Opportunity: Prof Stephanie Burton of the Department of Chemical Engineering is the new vice-chair of the executive committee of the National Science and Technology Forum.
UCT's Professor Stephanie Burton of the Department of Chemical Engineering has been appointed vice-chair of the executive committee of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) as well as vice-chair of the executive committee of its sub-section, the Scientific, Engineering and Allied Professions Group (SETAG) of South Africa.
The NSTF is a national forum that furthers the interests of the national science and technology community.
With a string of national leadership appointments to her credit - she was president of the South African Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a nominee for the SABC2/Checkers Shoprite Woman in Science of the Year in 2005 - Burton comes well qualified.
'It is a tremendous but exciting challenge,' she said of her new responsibilities. 'Having served on other national and regional representative bodies, I see this appointment as an opportunity to serve in a more central position.
'I expect to gain new insights into national policymaking, which will assist in our communication and facilitation roles.'
Burton, who is director of postgraduate studies in the chemical engineering department, has a PhD in biochemistry (Rhodes University). She is a member of the UCT Senate Academic Planning Committee (deputy chair) and a member of Senate.
Professor Brenda Wingfield is the new chair of the NSTF executive committee. She is the first woman to hold this position.
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