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Grooming young tech innovators
Fri, 05 Jul 2019 - 15:00

The Department of Computer Science at UCT hosted a group of high school learners from Ocean View Secondary School to a day of computer science information - where they were introduced to developments such as 3D printing, antenna Wifi networks and cantennas. The interactive day aimed to introduce the grade 8 to 12 learners to the numerous possibilities offered by a career in computer science.

The Kalahari Desert is becoming too hot for birds.
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 - 15:00

The Kalahari Desert, one of the world’s last true wilderness areas, will lose much of its birdlife before the end of this century due to climate warming, according to a new scientific study by four South African authors, including University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Susan Cunningham, from the Department of Biological Sciencespublished in the American scientific journal, PNAS.

Multimillion rand boost for Africa medicines research
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 - 14:45

University of Cape Town (UCT)’s alumnus and former chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola, Neville Isdell, has donated US$1 242 160 (about R18 million) towards research into the discovery of new medicines for infectious diseases at the UCT Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D.

5 questions with Sheetal Silal
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 - 14:15

Dr Sheetal Silal, a senior lecturer in the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT), uses mathematical modelling to fight infectious diseases.  She was recently selected to discuss her research at the World Economic Forum's IdeasLab, which was hosted in Dalian in China, where she presented her research to industry leaders, chief executives of multinational corporations, heads of government and ministers and leaders from media, academia and civil society.

‘No stupid questions’ in Distinguished Teacher’s classes
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 - 13:45

Associate Professor Jeff Murugan, is one of two recipients of of the 2018 Distinguished Teacher Award from the University of Cape Town (UCT).

‘Teaching swept me off my feet’
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 - 13:45

Anneliese Schauerte, a senior lecturer in UCT’s Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Department, is thrilled to receive the UCT 2018 Distinguished Teacher Award.

Chocolate, humour help the medicine go down
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 - 13:15

Every first semester for the past 33 years, Professor Mike Meadows has delivered the 09:00 first-year lecture on physical geography. At the end of last semester, he gave his “swansong” performance.

Cultivating the next great paleoanthropologist
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - 12:15

The story of human evolution has long been told with fossils from South Africa – discovered by a privileged few. The Human Evolution Research Institute (HERI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) aims to change that with a new generation of female scientists.

George Ellis honoured with international award
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 - 11:15

The Georges Lemaître International Prize was awarded to George Ellis, emeritus professor from the Department of Mathematics & Applied Mathematics at UCT, during May, in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. The prize is awarded every two years to a scientist who has made a major contribution to the development and dissemination of knowledge in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, geophysics or space research.

UCT to host IdeasLab at World Economic Forum meeting
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 - 09:15

Dr Sheetal Silal, from the Department of Statistical Sciences is one of three researchers from UCT, who will lead this year’s discussions on innovative research into infectious diseases at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) IdeasLab. 

The IdeasLab is on the programme of the WEF 13th Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019, which takes place from 1 to 3 July in Dalian, China. And because the three presenters are from UCT, the university is regarded as “hosting” this year’s talk.

Snobbish birds prefer to live in luxury
Fri, 31 May 2019 - 12:00

A unique study of birdlife in South African cities has found that birds prefer wealthy areas to poorer ones but will move out if things get too cramped. The study was conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Turin, Italy and the Universities of Cape Town (UCT) and the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Their findings were published this week in the international journal of Global Change Biology.  Associate Professor Arjun Amar, from the Department of Biolgoical Sciences at UCT is a co-author on the study.


Young UCT scientist selected for international leadership initiative
Wed, 29 May 2019 - 13:15

“Who knew a boy from rural Mansa, Zambia could come this far, stand a chance and become successful at opportunities like this?” These are the words of Dickson Mambwe, a University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD student working in the field of drug discovery, after recently being selected for the 2019 CAS Future Leaders Program.