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Photo: Prof Roelf Mostert, Sir Prof Harry Bhadeshia, Prof Charles Siyasiya, Prof Pieter Pistorius and Dr Johan Westraad

Next-generation bainitic steel with remarkable properties was the central theme of a colloquium hosted by the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Pretoria on the 4th of December 2017. Sir Harry Bhadeshia, a global leader in metallurgy and the Tata Steel Professor at Cambridge University, was the main speaker. Sir Prof Bhadeshia was on a visit to South Africa as a result of an application made by the Microscopy Society of Southern Africa and the trip was funded through a NRF instrument.

The event was co-ordinated by the SAIMM Pretoria Branch. Approximately 50 metallurgists from all over South Africa participated in the discussions. Prof Roelf Mostert, the convenor of the event, said that the deliberations at the colloquium were extremely relevant to the South African metallurgical community and were sure to shape the future direction of steel research and development in South Africa.

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