​Dr Ruth Albertyn is currently involved in research and development in the field of doctoral education, postgraduate supervision, research methodology and academic writing. She graduated from Stellenbosch University with a Master's (Cum Laude) and her PhD was awarded in Adult Education in 2000. She is a research associate in the Centre for Higher and Adult Education in the Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University.

For seventeen years she lectured and supervised postgraduate students in the faculty of Community and Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape. She currently teaches research methodology in various disciplines and supervises students on a Master's and doctoral level. She is involved in capacity development workshops for academics at various universities in South Africa. She has been an external examiner for theses and dissertations and has published articles/book chapters in the field of adult and higher education both nationally and internationally.

In 2012 she obtained the Emerald literati award for outstanding review of an article in the International Journal for Researcher Development. Her current research focus is on doctoral education, postgraduate supervision and researcher development. She has co-edited two scholarly books: Pushing boundaries in postgraduate supervision for supervisors, students and institutions (2014) and Knowledge as enablement: Higher Education engagement in the third sector in South Africa (2015).​

Dr Albertyn has been co-presenting Article writing during the course of the doctorate since 2015 with Dr Christel Troskie-De Bruin.

Wayne A. Babchuk is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Departments of Educational Psychology (Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometrics Program), Anthropology, and Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) USA. He was recently selected to serve as Dean’s Professor of Teaching and Learning in the Inaugural Teaching Academy in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNL.  He holds a BS in Education, an MA in Anthropology, an MA in Adult and Continuing Education, and a PhD in Community and Human Resources from UNL. Dr. Babchuk is an applied research methodologist who teaches and conducts research on the history, epistemology, application, and instruction of qualitative research across disciplines, research ethics, grounded theory, ethnography, grounded ethnography, and mixed methods grounded theory.  He is also involved in several other research tracks including the study of interdisciplinary collaboration, teaching applied and development anthropology, Kalahari San land use and resource rights, student and instructor perceptions of the impact of social media on learning, research to practice links in minority health care, and the evaluation and assessment of teaching among faculty in post-secondary institutions. Wayne serves on numerous graduate supervisory committees specializing in training students in the design and application of qualitative research. He also serves as an Executive Board Member of the Kalahari Peoples Fund of southern Africa and for the Central States Anthropological Society. 

Dr. Babchuk presents the course Introduction to Qualitative Research Design (since 2017).

Dr ​Nelius Boshoff  has a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Stellenbosch University, on the topic of knowledge utilisation in the South African wine industry. He also holds a Master’s Degree (Cum Laude) in Research Psychology. Over the years he has worked extensively in the field of Science Studies, at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Stellenbosch University, where he is employed as a Senior Lecturer. He participated in various large-scale projects using both quantitative and qualitative methodology. Nelius is the author of a number of peer-reviewed articles in national and international journals and more than 80 research reports and contributions to research reports. His professional interests include studies of (1) the societal impact of research, (2) research collaboration and (3) bibliometrics with a focus on Africa. He is the Academic Co-ordinator of the postgraduate programme in Science and Technology Studies that is offered by CREST.

Dr Boshoff presents the course Intermediary SPSS – Between a novice and an expert, and has been teaching for the ADA since 2011.

Dr JP Bosman is currently Head of the Centre for Learning Technologies at Stellenbosch University . He trained in the field of Theology, obtaining a Doctorate in Old Testament and then teaching at the Faculty of Theology, SU before becoming involved in academic development work in 2004-2006 as a Senior Adviser e-Learning in the Centre for Teaching and Learning. In 2006-2008 he worked in the private sector as part of a start-up educational software company, Leaf Educational Designs. In 2008 he returned to higher education and his previous position as Senior Adviser e-Learning. 

Dr Bosman co-presents The Digital Scholar: Using emerging and multimedia technologies to further your research and teaching projects, with Prof Wim van Petegem (since 2017). 

