About the programme
What is solar UV radiation?
What do we know?
Unanswered questions
Research publications
Research roadmap for SA
NRF Solar UV Radiation Symposium 2012
Research instrumentation
Organisations involved
Students and projects
Tools for Schools
Upcoming events
Useful links

About the programme

The SunSmart Research Programme and Lab is a co-ordinated set of research projects led by Senior Researchers at several universities, science councils and institutions in southern Africa.

The SunSmart Research Programme and Lab web site acts as host to these research projects and provides a way for researchers to collaborate, share ideas and collectively solve problems faced by society. It provides a gateway to information for students wishing to study, researchers wanting to collaborate, public health officials wanting up-to-date information and community members wanting validated advice derived from recent research.

On average, places in South Africa experience between 6 and 12 hours of sunshine per day. That is a maximum of
4 380 hours of sunshine per year. Of course, on heavily cloudy and rainy days, less sunshine reaches us, but generally, South Africans enjoy a frequent supply of blue skies and bright sun. What does this mean in terms of our potential exposure to solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation and related health risks?

The founder

Caradee Wright is a Principal Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in the Climate Studies, Modelling and Environmental Health Research Group, leading the environmental health research team. In 2012, Caradee was named by the Mail and Guardian as one of the top 100 young South Africans for her efforts to establish a SunSmart Research Programme and Lab in South Africa. View profile