Wednesday, 20 March 2019
UCT research identifies wildlife crime hot spots in the United Kingdom

Dr Megan Murgatroyd and Associate Professor Arjun Amar, from UCT's FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, were commissioned by the UK Government to lead an international study that found that the young hen harriers (a bird of prey) in the United Kingdom (UK) suffer abnormally high mortality compared to other populations across their range.


Publication Date:
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 - 11:00
Cape Town drought a lesson for SA

During National Water Week this week, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) African Centre for Cities (ACC) released a new paper which warns that the Cape Town drought has powerful climate-change adaptation lessons for other South African municipalities.  Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel's paper, titled “Unpacking the Cape Town Drought: Lessons Learnt”, aims at ensuring that these lessons will serve to inform other municipalities addressing the issue of drought and water insecurity.

Publication Date:
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 - 08:00
Chibale’s rags-to-riches success story

The rag in Professor Kelly Chibale’s rags-to-riches story is the lit one he used to put into a paraffin-filled tub so that he could study at night. Brought up amid violence and squalor in the Zambian copper belt settlement of Kabulanda — whose name, he says, literally denotes “sadness” — Professor Chibale has fashioned a successful career from a tough start.

Publication Date:
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 - 08:00
Shaping the future: topology and big data

UCT mathematical physicist Professor Jeff Murugan explains how applying topology – or the study of shapes in space – to big data can help solve real-world problems.  As a mathematical physicist and ‘experimental’ mathematician, Professor Jeff Murugan’s day job revolves around ideas in string theory, quantum gravity and quantum chaos, or as he describes it: “identifying patterns pretty much anywhere that I can find them”.

Publication Date:
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 - 12:00