Wieland Gevers is Emeritus Professor of Medical Biochemistry at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor responsible for planning and academic process at the University of Cape Town from 1992 until the end of 2002, and Professor of Medical Biochemistry at Stellenbosch University from 1971 to 1977, and the same at UCT since 1978. He was (founder) President of the South Africa Biochemical Society from 1975-6, and was President of the Academy of Science of South Africa from 1998 until 2004.
He is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World, TWAS (elected 2002).
Gevers has been Deputy Chair of the National Ministerial Review Committee on the ‘Science, Technology and Innovation Landscape’ of South Africa from July 2010.
Gevers founded what is now called the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) in 1991, and helped establish the regional library system CALICO in 1995.
He is chairperson of the Committee on Scholarly Publishing of the Academy of Science of South Africa, was convener of the Consensus Panels that comprehensively reviewed scholarly publishing in and from South Africa in journals (2006) and books (2009), and convenes the ‘National Scholarly Editors’ Forum’ and the ‘National Scholarly Book Publishers’ Forum’ organised by the Academy.