Given the breadth and depth of research at Wits, no single publication of this sort can hope to cover all that happens within the institution, but we do profile some specific success stories. The rest of the report is intended to be indicative of the sort of research conducted at Wits, to suggest the kind of projects in which we are involved and to advise on where to seek further information.
To build a world class university that can be at the cutting edge and serve as an interlocutor to the global academic debates requires the pragmatic implementation of a simple formula: the appointment of good academics.
Built on a strong foundation of excellent research, we have seen an immense convergence of disciplines, schools, faculties, institutions and research communities – local and global working together to solve complex problems facing our society.
One of the landmark events in our country in 2011 was the COP17 Climate Change Conference held in Durban, in which Wits scientists were involved. This has inspired us to adopt a broadly green theme for the 2011 Report
The 2010/11 Research Report is produced retrospectively and it has been compiled to make visible some of the world-class research conducted at Wits, and to provide an indication of the University’s diverse research agenda.
Wits' research reports present a range of textual and visual information, which we hope will make for a publication which is more accessible to both academic and other readers.
Wits University had 16 National Research Foundation A-rated scientists at the end of 2008. They are from left to right: Profs. Norman Owen-Smith, Duncan Mitchell, Darrell Comins, Yevhen Zelenyuk, Arthur Every, John Pettifor, Beric Skews, Isabel Hofmeyr, David Glasser, Diane Hildebrandt and David Lewis-Williams. Not pictured are Profs. Belinda Bozolli, Jill Adler, Thaddeus Metz, John Maina and Claire Penn.