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International award for Professor Luigi Nassimbeni
Mon, 02 Sep 2019 - 08:30

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.

Young scientists pull out all the stops at science expo
Mon, 02 Sep 2019 - 07:45

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.

UCT’s 2019 women in science winners
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 - 11:00

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

UCT medical research on the world stage
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 - 10:30

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.

Rattling conventional thinking on evolution
Mon, 26 Aug 2019 - 09:00

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.

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