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Future Foreshore exhibition
14 Apr - 25 Apr

'Re-presencing absence' in the foreshore
22 Apr - 22 Apr

Climate Change, Cape Town and King Canute
22 Apr - 22 Apr

'Re-presencing absence' in the Foreshore
23 Apr - 23 Apr

'Re-presencing absence' in the foreshore
24 Apr - 24 Apr

Engineering, myths and the 'unfinished' foreshore freeways
24 Apr - 24 Apr

'Re-presencing absence' in the foreshore
25 Apr - 25 Apr


Sunday, 20 April 2014

UCT's Chemical Engineering to host Western Cape Minquiz 2014

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town is proud to host the Western Cape provincial round of Minquiz 2014. Minquiz is South Africa’s premier annual national science competition for Grade 12 learners.

The competition will take place on Thursday, 15 May 2014 at Wynberg Boys High School. Cash prizes will be awarded to the leading schools, while learners stand to opportunity to be selected to represent the Western Cape at the national finals to be held 15-16 July 2014.


Future Foreshore Exhibition

In partnership with Transport for Cape Town and World Design Capital, students in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment at UCT examined and made proposals for the future of Cape Town’s foreshore over the course of 2013. Their work will be showcased in this exhibition.


Top water prize for 'thinking practitioner'

Professor John BriscoeOn World Water Day, 21 March 2014, South African-born and educated civil engineer, researcher and policymaker (and UCT alumnus) Professor John Briscoe was celebrated on the world stage for his contribution to global and local water management. Read more...

'Hot paper' in one of the prime chemistry journals in the world

In January, Professor Michael Claeys, Director of C*change in the Centre of Catalysis, together with his co-authors: Nico Fischer, Brett Clapham, Theresa Feltes, and Eric van Steen, had a paper published in Angewandte Chemie.

Angewandte Chemie currently has an impact factor of 13.7 and is one of the prime chemistry journals in the world. Importantly their paper was chosen by the Editors as a ‘hot paper’ for its importance in a rapidly evolving field of high current interest. The paper is also highlighted on the back cover of the journal.


X-Men bodies, Vicatos-style

Max Price and Ford Foundation visitIt's not quite the indestructible adamantium skeleton of Stan Lee's Wolverine character, but UCT's metal-based skeletal reconstruction technique comes as close to the stuff of science-fiction legend as anything in a comic book. While the X-Men character's skeleton was made of the fictional metal, Dr George Vicatos prefers a titanium alloy for the 'bones' he fashions and places into patients who have lost a piece of their original foundation. Read more...

Student wins landscape architecture award

UCT helps SA take giant leap into the space age

Guido Schwartz, Airbus Defence and Space's Head of New Business (seated left) and EBE Dean Professor Francis PetersenA multi-million-rand agreement between the University of Cape Town Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment and top European space technology company Airbus Defence and Space is set to propel SA into the high-tech world of international space technology. Read more...

Experts meet on shale gas extraction ahead of workshop

Shale Gas WorkshopAn interdisciplinary group of UCT researchers that included experts on economics, the environment, governance, technology, public health, environmental humanities and energy planning met on February 13 to discuss shale gas exploration and extraction, ahead of a workshop with Pennsylvania State University in March/April. Read more...

Research Learning in Higher Education

On 12 November the Centre for Research in Engineering Education (CREE) celebrated the launch of Professor Jenni Case’s book Researching Learning in Higher Education: A Social Realist Approach. In her welcome, Dr Kate Le Roux, the Director of CREE, said, “Jenni has given CREE so many reasons to celebrate – from her NRF President’s award, Distinguished Teacher’s Award, her inaugural lecture and now her book, which is the first book publication coming out of CREE.” She added that education researchers often struggle to make their work count, but to have Jenni, who is an excellent teacher and researcher, make engineering education her academic career, is a huge boost for work done in this area.


Water research unit gets 'treated'

Neil ArmitageIt started with Associate Professor Neil Armitage, head of civil engineering, looking for help to get to the root of the litter problem in Cape Town's rivers and storm water systems. Today the Urban Water Management (UWM) research unit combines the expertise of six departments across three UCT faculties, aiming to find integrated and sustainable solutions to water management (water supply, sewerage and stormwater management) in urban settings. Read more...

Major boost for mobile video streaming

cellphonesThe dearth of high speed broadband has opened the door for the mobile revolution that is sweeping through Africa. By far more people use their cellphones than computers for connectivity, but unbroken streaming of video in low bandwidth areas has remained a problem. Up until now, that is. Read more...

Chuma Banjwa

While playing an integral role in the development of Europe's biggest railway infrastructure project, Banjwa (30) is lapping up what London has to offer.

Three years after completing her BSc in construction, Banjwa saw an advertisement for a position with Taylor-Woodrow, a UK-based civil engineering company.

Destiny Magazine December 2013 issue


Jansen: Transformation in difficult places

Professor Jonathan JansenAfter an incident in 2007 in which black cleaning staff were tricked into participating in a humiliating initiation video filmed by white students, the University of the Free State was associated with all things racist. Today, its rector and vice-chancellor, Professor Jonathan Jansen, is a thought leader on transformation; recently, he was invited to speak at UCT. Read more...

City Officials welcomed at Launch of the Second City Official Exchange Programme

On Friday, 1 November 2013, the second round of the Mistra Urban Futures City Official Exchange Programme was launched at UCT. This second round of the programme welcomes eight new City Officials who will write on topics including participative planning in the development of community centres; Cape Town’s urban growth boundary; the impact of public libraries on community development in a low-income area; sustainable, competitive public transport that is attractive to multiple users; waste management systems; the Economic Areas Management Programme (ECAMP) for shifting the City towards evidence-based local interventions; as well as the role of environmental policy within local government.


Prestigious Water Research Award

Congratulations to A/Professor Neil Armitage who received an award from the Water Research Commission for ‘Human Capital Development in the water and science sectors. This award is awarded to projects that have supported the training of postgraduate students or in its focus to train and mentor new research leaders.


More accolades for Brewing UCT at the 2013 SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Challenge

It was cause for celebration yet again for Brewing UCT at this year’s 6th annual SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Challenge. The team returned to the SAB World of Learning in Johannesburg on the 30th August to defend their championship title.

Competing against ten other South African Universities, the BUCT team, comprised primarily of UCT chemical engineering postgraduate students – Dr Rob Huddy (Post-doctoral fellow), Mark Kerr, Derek Ndoro, Alex Opitz and Brian Willis – won the R15k first prize in the Miller Best Speciality Beer Category for their rugby inspired Tri-Nations India pale ale. The “passion-fruit”, “hoppy” IPA wowed judges in flavour profile and concept, incorporating hops from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand to embody a legitimate Tri-Nations tribute.