Anyone with an interest in the marine environment, is welcome to apply for Institute for Coastal and Marine Research (CMR) Membership. Please complete the membership form. Please note that all CMR member details are kept in a confidential and secure CMR membership database for official reporting purposes, and that all CMR members will be added to the CMR mailing list. This mailing list communicates quarterly CMR updates, provides information on project, study or exhange programme opportunities, project opportunities or information, competitions run by the CMR, CMR vacancies, and other news items. Information captured in the membership form will be used for communication and official reporting purposes on CMR membership and growth, only. Information will not be made publicly available and will not be shared with unauthorised persons.. 

If you are an adacemic from another university or research institution, or a professional working in industry or another field and you would like to be formally associated with the CMR and the Nelson Mandela University, you can apply to become a registered Research Associate (RA) or Professional Associate (PA) within the CMR. These are not positions that draw a salary or that have benefits such as discounted study rates, but RAs and PAs can become involved in projects in a formal and official capacity. Where a Nelson Mandela University academic staff member is the main supervisor on a student project, RAs are able to co-supervise students, and this is not restricted to a single department. PAs are unable to supervise students, but they can offer professional or technical expertise.

If you are interested in registering as a Research or Professional Associate with the CMR or if your status requires renewal, kindly please contact CMR to allow us to share the required documentation and process with you. 

All new CMR members ackndowdge that they provide information to the CMR in acordinace with the POPI Act:

"The Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPI Act) has been promulgated and implemented on 1 July 2020. All personal identifiable information provided by you shall be treated in accordance with this statute and only used for academic and academic administration purposes, as indicated in the University’s Privacy Policy. By providing your information, you are giving consent for the use of all your personal identifiable information, provided to the University, for the aforesaid purposes."

Current CMR Members acknowledge that the CMR will handle their confidential information as such, in accordiance to the POPI Act outlined above.


CMR and University Branding

The Nelson Mandela University's name was officially changed as such in 2017. The University has adopted a new brand, look and feel, and it is important that members of CMR adhere to these new guidelines. For your convenience, various Nelson Mandela University logos along with standard and widescreen PowerPoint templates with CMR branding are available for download.

It would be much appreciated if these templates could please be used when documents are written and presentations are given under the name of the University, and when associated with the CMR. Please note that the new font to be used in presentations/posters/adverts is Avenir. This is not a standard/default font and will not be available on your computer unless installed. These Avenir font installation files are availabe in the sidebar for download.

The CMR has a single logo available in different formats for use on various backgrounds. This logo is to be used on all official documents, communications, reports and presentations. 

This is a friendly reminder to please not abbreviate the University's name to 'NMU'. Please be sure to reference the full University name (Nelson Mandela University) in all formal and official forms of communication. If this title is too cumbersome in certain applications, mention the University's name in full as an introduction, and thereafter it may be referred to as 'Mandela University' or 'the University'. Please also be sure to mention the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research's full name at the beginning of docmuments and discussions, but it may be abbreviated to 'CMR' thereafter.



This is an urgent appeal to all CMR members to include the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research (CMR), Nelson Mandela University in full in all affiliations and addresses. The CMR should be referenced as above: Institute for Coastal and Marine Research (CMR), Nelson Mandela University. This is particularly important for publications, sspecifically in academic journals. Citation databases, such as SciVal and SCOPUS, will not recognise the 'CMR' abbreviation and this complicates the process of capturing the Nelson Mandela University and CMR publications by our Department of Research Management. The CMR is proud of the work done by its members and this needs to be advertised. Assisting with this request contributes to spreading and capturing successes.