The invaluable contributions of two CMR scientists were celebrated at the NMMU Research, Teaching and Engagement Awards 2013, held at the Boardwalk Convention Centre last week. Prof Janine Adams was awarded the Science Faculty Researcher of the Year, and also, across the institution, as the NMMU Researcher of the Year, in recognition of her fantastic, high-impact work in the field of marine botany and shallow water ecosystems, particularly estuaries in South Africa. Dr Ronel Nel was presented with the NMMU Emerging Engagement Award because of her numerous multi-national interactions and collaborations, particularly in her sandy beach and sea turtle work. CMR congratulates both Janine and Ronel on their well-deserved awards, and wish them continued successes in the future.