Two plenary, four keynote speakers, fifty-six presentations, and eighteen posters were presented at CoSAAMI’19. All the papers were blind-peer reviewed by three reviewers and 50 papers were selected to be published in the IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Volume 655, October 2019. You can view the volume here: https://iopscience.iop.org/issue/1757-899X/655/1.
Only the 26 AMI student papers were adjudicated during the event. The five adjudicators who judged the student presentations and posters had some tough decisions to make due to the high quality of submissions received. Dr Jaco van der Walt from NECSA provided a synopsis of the submissions and the following criteria guided them in their selection:
- Did the presenter or the producer of his\her poster clearly describe the Scientific/industrial background? Were the aims (i.e. research question) clear in the presentation or poster?
- Did the presenter or poster focus on the aims and objectives in alignment with the literature review without too much emphasis on the literature review itself?
- Did the presenter\poster describe the experimental/modelling/analytical ability in enough detail? And were the results well interpreted, and was it well concluded?
- In regards to the presentation entries, the adjudicators also gave points for audience interaction, engagement and the use of audio visual aids.
Book voucher awards were presented by Dr Molefi Motuku CEO, Mintek and Mr Llanley Simpson DSI Director: Mining and Minerals Beneficiation to the following recipients:
Oral Presentation – First Prize- Ms Maria Mathabathe, University of Pretoria
Oral Presentation – Fist Prize Supervisor- Dr Sylvester Bolokang, CSIR
Oral Presentation– Runner up – Mr Khodani Ramabulana, University of Johannesburg
Oral Presentation – Runner up – Mrs Nicolene Roux, University of Pretoria
Poster – First Prize – Ms Chrestinah Mkhonto, University of Limpopo
Poster- First Prize Supervisor – Prof Hasani Chauke, University of Limpopo
Poster – Runner up – Ms Ntswaki Nyakane, Tshwane University of Technology
Poster – Runner up – Ms Elizabeth Conradie, North-West University
Appreciation was extended to the team of adjudicators (Jaco van der Walt (NECSA); Candice Coleman (DSI); Kofi Annan (UP); Wayne Bakkes (IMP); Reza Theunissen (ALS)) for their dedication and commitment to ensure that every student was assessed without bias.