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Queen’s Young Leader Awards for Science student
Thu, 23 Aug 2018 - 12:15

South Africa’s sole Queen’s Young Leader Awards winners for 2018 are UCT students Siposetu Mbuli from the Faculty of Science, and Thamsanqa Hoza, from Commerce, who visited Buckingham Palace recently to receive their honours from Her Majesty the Queen.

Retention of young African scientists critical
Thu, 23 Aug 2018 - 09:15

Young African scientists face persistent barriers which cause them to leave their own countries, and even academia. This means the continent’s work force loses highly trained people who are crucial for scientific and technological advancement, and for economic development. Associate Professor Amanda Weltman, from the Department of Mathematics, was among participants at the Global Young Academy who recently met to address some of these issues.

UCT oceanographer joins South African Young Academy of Science
Thu, 23 Aug 2018 - 09:15

Dr Sarah Fawcett, a researcher and lecturer at UCT’s Department of Oceanography, has been elected to the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), an organisation that aims to be the voice of the country’s young scientists and to help bridge the gap between science and society.

Expo showcases young scientistsʼ ingenuity
Wed, 22 Aug 2018 - 11:00

More than 650 pupils from 45 schools throughout the Peninsula participated in the regional finals of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, held at the UCT Sports Centre over the weekend.  Science Faculty staff and studentswere involved in organising the event, judging the entries and providing interactive science displays for the public to enjoy. 

New study finds blue boron-bearing diamonds on rock recycling route
Fri, 03 Aug 2018 - 11:15

A new study just published in Nature, by UCT Geologist Professor Steve Richardson and his international peers has revealed that blue diamonds are a 'superdeep' type of diamond that originate as much as four times deeper in the Earth (up to 660-750 km) compared to most other diamonds.

Celebrating the Life of Professor Bongani Mawethu Mayosi
Thu, 02 Aug 2018 - 10:00

We mourn the loss of Professor Bongani Mayosi.  He was a kind, inspiring man and a brilliant scholar who made seminal contributions to the study of heart disease.  His passion for research and his commitment to the University will never be forgotten.  UCT will be honouring and celebrating Prof Bongani Mayosi's life and mourning his tragic death this afternoon from 15h30 in the Memorial Hall

The universe in a cloud
Fri, 27 Jul 2018 - 13:00

The MeerKAT telescope, the first phase of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope in South Africa, will allow astronomers to understand how galaxies form and evolve, study dark matter, black holes and understand some of the most violent explosions taking place in the universe. The trouble is that before we can unlock these secrets of the universe, we have to solve the accompanying big data challenge.

Upgrading the largest experiment on Earth
Fri, 27 Jul 2018 - 13:00

An agreement between CERN and the Department of Science and Technology has put in writing that South Africa is officially a member of the collaboration and involved with upgrades to two of the detectors used in the ALICE experiment,” explains Dr Tom Dietel, from UCT’s Department of Physics and a CERN collaborator since 2005.


Prof Reddy to lead International Science Council
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 - 12:30

Renowned mathematician Professor Daya Reddy has been elected as the first president of the newly formed International Science Council (ISC).

Physics entertains students at Lucy and Stephen Hawking book launch in Khayelitsha
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 - 08:15

A team from the Department of Physics put on a spectacular science show at the launch of the translation into several South African languages of a children's book, George's Secret Key to the Universe, written by Lucy Hawking and her famous father, 

Scientists stunned by decline of birds during epic Southern African roadtrip
Wed, 06 Jun 2018 - 11:00

A two year project to repeat a famous bird survey project across 20 000km of Botswana has confirmed researchers' fears:  many birds of prey are fast disappearing.  Reported sightings of iconic eagle and vulture species have declined by as much as 80%, compared with the previous survey, while some migrant species recorded last time have vanished, according to the study published this week in Biological Conservation.  Associate Professor Arjun Amar from the Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology at UCT supervised the research, and PhD student Beckie Garbett led the study.

Distinguished physics teacher leaves his mark
Tue, 05 Jun 2018 - 11:00

Gregor Leigh from the Physics Department is Leigh is one of four new recipients of the Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA), a highly prized accolade at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The former high-school maths and science teacher and technikon lecturer shared his thoughts with Helen Swingler.