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UCT researchers win big at NRF Awards
Thu, 02 Dec 2021 - 10:45

Five researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been recognised for their outstanding achievements and contributions to society at this year’s National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards Ceremony.  Professor Rachel Wynberg from the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science received the NRF Public Engagement in Research Award.

Statistical ecology can unlock the power of biodiversity data in Africa
Thu, 02 Dec 2021 - 10:00

Africa boasts an immensely rich diversity of plant and animal species: the building blocks of healthy ecosystems. Yet, the projected loss of wild habitats and species threatens biodiversity and human well-being. The emerging field of statistical ecology offers great promise to meet these challenges. This discipline uses growing datasets and innovative analytical methods to tackle important questions in biodiversity science and management and offers opportunities for African researchers to develop local solutions to the continent’s ecological challenges. 

New findings about prehistoric flying animal life
Mon, 22 Nov 2021 - 20:00

A University of Cape Town (UCT) palaeobiologist is part of a new study that changes the way we think about the Late Cretaceous period, around 100 million years ago.  Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, of the Department of Biological Sciences, is among the scientists who contributed to a paper published in Cretaceous Research that revealed that newly hatched gigantic pterosaurs, the flying relatives of dinosaurs, probably out-competed the adults of smaller pterosaur species.

UCT’s Rebecca Ackermann appointed to prestigious journal
Mon, 22 Nov 2021 - 19:45

Professor Rebecca Ackermann has been appointed to the editorial board of the prestigious scientific journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Professor Ackermann is a biological anthropologist, professor in the Department of Archaeology, and the deputy director of the Human Evolution Research Institute (HERI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

‘Alarming precedent’ – Liesbeek River under siege again
Thu, 11 Nov 2021 - 11:00

The Liesbeek River is living symbol of a South Africa characterised by land dispossession, heritage loss, irreparable damage to ecosystems, accompanied by significant social and political conflict, and risk to water security and climate change. But the river is under siege again by development along its banks, writes Dr Kevin Winter of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Future Water Institute

Top Science Faculty Scholars in South Africa Honoured
Tue, 02 Nov 2021 - 12:45

Fourty-three of the country’s leading scholars and scientists were inaugurated as Members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at the annual Awards Ceremony on 20 October 2021.  Professor Patrick Woudt, from the Department of Astronomy and Professor Shadreck Chirikure, from the Department of Archaeology at UCT were inducted. 

UCT alum wins Earthshot prize for restoring coral reefs
Wed, 27 Oct 2021 - 11:45

Trailblazing entrepreneur Gator Halpern, who recently scooped one of the most prestigious environmental awards in history, has credited the University of Cape Town (UCT) for helping to shape his mission to restore dying coral reefs.

Explaining the super-groups of humpback whales on the west coast of South Africa
Mon, 25 Oct 2021 - 08:30

Over recent years since 2011 and apparently at random, super-groups of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) ranging from 20 to 200 have been observed in the coastal region of the Southern Benguela current between St Helena Bay and Cape Point on the west coast of South Africa.

new study co-led by Dr Subhra Prakash Dey and Associate Professor Marcello Vichi from the University of Cape Town (UCT) Department of Oceanography and the Marine and Antarctic Research Centre for Innovation and Sustainability (MARIS), aimed to understand this phenomenon.

Inaugural Lecture Professor Francesca Little
Mon, 18 Oct 2021 - 10:00

The Dean of the Faculty of Science invites you to the inaugural lecture of Professor Francesca Little from the Department of Statistical Sciences.  Professor Little will deliver her inaugural lecture entitled, "Longitudinal Analysis of Multivariate Responses"



Award for world-first textbook on ontological engineering
Mon, 18 Oct 2021 - 09:30

Associate Professor Maria Keet of the Department of Computer Science has won the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Open Textbook Award for her “exemplary resource”, An Introduction to Ontology Engineering. It is her first open textbook, and a world-first textbook on the subject for computer scientists.

Climate change expert bags Social Responsiveness Award
Mon, 18 Oct 2021 - 09:30

Who can forget Cape Town’s record-breaking, once-in-a-century drought? Dam levels were at an all-time low, and that ominous phrase “Day Zero” dominated the news agenda both locally and abroad. Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel, a University of Cape Town (UCT) geographer and climate change adaption expert, was part of a multi-disciplinary team who raced to find solutions for the region’s water crisis.

Shining the spotlight on women in palaeoscience
Mon, 11 Oct 2021 - 12:30

In the latest edition of the University of Cape Town (UCT) Human Evolution Research Institute’s (HERI) Winter Webinar Series, two women palaeoscientists had the opportunity to share their experiences of carving out a career path in this field. Dr Dipuo Kgotleng, the director of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Palaeo-Research Institute and HERI #AdvancingWomxn PhD candidate Rivoningo Khosa delivered candid insights into their individual journeys to inspire those following in their footsteps.