Prof Jan Botha is a professor in the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at the University of Stellenbosch. He is the author and co-authors of three books (including the  book, Institutional Research in South African Higher Education. Intersecting Contexts and Practices, SUNMEDIA, 2016), 30 articles in academic journals and 24 chapters in scholarly books and has supervised five PhD and 16 Masters students. Until July 2014 he was Senior Director for Institutional Research and Planning at the University of Stellenbosch.  He served on national policy-making task teams, including the development of a national policy framework for higher education internationalisation in South Africa (2016), the national policy for joint international masters and doctoral degrees (2014), and the development of the national programme accreditation framework and criteria used by the Higher Education Quality Committee since 2004. He is a past president of the Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR). He regularly presents workshops on doctoral supervision, on higher education policy and management, and he has presented numerous papers and keynote speeches at national and international professional and scholarly conferences. His research interests include Higher Education policy and planning in South Africa, academic organization, postgraduate supervision, and the theory and practice of Institutional Research, academic authorship and research ethics.

He is co-editor (with NJ Muller) and co-author of the book, Institutional Research in South African Higher Education – Intersecting Contexts and Practices, published in 2016 by SUNMeDIA.

Professor Botha presents Doctoral supervision (Since 2015)

Prof An Carbonez is professor at the Leuven Statistics Research Centre (LStat) of the KU Leuven (Belgium). She obtained her PhD in Mathematics at the same university in 1992. She is the coordinator of the Master of Science in Statistics program of the KU Leuven. At the university, she is teaching academic courses on statistical software (R and SAS), Data and Statistical Modelling and Statistical Consulting. She is teaching short courses on Introduction to Categorical Data analysis, Linear Models, Cluster analysis and Principal Component analysis. She is also involved in statistical consulting projects and in customized statistical courses.

Prof Carbonez presents the course Essentials for "R" - an introduction.

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Dr Layla Cassim is a pharmacist who holds a PhD (Pharmacology) and MBA (cum laude). She has her own business, Layla Cassim ERS Consultants CC, which specialises in postgraduate and research development. Layla facilitates various research-related workshops, provides academic writing assistance and has developed the Postgraduate Toolkit on CD, which assists postgraduate students across disciplines to complete their research projects. Layla believes in making research as practical, integrated and user-friendly as possible, and uses an interdisciplinary, intersectional approach that highlights real-life examples and critical thinking.

Dr Cassim co-presents Preparing for the PhD: Considerations and planning your research project (Since 2015)

Riana Coetsee is currently the International & Early Career Research Funds Group Manager at Stellenbosch University. She obtained a Master's degree (cum laude) in French. Among other, she held the positions of Interim Regional Manager of the African Office for the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership and Executive Director for the South Africa-USA Fulbright Commission. A recipient of the Rector's Award for Professional Excellence, the United States Government Distinguished International Visitor's Award and the United Nations' award to the United Nations International Leadership Academy Programme, Riana has developed a full-day workshop for researchers on grant proposal writing which has been offered at international conferences and at various tertiary institutions across the world.

She recently wrote a chapter on grant proposal writing in the book “Get Ready…Get set..Go! (SunMedia 2017) aimed at doctoral students and supervisors.

Riana Coetsee presents the one-day course Grant proposal writing fundamentals and has presented for the ADA since 2016

Professor John Creemers is the Director of the Doctoral School of Biomedical Sciences at KU Leuven since 2012. As such he is responsible for the quality assurance of the doctoral research programs. He is also closely involved in the development of thematic and generic skills training. Since over 90% of doctorate holders will eventually leave academia, he has introduced several career development events to raise awareness and to stimulate the transition to the labour market. He also teaches the course ‘Scientific Communication’ to Biomedical students. In this course, they learn how to write a scientific IMRAD (Introduction, Materials &methods, Results And Discussion)-based article through analysis of the different components and specific practical exercises. In addition, the learn how to give a scientific presentation with slide show. 

Prof Creemers co-presents the course Effective communication; Presenting a poster, writing an article, and giving an oral presentation with Vicky Davis  (since 2017).

