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The unusual Henry de Bruyn
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 - 14:15

Henry de Bruyn was an unusual man. At least, that is, to Professor Thomas Alan Stephenson, who headed the Zoology department at the University of Cape Town (UCT) from 1931 to 1940 when De Bryun went from cleaner to laboratory assistant, and then to laboratory attendant.

How to manage Cape Town’s fires
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 - 14:00

South Africa’s Cape Peninsula – home to the picturesque city of Cape Town – is part of the only region in the world with fynbos. Fynbos is the world’s most diverse vegetation type – even more so than tropical rainforests.

Dumped at sea: plastic pollution in the South Atlantic
Tue, 01 Oct 2019 - 10:00

Thousands of kilometres from any continent lies Inaccessible Island, small and isolated in the Southern Atlantic Ocean. Yet, it is full of plastic and a growing proportion of it seems to come not from land, but rather from ships dumping their litter at sea in contravention of international law. That is according to new research led by UCT's Professor Peter Ryan, which casts doubt on the widely held assumption that most marine plastic now comes from land-based sources.

Women taking science to the streets
Tue, 01 Oct 2019 - 08:15

On Saturday, 28 September, visitors to the V&A Waterfront passing through the Pier Head square were treated to a truly intriguing sight: a diverse array of dynamic women in white lab coats sharing their scientific research with passers-by. Dr Kerryn Ashleigh Warren from the Department of Archaeology and Dr Natasha Karenyi from the Department of Biological Sciences, represented the Science Faculty from UCT.

Seven A-rated researchers for UCT
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 - 12:30

The University of Cape Town (UCT) welcomes the A-rating of seven of its researchers by the country’s National Research Foundation (NRF). The ratings were formally awarded at the NRF awards on Thursday, 12 September 2019.  Two of them,Professor Igor Barashenkov and Emeritus Professor Douglas Butterworth  are from the Department of Mathematics & Applied Mathematics in the Science Faculty. 

Soapbox Science Coming to Cape Town
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 - 11:15

Inspired by Hyde Park's famous Speaker's Corner, Soapbox Science is a global series of free open-air lectures where expert female scientists will share their passion about their research. It will take place at the Pierhead, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town and is led by a team of 5 female scientists from UCT.

The problem with trees-for-carbon
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 - 09:45

Programmes to encourage tree-planting have been hailed as a solution in the fight to reduce greenhouse gases and global warming. But new research casts doubt on the likely success of trading trees for carbon. UCT's Emeritus Professor William Bond, Department of Biological Scieces, is lead author of new research on the topic.“We challenge the popular view that planting trees is a credible way of slowing global warming,” says Bond.

Message from the Dean
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 - 09:45

Message from the Dean about Gender Violence, Xenophobia and violence in our communities and contact details for help and support

African Penguins at risk from shipping oil
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 - 09:30

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.

UCT prof who helped save the bluefin tuna
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 - 09:30

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.

Rebecca Ackermann named one of M&G's Women Changing South Africa
Wed, 04 Sep 2019 - 10:00

Professor Rebecca Ackermann, Department of Archaeology at UCT, has just been named as one of the Mail & Guardian's Women Changing South Africa.  

Field camp equips women with more than flintknapping skills
Mon, 02 Sep 2019 - 09:30

The recent three-day Human Evolution Research Institute’s (HERI) field camp on the West Coast quietly marked two milestones in Women’s Month at the University of Cape Town (UCT).