Celebrating 50 years of astronomy at UCT
Ewine van Dishoeck, Professor of Molecular Astrophysics at Leiden University and president of the International Astronomical Union, will present a public lecture in celebration of 50 years of astronomy at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Thursday, 6 February, at 16:30. In her lecture, titled “Building stars, planets and the... Read more
Gold medal for leading cervical cancer researcher
University of Cape Town (UCT) Professor Lynette Denny’s 25-year body of research on cervical cancer, which affects 80% of black women in South Africa, has won a prestigious South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Gold Medal in its golden jubilee year. The medal awards took place at the Council for... Read more
Women top UCT’s civil engineering honours class
University of Cape Town (UCT) women are making significant strides in civil engineering, where they account for six of the department’s 11 first-class honours students. Thirty percent of the Department of Civil Engineering’s students are women, according to the department’s Professor Mark Zuidgeest, director of undergraduate studies. The six... Read more
UCT in top 10 for development studies
The University of Cape Town (UCT) says it has moved up two places to reclaim its top 10 position in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject, placing the institution among the top 100 universities in a total nine disciplines. The 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject... Read more
Climate-change funding boost for UCT
The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence in Climate and Development (ARUA-CD), hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT), is set to strengthen Africa’s voice in the climate-change discussion following a significant funding allocation from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). UCT’s African Climate and Development Initiative... Read more
University of Cape Town: Pioneering ‘new science’ in Masiphumelele
At the age of five, 20% of children in Masiphumelele are already infected with tuberculosis (TB). When these children enter high school, about half are infected with TB. By the time they become young adults, the infection rate has increased to roughly 80%. That’s the reality for the community... Read more
University of Cape Town: New award for urine recycling researcher
Dr Dyllon Randall of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Department of Civil Engineering and Future Water Institute has won the prestigious Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Warner Prize. This is awarded biennially to people who show “exceptional promise” in sustainable chemical process technology, nuclear technology or in making chemical... Read more
Five winners of the Advancing womxn awards
Five substantial grants have been awarded to women researchers to make space for more women’s voices to be heard – both for their own advancement and for the advancement of others. The winners of the grants, announced on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, are Dr... Read more
Fleur du Cap nominees from University of Cape Town
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) SA College of Music is celebrating the nomination of 12 of its students, staff and alumni for recognition at the 54th Annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, to be announced on 10 March. The nominees, in four different categories, are: Best Performance by... Read more
UCT: Achieving social justice for South Africa’s children
The South African Child Gauge is a crucial resource utilised by civil society, academic and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who advocate for the rights of South Africa’s children and pursue social justice, University of Cape Town (UCT) Children’s Institute (CI) director Professor Shanaaz Mathews told guests at the Cape Town launch of the 13th edition... Read more