The Faculty of Science hosted Pint of Science - an international three day festival (held simultaneously in 21 countries across the globe) that makes science and science research accessible to everyone. Science students and staff presented their research in a relaxed environment - in the UCT Club and showed how science relates to everyday life.
Bird migration. where birds fly from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere to leave autumn and enter spring and then make the return journey from autumn in the southern hemisphere to spring in the northern hemisphere, is a challenging process for birds. These migratory bird habits need to be studied further and in more depth according to Professor Les Underhill, from the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT.
The proposed Cape Town water tariff for 2018/19 ignores storm water as a water augmentation opportunity, even though it could be critical in bolstering the city’s scarce water supply and its resilience to climate change, says Dr Kevin Winter of UCT’s Future Water Institute.
Stephen Hawking was “a great spirit and a wonderful mind”, said senior scholar and Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Complex Systems George Ellis in his recent tribute to the renowned theoretical physicist, a collaborator and friend. George Ellis and Stephen Hawking were postdoc students together at Cambridge University as well as long-time friends. Ellis delivered his tribute to Hawking, who died on 14 March, to a packed lecture theatre in the Department of Physics’ RW James Building.
Home to approximately 2 600 students, of which some 36% are postgraduate research students registered in the 12 academic departments – Archaeology, Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental & Geographical Science, Geological Sciences, Mathematics & Applied Mathematics, Molecular & Cell Biology, Oceanography, Physics and Statistical Sciences.
Undergraduate teaching is a cornerstone of our activities and the Faculty offers 21 different majors, with possibilities to co-major in subjects located in other Faculties. Our majors are loosely organised into three clusters – those in the biology, earth and environmental sciences, those in the chemical and molecular sciences, and those in the numerical and physical sciences. Our Bachelor of Science degree leads naturally on to a number of different Honours degrees that relate to the undergraduate major(s) offered by the various departments.
The Faculty of Science prides itself on the high regard in which it is held by the international academic community, reflected in part by international world university and subject rankings. According to the latest QS rankings, the Science Faculty at UCT places in the band 51-100 top universities in the Earth and Marine Sciences and in the band 101-150 in the Biological and Environmental Sciences.
The Faculty prides itself on its strong teaching programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and on the strength of its research enterprise. With well developed international links with researchers across the world, the Faculty is a major contributor to cutting-edge, globally relevant research. Susan Bourne Interim Dean: Faculty of Science