Thanks to all the contributors to our site so far! Our previous bloggers for SAYAS were:


Aliza le Roux (Founder Editor of  SAYAS blog)


I became a zoologist because humans piqued my curiosity. I wanted to know why we use so many words – it’s just talk, talk, talk all the time… our evolutionary brothers and sisters are positively mute by comparison. I received my early training at Stellenbosch University and the University of Michigan, and my research “taste” has evolved over time. I am now much more excited about the animal mind than human chatter, and I established the Mammalian Cognition Research Group in at the University of the Free State’s Qwaqwa campus to come to grips with animal cognition. My students are studying bat-eared foxes in the Kalahari Desert, as well as jackals in Golden Gate Highlands National Park.  I am very jealous of the time they get to spend in the field. We’re also trying to mitigate the huge problem of road kill in South Africa, with the help of the Endangered Wildlife Trust. As principal investigator of a new research group — and a mother of one future biologist (I wish!) — I am, sadly, not in the field very often.

For me, communication remains at the heart of good science. This is why I’ve launched the SAYAS blogging series, in which we invite young scientists to sharpen their communication skills and shed some light on the workings of the scientific process.


Dorothy Ngila
Dorothy Ngila

Dorothy is a senior liaison officer at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) where she is primarily responsible for directing and implementing the Academy’s African collaborations, and its gender and STI portfolios. Dorothy serves on the Women for Science Working Group of the Network of African science Academies (NASAC). She was one of the compilers of Inquiry-Based Science Education: Increasing Participation of Girls in Science in sub-Saharan Africa Policymakers’ Booklet published by ASSAf in 2011. Dorothy has a Masters degree in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa and is currently studying towards a PhD in Science and Technology Studies at Stellenbosch University.

Karen Cloetekaren

Dr Karen Cloete has a PhD in Microbiology and is currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (LABS), National Research Foundation, where her research is focused on the biological applications of ion beam techniques. She has co-authored a number of international journal publications in multidisciplinary fields, has convened and lectured a module on writing scientific papers for MSc (MedSci) in Clinical Epidemiology students, and has also mentored and organized workshops for postgraduate students from various disciplines on academic writing. She believes in the power of science to affect positive change.

Srila Roy

thumb_DSC_1044_1024Srila Roy is Associate Professor of sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She uses a postcolonial and transnational feminist lens to research a number of themes including gender and sexuality; cultural memory, violence and trauma; social movements; and the politics of development and neoliberalism, much of which takes as its starting point the contemporary history of India/South Asia. She is the author of Remembering Revolution: Gender, Violence and Subjectivity in India’s Naxalbari Movement (Oxford, 2012), editor of New South Asian Feminisms (Zed, 2012) and co-editor of New Subaltern Politics: Reconceptualising Hegemony and Resistance in Contemporary India (Oxford, 2015). She has contributed to various blogs and news media outlets such as Al Jazeera, OpenDemocracy and Dissent. She tweets at @srilaroy.