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Strauss Roelf Dutoit

Affiliateship: 2018 - 2022

Cohort 3

Country (Nationality)

South Africa


Physical Sciences


I enrolled at the North-West University (NWU) in South Africa in 2003, completing my BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc and PhD degrees in physics, specializing in Space Physics, at the same institution. I was appointed as a junior lecturer in physics at the NWU in 2008 and promoted to lecturer in 2011 and to senior lecturer in 2014. After my PhD, during sabbatical leave periods, I completed two postdoctoral fellowships; in 2014, I was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship to the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany and in 2015 I was selected as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to perform research at the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR), located at the University of Alabama in Huntsville "Rocket City", USA.

My research is mostly computational in nature where we study, using complex numerical models, the propagation of charged particles in turbulent plasmas. These particles may be harmful to astronauts and damaging to any equipment in space, and we aim to predict the arrival of these hazardous particles. In the broader context, this is an essential part of space weather studies.