Prof Hassina Mouri


Hassina Mouri is a geologist holding a permanent Associate Professor position at the Department of Geology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa since 2008. Born in Algeria, Hassina studied and graduated (Cum Laude) from the University of Algiers in June 1990. As an outstanding student of the year in geology, she was awarded a Franco-Algerian Fellowship to continue her postgraduate studies in France (University Paris 7 and Museum National díHistoire Naturelle de Paris). Soon after the completion of her PhD (University Paris 7, France)  (Cum Laude) in January 1995, Hassina joined the University of Helsinki, then the Geological Survey of Finland (1995-1999) for a research associate position. In June 1999, she was awarded a 2 years NSF-USA Research Grant as Co-Principal Investigator at the University of Minnesota (USA). However in October 2000, Hassina decided to come back to Africa in order to contribute to the Research Development in Geoscience and Earth Science Education in Africa.  She accepted a tenured senior lectureship in the Department of Geology at the University of Pretoria until 2008. At the 13th Conference of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf), held in Tunisia in November 2008 she was elected Secretary General of the GSAf for the period 2008 - 2012. During the same period, she was also elected chair of the 23rd Colloquium of African Geology (CAG23), which took place in January 2011 at the University of Johannesburg. More recently, Hassina developed interest in Medical Geology and currently she supervises 3 postgraduate students in this field. In addition she introduced a course in the discipline at the post graduate level. In February 2012, she established the South African Medical Geology Chapter.  On the 09th of August 2012, Hassina was elected Councillor for the IUGS at the EC meeting, which took place during the 34th IGC in Brisbane. She was nominated for this position (IUGS Councillor) by the Geological Society of London (UK) and supported by the following adhering countries: France, USA,  India, Canada and South Africa. Hassina received a number of recognitions amongst the AU-EU Regional Award for women in science, 2010 Edition, the first African female geologist to achieve this distinction in Earth and Life science