Vicky Davis obtained her B.A. Degree in Drama in 2002 before going on to complete her Honours degree (Directing) with Afrikaans and Dutch at the University of Stellenbosch the following year. Vicky later enrolled and obtained her Master's degree in Educational Theatre for the fighting of HIV/Aids. During her time as a student, Vicky won the Fleur du Cap award for the most promising student and received Fiesta nominations for best newly created Afrikaans production and best supporting actress. Vicky works as a director for the nationally broadcast Afrikaans lifestyle program Pasella and has also directed various theatre productions. In addition to writing for television and film, she has recently authored an award winning children's book.

Vicky Davis co-presents the course Effective communication; Presenting a poster, writing an article, and giving an oral presentation with Professor John Creemers. She focuses particularly on the confident public speaking aspect of the course (since 2016).

Dr. Susanne Friese specialises in methods and techniques of qualitative data analysis, especially in computer-aided qualitative data analysis. She started working with computer software for qualitative data analysis in 1992. Her initial contact with CAQDAS tools was from 1992 to 1994, as she was employed at  Qualis Research in the USA. In following years, she worked with the  CAQDAS Project in England (1994 – 1996), where she taught classes on The Ethnograph and Nud*ist (today NVivo). Two additional software programs, MAXQDA and ATLAS.ti, followed shortly. Dr. Friese has accompanied many projects around the world in a consulting capacity, authored didactic materials and is one of the principal contributors to the ATLAS.ti User’s Manual, sample projects and other documentations. Her book “Qualitative Data Analysis with ATLAS.ti” published with SAGE publications. In 2018 a new edition will follow that will cover ATLAS.ti version 8.

Susanne’s academic home is the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen (Germany), where she pursues her methodological interest. Her most recent publications are a paper entitled “Qualitative data analysis software: The state of the art, and one on “Computer-assisted Grounded Theory Analysis with ATLAS.ti”.

Dr Friese is the  presents the course Advanced qualitative data analysis with ATLAS.ti and has been presenting at the ADA since 2011.

Dr Nicoline Herman is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Stellenbosch University (SU) where she is involved in the professional learning of academics for their teaching. Her research interests centre on academic professional learning and aspects relating to teaching and learning in higher education. She is involved in the MPhil in Higher Education at SU and the PGDip in HE (T&L) in the Western Cape region. Nicoline is the facilitator of a monthly PhD discussion group for support staff at SU undertaking PhD studies with an educational research focus. She is a regular reviewer for national and international journals in the fields of higher education and professional learning.

Dr Herman co-presents on Preparing for the PhD: Considerations and planning your research project

Dr Maarten Ghequire obtained his PhD at the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics at KU Leuven in 2013, and he currently is a FWO postdoctoral fellow. His research topics of interest include (i) interbacterial competition mechanisms by proteobacteria, (ii) genome mining and identification of novel secondary metabolites in pseudomonads, (iii) protein antibiotic strategies for the treatment of CF lungs and burn wounds.

Dr Ghequire recently returned from a long research stay at the National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA), and is a volunteer board member and trainer-coach in the non-profit sector.

Dr Ghequire presents the course Scientific article writing for novices in the life sciences.

Dr Timothy C. Guetterman, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and applied research methodologist at the University of Michigan.  He holds a BS in Psychology and an MA in Education, both from The University of Iowa.  His PhD is in Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometric Methods with a specialization in mixed methods research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Tim’s research interests, scholarship, and teaching are in research methodology, namely mixed methods research.  His methodological research focuses on integrating qualitative and quantitative data, particularly using visual displays.  In addition, he serves on three U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded mixed methods studies. Tim’s empirical work uses mixed methods research to investigate the use of technology to enhance health communication. He also conducts research on teaching and learning mixed methods research in his role as evaluator and faculty for the NIH-funded Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences that aims to develop mixed methods researchers in the U.S.  He is the Associate Editor of Media Reviews for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research.  Tim has extensive professional experience conducting program evaluation with a focus on healthcare and educational programs.  

Dr Guetterman presents the course in Mixed Methods in Research Design (Since 2016).

