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

Postgraduate students and postdoctoral research fellows

The SunSmart Research Programme and Lab encourages postgraduate students and postdoctoral research fellows to pursue research topics aligned to the unanswered questions in this field. We are able to assist you with developing a research idea, finding an academic institution and supervisors and, in some cases, funding to support studies.


Student name Institution Degree registration Start date Topic
Katlego Ncongwane UKZN Masters (Physics) January 2012 Solar UV radiation
Thapi Makgabutlane University of Pretoria Honours January 2013 Solar UV radiation
Victoria Nurse University of Pretoria Honours January 2014 Solar UV radiation exposure of marathon runners in South Africa
Mahlako Nkogatse University of Limpopo Honours January 2014 Solar UVR exposure of open cast miners


Project name Lead
Partners Start date Topic
South African Skin Photosensitivity Study CSIR January 2014 Assessing South Africans sensitivity to the sun for a range of skin types and ethnic groups
Costing skin cancer in South Africa CSIR Dagmar Whittaker, Louisa Gordon (Griffith University) January 2014 Calculating the costs of skin cancer in South Africa
SunSmart Schools CSIR CANSA, MRC April 2012 Assessing school and schoolchildren's sun-related behaviours and knowledge
UV and Biomass Burning CSIR April 2012 Consider the relationships between solar UV radiation and particulates during biomass burn events
UV: South Africa and Reunion CSIR UKZN, University of La Reunion April 2012 Compare solar UV radiation and human health impacts using ground-based and satellite solar UV data for South African and Reunion