Director: Professor Philip A.R. Hockey
The Percy FitzPatrick Institute (Fitztitute) is one of seven DST/NRF National Centres of Excellence recognised by the National Research Foundation in the field of science and technology in South Africa. This status recognises the excellence of its contributions to Biodiversity Conservation through research, teaching, outreach and advising government and private sector bodies. This is achieved through promoting and undertaking scientific studies involving birds, and contributing to the theory and practice of maintaining biological diversity and the sustainable use of biological resources. The research programme covers topics which contribute to the development of a knowledge base focused on a variety of crucial questions relating to Understanding Biodiversity and Maintaining Biodiversity the two core themes of the programme. The Fitztitute has extended the boundaries of the programme through collaboration with an international network of researchers from institutions as diverse as University of California, Berkeley, Cambridge University, the University of Lund, Sweden, and the CNRS, France. The Fitztitute's postgraduate programme in Conservation Biology has trained some 200 MSc students over the last 18 years - 85% of these past students are now following careers related to the conservation of biodiversity around the world.