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Dr Gillian Arendse is an educational speakers and conference MC focusing South African education and nuclear physics.

Born in Paarl, Dr Gillian Arendse attended Nederburg Primary School and Paulus Joubert SS.

He studied at the University of Stellenbosch from 1989 – 1996, with a Ph.D (Experimental Nuclear Physics).

From 1997 to 2007, he was the lecturer in the Department of Physics at the University Stellenbosch where he went on to become the Manager of the Community Interaction and Training Division at iThemba Labs from 2008 to 2013.

His portfolio at iThemba labs consisted of Science Advancement – overseeing the activities aimed at promoting awareness and appreciation of science amongst learners, teachers, students and the general public as well as Communication – developing material to create a brand awareness (both internally and externally).

In 2014, he became the Head of the Centre for Mentor, Tutor and Leadership Development at Stellenbosch University.

Dr Gillian Arendse

Dr Arendse has spoken at the following events:

The Incentive Scheme Bursary Retreat – 17th of July 2014:

“Thank you very much indeed for interacting with the final year bursary students and graduates of this bursary program.

You connect so well with young people, but you don’t just entertain them – you also challenge them and ask thought-provoking questions, which should engage their minds even for some time after the Retreat.

Thanks for supporting us in our endeavour to prepare these science and engineering students for the workplace and to start building their future careers.”
The National Science & Technology Forum

NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards Gala Dinner – 3rd of July 2014:

“Thank you very much, once AGAIN, for your brilliant MC’ing at the NSTF-Billiton Awards Gala Dinner! You always keep it fresh and new by improvising.

We really appreciate the manner in which you not only direct the program efficiently but provide entertainment which our guests delight in and have come to expect at this event!”
Jansie Niehaus, Executive Director, National Science & Technology Forum

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