Dr Sebastian Kernbach is a lecturer, project manager and visual coach at the University of St. Gallen and founder of the Visual Collaboration Lab. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy in Communication Science in which he focused on Visual Collaborative Knowledge Work in knowledge-intense collaboration in Professional Services Firms and Design Thinking.
His activities in research, teaching and consulting focus on the role of visual thinking and design thinking to support individuals, teams and organizations in their thinking and communication efforts, in particular knowledge workers, such as researchers, lecturers, consultants, coaches, etc. His seminars and lecturers at Bachelor, Master, MBA, PhD, and Executive level are highly interactive and set doing and action at the core of participants’ learning experience.
His own work experience ranges from large organizations such as Xerox, to a small startup in Zurich, to the world’s largest brand consultancy Interbrand. Next to the University of St. Gallen, he is currently engaged with an organization called “The School of Life” and with the International Symposium on Knowledge Visualization and Visual Thinking.

Dr Kernbach presents the course The Productive PhD - Creating structure, gaining clarity and overcoming blocks (Since 2017).

Dr Cindy Lee Steenekamp is a Senior Lecturer in the Political Science Department at Stellenbosch University. She holds a PhD (Stellenbosch University) on the topic of social capital and its development, dimensions and determinants in post-apartheid South Africa.

Her research focuses primarily on the World Values Survey and several elite surveys conducted around the world and include research interests such as comparative international politics, political behaviour, political culture, value studies, survey research and methodology. Cindy is the co-author of a book, several journal articles, research reports and occasional papers and has presented at a number of national and international conferences. She is also the member of various international research projects, including: Global democracy: Political institutions and cultural contexts (as a member of the Transformation Research Unit, SU) and Democracy in crisis? An analysis of (the decline of) regime support (joint research project with the University of Gothenburg, Sweden).

Dr Steenekamp has been presenting courses on SPSS since 2011 at the ADA and is responsible for Introduction to SPSS. 

Dr Christel Troskie-de Bruin specialises in postgraduate education and scientific writing and currently facilitates capacity building workshops for staff and postgraduate students at various South African universities. She is an independent research and development consultant with ASEV - a SAQA accredited service provider of research related short courses and a research associate at the Centre for Higher and Adult Education at Stellenbosch University. Dr Troskie-de Bruin has an Industrial Psychology background but obtained her Master's and her Doctoral degrees in Education from Stellenbosch University. She is registered with the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP).

Dr Troskie-de Bruin has over 18 years' experience of research in higher education and over 25 years' of facilitating training and development workshops. Christel lectured in research methodology at various institutions across Africa, including but not limited to Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch University's Graduate School of Business, UNISA School of Business Leadership and the University of the Free State's Department of Psychology. She has supervised Master's and Doctoral students and is external examiner of theses and dissertations. 

Dr Troskie-de Bruin co-presents Article writing during the course of the doctorate with Dr Ruth Albertyn (Since 2016).

Joubert van Eeden is a Senior Lecturer at the Stellenbosch University since 2006, and lectures in Project Management and Supply Chain Management.  His interests include supply chain planning and the development of supply chain strategies. He also has experience in macro-economic modelling and research of the freight industry. He obtained an MSc Eng (Industrial Engineering) in 2002 and an MBA in 2007, both from Stellenbosch University.  He has presented several papers at conferences on the topics of business information systems and supply chain management.

Joubert has experience in managing projects related to information systems implementation, business process re-engineering, supply chain management and strategy formulation.  He has spent several years in industry managing projects in the cement, automotive, information systems and transport industries. Joubert teaches project management principles to students, industry and academic personnel on a frequent basis.

Joubert van Eeden presents the one-day course Project Management: Planning and Execution for your PhD.

Prof Wim Van Petegem holds an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ghent (Belgium) and one in Biomedical Engineering from the KU Leuven (Belgium). He got his PhD in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven in 1993. His current research interests are in the field of multimedia production, new educational technology, networked e-learning, virtual mobility, lifelong learning, open and  distance learning, knowledge transfer, innovative entrepreneurship and science communication. He and his team are involved as contractor, partner, coordinator, expert, or evaluator in many implementation and development projects mostly financed by the European Commission (DG Education and Culture). He is also heavily engaged in development cooperation with the South, and volunteer board member of several non-profit organizations.
Prof Van Petegem presents The Digital Scholar: Using emerging and multimedia technologies to further your research and teaching projects (Since 2016).

