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Shuttleworth Postgraduate Scholarship Programme
Wed, 31 Jul 2019 - 10:15

The Department of Mathematics & Applied Mathematics at UCT has set up a programme where it is offering up to five Shuttleworth Postgraduate Scholarships (Honours, Masters and PhD levels) to highly motivated black South African students, who aspire to become academics.  The Shuttleworth Postgraduate Scholarship aims to train the next generation of black South African pure and applied mathematicians by providing a unique learning programme at one of the leading Centres of Mathematics in Africa. Simon Chili and Yanga Bavuma are the current students on the programme.

Managing the Berg River Dam overflow
Wed, 31 Jul 2019 - 10:00

Last week (23 July 2019) the Berg River Dam reached full capacity for the first time in five years. Capetonians were relieved to see the first of its supply dams overflowing and releasing water into the Berg River. With more rain ahead, it looks likely that parts of the Berg–Olifants catchment will receive average winter rainfall for 2019 when compared to historical records.

New large-scale collaboration for the ocean
Fri, 26 Jul 2019 - 12:45

Researchers from three departments at the University of Cape Town (UCT) – Environmental & Geographical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Commercial Law – are part of a new multinational, interdisciplinary project called One Ocean Hub. The Hub aims to transform global responses to urgent challenges facing our oceans by bringing together researchers, organisations and local communities to tackle them.

Lessons from a record-breaking drought
Wed, 24 Jul 2019 - 10:00

Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel, a geographer and climate change adaptation expert at the University of Cape Town (UCT), has spent the past 18 months examining what cities around the world can learn from Cape Town’s response to a once-in-a-century drought. What she uncovered is the subject of her new book, Day Zero, launched on 23 July 2019.

Cape Town’s Water Strategy: what to watch
Wed, 24 Jul 2019 - 09:15

Cape Town’s Water Strategy was approved by the City Council on 30 May 2019 following a period of public comment.  Dr Kevin Winter from UCT's Future Water Institute gives pointers on what to watch with regard to the strategy.  

On being a queer primatologist
Wed, 24 Jul 2019 - 08:30

Speaking at the UCT Faculty of Science Special Seminar, biological anthropologist Dr Christopher Schmitt from Boston University in the United States (US) described the myriad challenges facing LGBTQ+ researchers working in the field.

Record crop of Astronomy PhDs reach for the stars
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 - 11:30

The Department of Astronomy at UCT had a record five PhD students graduating in April this year.  Among the group were the first female PhD Astrophysicist from Burkina Faso and the first female PhD in any area of Physics from Zambia.  Read their interviews to discovery more about the new Astronomy PhD graduates, their motivation for studying in this field and their journey to gaining their PhD

Animals shrinking from climate change
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 - 08:15

UCT researchers have collected clear evidence that climate change is shrinking animals’ body sizes. The finding comes from research by Associate Professor Res Altwegg and Dr Birgit Erni – both from the Department of Statistical Sciences – who together with colleagues studied changes in the weight of mountain wagtails, a type of bird, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Polar cyclones, Antarctic sea ice and a cruise to understand it all
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 - 09:15

Today, the South African research vessel SA Agulhas II departs from Cape Town bound for the Southern Ocean and Antarctica’s winter sea ice. Onboard will be 25 researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT), joining 70 participants from South Africa and the rest of the world. Associate Professor Marcello Vichi, from the Department of Oceanography is the cruise's chief scientist and Dr Katje Altieri and Dr Sarah Fawcett, also from the Department of Oceanography are principal investigators.

Plastic: unpacking the media hype
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 - 14:30

Professor Peter Ryan, from the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at UCT says that while we should do all we can to limit the amount of waste plastic entering the environment, we cannot afford to allow the focus on plastic to detract from tackling the challenges that threaten our very existence,as well as that of millions of other species, such as the climate crisis, consumerism and human population growth.

Serendipitous meeting leads PhD candidate back to UCT
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 - 08:15

A chance meeting prompted Sue Dennis to return to UCT after more than 25 years and now she will graduate with a PhD in Molecular & Cell Biology.

Seaborne classroom making science ‘cool’
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 - 08:00

Students, lecturers and scientists left Cape Town aboard the SA Agulhas II to participate in SEAmester - interactive and cool Science where students engage with scientists and lectures while at sea.