Inaugural Lecture: Professor Genevieve Langdon

05 September 2017 | From the VC's Desk

You are formally invited to the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Genevieve Langdon, deputy head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Blast Impact & Survivability Research Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The lecture, titled “Explosion Protection: Reality or Fantasy” is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 at 17:30 at Lecture Theatre 1, in Snape Building, Upper Campus.


Explosions often make headlines because they cause devastating damage and loss of life. Professor Langdon’s work seeks to save lives through improved protection and the reduction of the environmental impact of blast-protection systems. She will talk about the reality of explosions, the different types of explosions that happen and the ways that we can protect against their devastating effects.

Professor Langdon will describe some of the protection options available and how they work. She will also discuss some recent projects at UCT that seek to understand the response of materials and structures to explosion loading by measuring what happens during an explosion.

Professor Langdon is the recipient of the Southern African Association for the Advancement of Science (S2A3) silver medal for outstanding research by a person under 40 years old. She also holds a C1 National Research Foundation rating and has co-authored more than 60 journal papers, in addition to numerous conference papers and book chapters. She is currently the secretary of the International Impact Engineering Society and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Impact Engineering. In 2011 she was a founder member of the South African Young Academy of Science, where she pursued outreach to the next generation of science learners.

To attend the lecture, please reply online on or before Sunday, 10 September. For enquiries, please email or phone 021 650 3730.

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