Dr Lauren Wildschut is Deputy Director of the Evaluation Research Agency and is the Academic Coordinator of the Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation at Stellenbosch University. She holds a Master's degree in philosophy and completed her Doctoral degree having researched the use of logic modelling in the evaluation of NGOs. Lauren taught for 10 years in the department of Sociology at Stellenbosch University, focusing on programme evaluation and qualitative data analysis for social science research. Drawing on this experience, Dr Wildschut has  conducted training in programme evaluation, interviewing, logic modelling and computer-aided qualitative data analysis all across Africa.

Dr Wildschut has been involved with the ADA since 2010 and presents the course Introduction to qualitative data analysis with ATLAS.ti.


Past Presenters - our illustrious 'Alumni'

Professor Max Bergman obtained a BA from the University of California, a Diplôme d'études supérieures en science politique from the University of Geneva, and a PhD from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University. He was a lecturer Cambridge University until 2000, and head of research and methodology at the Swiss Information and Data Archive Service for the Social Sciences (SIDOS) between 2000 and 2004. Prior to this, he held teaching and research posts at Cambridge University and the universities of Essex, Florence (European University Institute), Geneva, Lausanne, and Zurich. Max is editor of the Swiss Journal of Sociology (SEISMO) and the Journal of Mixed Methods Research (SAGE; with D. Mertens). He is a member of the board of the Swiss Sociological Association and the Swiss Evaluation Society. Currently, he holds the chair of Social Research and Methodology at the University of Basel, and is also a visiting professor at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Prof Bergman's main research interests are on sustainability and global studies, particularly the interdependence of society, business and government in a globalized world. In pursuing policy-relevant and change-oriented research relating to societal sustainability, Max and his team are working on a new social science research approach entitled Social Transition Research (STR). Prof Bergman has both taught and published on quantitative, qualitative and mix methods research.

Professor Bergman presented Mixed methods research and design as well as Interviewing and qualitative data analysis.

Professor Dirk Berg-Schlosser has been professor and Director of the Institute of Political Science as well as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Philipps-University, Marburg / Germany. He has researched and taught at the universities of Munich, Aachen, Augsburg, Eichstaett, Nairobi, Stellenbosch, South Africa and Berkley. From 1988 to 2000 he was the chairman of the Research Committee on "Democratization in Comparative Perspective" of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). From 2003 to 2006, Dirk was Chair of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and from 2006 to 2009 he held the vice-presidency of IPSA. Currently, Dirk is the coordinator of the IPSA Summer Schools on Research Methods at the universities of Sao Paulo, Singapore and Ankara.

Professor Berg-Schlosser's research interests include political culture, empirical democratic theory, Third World studies, comparative politics and comparative methodology.

Professor Berg-Schlosser has previously presented the course Comparative research designs and methods.

Prof Eli M Bitzer is an emeritus Professor of higher education and a past director of the Centre for Higher and Adult Education in the Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is a past president of the South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education (SAARDHE), a consulting editor of the South African Journal of Higher Education and leader of several research and development projects into different aspects of higher education.

He is a rated researcher in the established researcher category of the (South African) National Research Foundation and has been a study leader and promoter to more than 45 master’s and doctoral students. He has examined over 50 master’s and doctoral studies for other universities. He has also contributed more than 73 articles to accredited scholarly journals and 16 chapters to academic books. His most recent books as chief editor include ‘Higher Education in South Africa: A scholarly look behind the scenes’ (2009), ‘Curriculum inquiry in South African higher education: Some scholarly affirmations and challenges’ (in 2011, edited with N Botha) and ‘Pushing boundaries in postgraduate supervision’ (in 2014, edited with BL Frick, R Albertyn, B Grant and F Kelley) and ‘Engaging higher education curricula:  A critical citizenship education perspective’ (in 2015, co-edited with E Costandius). Professor Bitzer chaired three  international conferences on postgraduate supervision held at Stellenbosch over the last  eight years and published widely on the topic in South Africa. He is a regular presenter at both national and international conferences and has a keen interest in promoting the quality of postgraduate research and supervision.

