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The ACCESS Habitable Planet Workshop (HPW) programme uses an innovative curriculum centering around the uniqueness of South Africa, to inspire more young black/ female South Africans to take up careers in science research, with a specific focus around the science of climate change; Earth Systems Science. 


HPW workshops are interventions staged all over South Africa several times a year and have seen over 1000 students graduate, many finding successful research careers. Students from the programme are twice as likely to continue with their postgraduate study compared to the national average. The programme is also offered to younger South Africans in the form of the mini-HPW schools outreach programme. Here alumni from the undergraduate programme are empowered to return to schools and inspire younger learners with a love of science. 


In an attempt to involve more students in rural areas we have also recently taken the HPW course online – delivering teaching to over 600 undergraduates each year. HPW is funded by the Department of Science and Technology but is massively oversubscribed both for the undergraduate and schools programmes. The Planeteers organization helps to raise funds to make extra places available for students from disadvantaged areas. Recent student feedback:"Such experiences are rare, and meeting other young people from different areas who are in different fields and colaborating your knowledge with theirs is fantastic. And also the awareness of climate change to young people is very important. So i give ACCESS a thumbs up for such great work. Thank you ACCESS, Thank you!!"

Zolisanani Mpanyaro, UFH

“My experience was amazing, it was even more than I expected it would be. Dr Palmer is really great at what he does and his passion for his work really shows in evrything that he does. I made new friends (which is very hard for me to do), I learn't a great deal, came out of my shell, overcame my fears, gained new skills, the list is endless. I really am grateful for the opportunity” 

Samke Ngcobo, UKZN


"I am now planning to study up to a PHD level in order to become environmental scientist"

Tshifhiwa Ramathavha, University of Venda


"Its mind-blowing ...we learned a lot, you get inspired and motivated, at the same time, you get to meet different people with different expertise...we learned to interact, overcome our fears...we get to be involved, you get to say your mind...overall HPW is the best workshop ever!!"

Paseka Seleke, University of the Free State


The workshop is one place every young scientist needs to go to….. The workshop gives one a view on what the world of science is about; [in contrast to] the cramming and memorization that happens in schools

Bomikazi Tshingana, Walter Sisulu University



Donations to date

R 4 222.58

Fundraising target

R 5 000.00

Donor Messages

Keneilwe Montjane
RIP Dunmi....all the best with the challenge tomorrow
Marianne Evers
Congratulations on successfully completing your challenge!
Green Shift Africa
Dumisani was a great guy, we join the Palmers, ACCESS and our friends in honoring him. RIP Dumisani
RIP Dumisani. You had good friends who think about you even when you are no more. Well done to the Palmer's
Well done and good luck guys. We are fully behind you..
Thandeka Kathi
Lala ngokuthula Skhokho. Good luck team.
Good luck folks!
Palesa Modise
For my friend Dumisani Ndaba