Facilitator: Prof David Katerere is the Research Platform Chair for Pharmaceutical and Biotech Advancement in Africa (PBA2) at Tshwane University of Technology and Chair of PharmaConnect Africa, a non-profit organisation which is a premier convenor of the pharmaceutical industry in Africa.


Target Group: Emerging Researchers, Masters and Doctoral Candidates


The objectives of the workshop are to introduce and provide the participants with knowledge and strategies which will allow them to:

  • Conceptualize their research ideas
  • Understand the basics of proposal writing as the first step in thesis writing
  • Conduct literature reviews and synthesize the literature
  • Identify the research questions and formulate proper hypothesis and objectives
  • Understand and appreciate the differences between qualitative and quantitative research designs and selecting appropriate methods
  • Gain confidence in academic writing and science communication in general


Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowledge of mind-mapping techniques and how to use them to develop a concept
  • Working knowledge ideation, concept development and putting it down on paper into a coherent proposal
  • Time and resource management in the research proposal writing process
  • The do’s and don’ts of proposal writing
  • Critical appraisal of literature and ability to write review papers as a basis for proposal writing
  • Knowledge of databases and reference management


Requirements: The workshop is highly interactive and participants are asked to complete the pre-course assignments. Continued mentoring is also offered after the course.


This workshop is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) through the University Capacity Development Grant (UCDG)


Workshop Information

13 - 15 June 2022
New date: 4-6 July 2022


Online via Zoom

Registration for this workshop is closed.

Kindly note: The maximum capacity of this workshop is 30 participants.

Enquiries: Jadine Januarie