The African Penguin is in serious trouble. Its population has fallen by more than 95% over the last century and, despite ongoing conservation efforts, its numbers continue to fall. There are now barely 20 000 breeding pairs in the world – and the largest colony is in South Africa, on islands around Algoa Bay in the country’s Eastern Cape province.
On 11 September 2019, Emeritus Professor Doug Butterworth will be formally honoured by the Emperor of Japan with the Order of the Rising Sun for contributing to the sustainable management of the very lucrative bluefin tuna fishery. In 2008, Butterworth received a similar national order from the South African president, after he helped to set the benchmark for how the country’s fish stocks should be managed – an example since being taken up worldwide.
Emeritus Professor Luigi Nassimbeni, from the Department of Chemistry. is the first recipient of the International
Alajos Kalman Prize, which he was recently awarded at a special Ceremony of the European Crystallographic Association in Vienna.
The ingenuity, brilliance and out-of-the-box project ideas pioneered by hundreds of young science enthusiasts from schools around the Mother City were showcased during the annual Cape Town Eskom Expo for Young Scientists at the University of Cape Town (UCT) this week.
A University of Cape Town (UCT) professor and two postgraduate researchers were among the winners at this year’s South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA). Dr Julia Healy, from the Department of Astronomy was awarded one of the TATA Scholarships
Three researchers from UCT recently hosted an IdeasLab on innovative research into infectious diseases at the World Economic Forum’s 13th Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019 in Dalian, China. Dr Sheetal Silal (head of the Modelling and Simulation Hub, Africa at UCT’s Department of Statistical Sciences), together with Professor Elmi Muller (transplant surgeon and head of UCT’s Division of General Surgery), Dr Nadia Ikumi (AXA Research Fellow at UCT’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine) made up the only team from an African university to participate in this high-profile meeting.
Professor Rebecca Rogers Ackermann, Department of Archaeology,delivered her inaugural lecture on 14 August. Her research focuses on evolutionary process, and specifically how gene flow, drift and selection interact to produce skeletal diversity through time.
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.
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.
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.