Prof Bitzer co-presented Becoming a University Lecturer - Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Dr Joy de Jong is the manager of the Nijmegen Center for Academic Writing and has been an academic writing teacher for over 25 years. She devises and presents workshops, courses and individual tutoring for BA and MA students, PhD candidates and supervisors. Joy has worked with PhD candidates in the Netherlands (Utrecht, Nijmegen, Wageningen) and countries such as Surinam, Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa. In these courses, students are supported in developing more efficient writing strategies which lead to more effective and goal-directed processes and products. In 2006, she completed her PhD thesis on supervisory conversations (Outspoken complexity: Interaction between thesis writers and supervisors). Her study broadened the knowledge of effective ways to support academic writers. In 2011 her Handboek Academisch Schrijven (Handbook of Academic Writing) was published. In this book, Dr de Jong describes definitions, goals, criteria and procedures for the four major steps in academic writing processes: clarification of the task / assignment, making a research plan, doing the research and writing the text (orientation, planning, writing and rewriting).

Dr de Jong has previously presented the course The art of scientific writing - Writing a proposal, paper, dissertation or thesis in an attractive and efficient manner.

Prof Raymond Desjardins is program chair of the Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering at Polytechnique Montreal, Canada. After working for several years as a consultant both for the Quebec government and within industry, Raymond became professor in the Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering at Polytechnique Montreal. Prof Desjardins' research interests focus on the treatment and distribution of drinking water. Prof Desjardins has contributed to the development of several major research programs at Polytechnique Montreal. Amongst them is the Research Center for the Development and Validation of Water Treatment Technologies (CREDEAU) - a program initiated and directed by Prof Desjardins. The CREDEAU has brought together experts and graduate students from several universities in Quebec, addressing the problems of safe drinking water, waste water treatment and industrial effluents. Prof Desjardins' expertise and communicative enthusiasm are greatly appreciated both academically and within popular media.

Prof Desjardins presented the course Leading a doctoral research project.

Prof Aslam Fataar is the Vice-Dean: Research, Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University. He is the author of two books, the editor of the accredited journal, Southern African Review of Education and the outgoing president of the South African Education Research Association. Prof Fataar does research in the Sociology of Education and Education Policy Studies.

Prof Fataar presented the course Curriculum knowledge selection and pedagogical justice.

Prof Magda Fourie-Malherbe is Professor of Higher Education Studies in the Centre for Higher and Adult Education at Stellenbosch University. She is an alumna of the University of the Free State, and has worked at various public higher education institutions in South Africa as a researcher, lecturer, supervisor and higher education manager for almost 30 years. Her research includes work on higher education governance and management, teaching and learning, and academic development.

Currently 16 post-graduate students are doing research under her supervision, mainly on institutional conditions that enhance or inhibit student success. She has presented papers at 28 international and 20 national conferences and has authored and co-authored more than 30 contributions to scholarly journals, books and research reports.  She is a member of a number of professional associations, including the Consortium for Higher Education Researchers and the European Association for Institutional Research.

Prof Fourie-Malherbe co-presented Becoming a University Lecturer - Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Prof Michael Gibbert is professor of marketing at the communication department at the Universita' della Svizzera Italiana at Lugano, and was previously an associate professor at Bocconi University in Milan. Michael's Ph.D. research - conducted at St Gallen University in Switzerland - triggered his interest in case study research and was published in Organizational Research methods, Strategic Management Journal, as well as several books with Wiley and Blackwell, and Elgar.

Prof Gibbert's marketing research uses quantitative methods and is published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Cognitive Science and Industrial Marketing Management. His research on product innovation management uses field studies and is published in Journal of Product Innovation Management, Research Policy as well as in practitioner journals such as the MIT Sloan Management Review and the Wall Street journal.

Prof Gibbert presented Designing, doing and publishing case studies.

