when you are departing Durban on the 8th. Student presenters receiving transport support to attend are requested not to select a field trip which returns later than 2pm in order to ensure that you are able to embark on your return journey.

As most of these field trips are outdoors or include an outdoor component, please pack accordingly and bring sensible shoes, a rain jacket in case, a sunhat, and sunscreen. Packed lunches and water will be provided.

Field trip  Destination  Details  Times 
Marine & Coastal
Seaworld/ uShaka/ ORI
Oceans and climate change, including an introduction, coral lab work, guided aquarium tour, Q&A, & optional dolphin presentation. ORI discussion of sea level rise and engineering issues (a walk along the promenade) with an introductory presentation.
Grassland Trials  Ukulinga Grassland Trials – UKZN (PMB)
UKZN’s long-term mowing and burning trials and veld fertilisation trials which were initiated in 1950 and are still being maintained today for grasslands research, with increasing international reach.
07:00 – 13:00
Two Streams Catchment SAEON Two Streams Catchment - Greytown
The Two Streams catchment provides essential ecosystem services to many users of the catchment. SAEON researchers are using the site to investigate impacts of various land uses and crops on the catchment’s water resources. Begun in 1999, this is a long-term site providing important data for the management of water resources.
07:00 – 15:00
Newlands Mashu Research Site
Pollution Research Group - Newlands Mashu research site
The Newlands Mashu Agricultural Hub situated in Newlands was established in 2010 and functions as a bio-intensive vegetable production hub, following the agricultural service delivery model of promoting household food security, enabling people to create commercially sustainable economic opportunities through agriculture, and the redressing of imbalances. Training is provided on-site to members of the community in agricultural aspects. It is a site for integrated research on sanitation, decentralised wastewater treatment, nutrient recovery and recycling, and agricultural trials and resulted in the establishment of the Newlands Mashu Research Site.

07:00 – 13:00
Buffelsdraai Reforestation Project
eThekwini Buffelsdraai Community Ecosystem Rehabilitation
In November 2008, a ‘reforestation’ project aiming to offset approximately 42,000 tons CO2 equivalent was established as a natural carbon sink. The total offset is expected to be achieved over a 20-year period, and will take place in the buffer zone of the Municipality’s Buffelsdraai Regional Landfill Site. All reforested areas were previously either farmland (under sugarcane), with limited productive capacity, or infested with invasive alien plants.
07:00 – 13:00

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