Marina Joubert is a science communicator practitioner and researcher exploring the practice, theory and evolution of science communication in South Africa. She studied science and journalism at Stellenbosch University and University of Pretoria. Her career started at the National Research Foundation in 1989 and she launched her own science communication consultancy in 2005. After working as a science communicator manager and consultant for more than 20 years, Marina joined Stellenbosch University in January 2015 to take on new research and capacity building challenges in the field. She was instrumental in developing and launching the first online course in science communication in Africa at the beginning of this year. She is an executive member of the scientific committee of the global PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) network and serves on the editorial board of the journal Science Communication.

Marina Joubert has previously presented the course Communicating your research to policy makers, funders and the wider audience.

Dr Magdalena Ngaiza is a senior lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam.  Dr Ngaiza specializes in Gender and Women studies, Poverty Alleviation, Research Methodologies and Information Science. Throughout her career, Magdalena has trained graduate students in participatory research (1996-2000), NGOs, communities and graduate students in action research (2000-2010). Dr Ngaiza also lectures gender studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Dr Ngaiza has partnered with a number of NGOs, working towards women empowerment and poverty alleviation. She has also served as a trainer and consultant on the issues of gender and development. 

Dr Ngaiza presented the course Participatory action research for development.

Prof Jan Paeshuyse obtained his PhD at the Rega Institute, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium in 2006 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rega institute, KU Leuven until 2015. During these stages in his career his major research topics were (i) the study of novel antiviral strategies against hepatitis viruses; initially using the bovine viral diarrhea virus as a surrogate model for hepatitis C and (ii) antiviral therapy of bovine viral diarrhea virus and classical swine fever virus in cows and pigs, respectively. Hence he obtained expert research skills on the viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase as a target for antiviral therapy, cellular co-factors interacting with the RdRp and template RdRp interactions. From October 2015 he heads the Laboratory of Host Pathogen Interactions which is the newest addition to the division of Animal and Human Health Engineering of the faculty of bioscience engineering at the KU Leuven. 

Prof Paeshuyse presented The Start-to-Finish Guide to Research Projects for Starting Agri-Scientists.

Professor Alice Pell obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1972 before going on to acquire a Master's degree from the Harvard Graduate school of Education the following year. In 1982, Alice obtained her Master of Science degree from the University of Vermont and immediately began pursuing her doctoral degree at the same university. Professor Pell was awarded her doctoral degree by the University of Vermont in 1984. Most of Professor Pell's research has focused on tropical farming systems, with an emphasis on African and Asian implementation. Recently, her focus has been on an interdisciplinary project on the relationship between poverty and environmental degradation in the densely populated Kenyan highlands. This project has involved working with economists, soil scientists and rural sociologists and has been facilitated by a partnership between the Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute, the International Center for Research in Agroforestry and the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development.

Professor Pell has previously presented the course Inter-disciplinary doctoral supervision.

Dr. Koen Plevoets is the FLAMES Statistics Research Centre coordinator at KU Leuven. He holds degrees in Master in Artificial Intelligence and in Master of Statistics, and in 2008 he defended his PhD on the morphological variation in colloquial Belgian Dutch. From 2010 until 2016 he worked on several projects on corpus-based translation and interpreting studies. His research interests are the cognitive load and disfluencies of interpreters. He is the author of the R packages corregp and svs.

Dr Plevoets presented the course Essential Tools for R

Prof Brigitte Smit is a National Research Foundation (South Africa) rated researcher and professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Management at the University of South Africa. She teaches Educational Leadership and Management and Qualitative Research using the ATLAS.ti software. Prof Smit serves on four international editorial boards and has published in national and international journals. Selected research projects include novice teachers in the workplace, teacher identity, the culture of schooling and school performance feedback.

Brigitte's current research focuses on leadership in disadvantaged schools. The intent of this study is to broaden the scope of this topic in order to place greater emphasis on female leadership both in rural and urban schools in South Africa. Prof Smit was the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Reviewer Award: American Educational Research Journal: Social and Institutional Analysis - American Educational Research Association, and the 2015 Research Medal of Honour, which was awarded by the Education Association of South Africa. In 2014 she was a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Prof Smit presented Introduction to qualitative data analysis using ATLAS.ti.

Dr Sonja Strydom is a Senior Advisor at the Centre for Learning Technologies at Stellenbosch University. Dr Strydom  has worked in various fields of education both locally and in the United Kingdom and is particularly interested in the sustainable integration of learning technologies in learning and teaching. She teaches on a number of regional professional development courses and coordinates all blended learning initiatives across faculties at SU. Dr Strydom also works in the Faculty of Education where her main focus remains on the integration of technology-enhanced tools for pre- and in-service teacher training. Her recent research focuses on mobile learning literacy, e-portfolios as reflective tools and the integration of a blended mode of delivery in curriculum development. Dr Strydom is currently in the process of completing a PhD in Curriculum Studies that investigates the role of agency in technology-enhanced curriculum development.

Dr Strydom co-presented Becoming a University Lecturer - Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Prof Przemko  Tylzanowski completed his undergraduate training at the Warsaw University (Poland) and Free University in Brussels (Belgium). Subsequently he moved to Northwestern University in Chicago (USA) were he obtained my PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology. His thesis, carried out under the supervision of Prof. Arthur Veis investigated the cotranslational assembly of a protein member of extracellular matrix, collagen type I. He returned to Belgium for his postdoc and worked in the lab of Prof. Joseph Merregaert. His project involved a search for novel molecules associated with the induction of bone and cartilage using subtractive hybridization and PCR-Display technologies as well as differential 2D protein electrophoresis. He then moved to the lab of Prof. Danny Huylebroeck were I began working on TGF-beta and BMP signaling in development using mouse genetic models. Finally in 1999 he joined the Lab of Skeletal Development and Joint Disorders (LSD & Joints) headed by Prof. Frank Luyten. There he was able to pursue his interests in bone biology using mouse, chicken and zebrafish model systems. From 2004 he has his own group at LSD & Joints whose research focuses on BMP and Wnt signaling in limb development and synovial joint formation.

Dr Claudius van de Vijver holds a Master's degree in eco-physiology and Savannah ecology awarded by the University of Utrecht. The same university awarded Claudius a degree in didactics. Claudius acquired his PhD from Wageningen University in 1999 after having researched the effects of fire on savannah dynamics in Tanzania. After his PhD, Dr vande Vijver participated in a post-doc research project at the University of Cape Town where he studied savannah dynamics in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.

Since 1998, Dr vande Vijver has been responsible for the PhD programme of graduate schools at Wageningen University. In this position, he is responsible for PhD capacity building, both of in-depth knowledge and skills and competence development. In 2012 he began running a series of capacity building programmes at university level for junior and senior academics.

Dr van de Vijver has previously presented The art of scientific writing - Writing a proposal, paper, dissertation or thesis in an attractive and efficient manner and Efficient and Effective Academic Development

Professor Susan van Schalkwyk (PhD) is Director at the Centre for Health Professions Education (HPE), in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University where she is involved in supervision of postgraduate students and faculty development. Her research interests cover a range of aspects relating to teaching and learning with a specific focus on postgraduate studies and academic writing. She is an active member of the HPE community of practice both within South Africa and beyond its borders, serving on the BEME (Best Evidence Medical Education) review committee, the AMEE Research Committee, and the editorial boards of three HPE journals. She is also has a NRF rating and has published extensively both nationally and internationally.

Prof Van Schalkwyk co-presented Preparing for the PhD: Considerations and planning your research project.

Jan Vorster is chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology and lectures in social research methods and poverty issues. He completed research projects on the labour situation of farm workers and strategies for poverty alleviation, including work on social security and pension reform. Jan conducted several studies on socio-economic conditions in rural Western Cape to support communities in their efforts to realise development goals. He regularly participates in programmes to enhance research capacity amongst civil servants and NGOs. Jan is currently involved in research on the impact of social assistance grants and state housing and acts as evaluator of research projects for state departments.

Jan Vorster has previously presented the course Survey methods and sampling.


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