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South Africa’s longest-running public arts festival is back to (Un)Infect the City
In partnership with the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Institute for the Creative Arts (ICA), Infecting the City (ITC) – South Africa’s longest-running public arts festival – is back for its 12th edition. It started on 8 May and runs until 30 June 2021 throughout Cape Town’s city centre, in locations across the Cape Flats, and online.
13 May 2021
UCT celebrates the extraordinary role nurses play in society
“Nursing is not just a profession, it’s a skill and an attitude. It’s about developing a close relationship with your patients. It’s the ability to make a difference in the world – one patient at a time. The compassion and passion that nurses bring to the profession are two of the most highly regarded and valued aspects of their role – not just in South Africa, but also in the world.”
12 May 2021
Simulated satellite camera to aid vegetation monitoring in South Africa
A master’s student from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) SpaceLab, whose dissertation focuses on how a simulated satellite can aid vegetation monitoring in South Africa, was handpicked to present his paper at the 2021 SpaceOps Conference, the 16th International Conference on Space Operations held virtually last week.
12 May 2021
UCT scientists scoop Human Frontier Science Program Award to study the genetics of floral asymmetry in South African plants
A research team of international scientists including University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Nicola Illing of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, have been awarded a prestigious Research Grant from the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization.
11 May 2021
UNESCO regional director to visit campus following #UCTFire
The University of Cape Town (UCT) executive will host UNESCO Regional Director Professor Hurbert Gijzen on Tuesday, 11 May 2021.
11 May 2021
The surprising evolutionary history of our oral bacteria
A new study by a multidisciplinary international research team, including University of Cape Town (UCT) biological anthropologist Associate Professor Victoria Gibbon has discovered unexpected clues about human evolution and health after reconstructing the oral microbiomes of Neanderthals, primates, and humans, including the oldest oral microbiome ever sequenced from a 100 000-year-old Neanderthal.
11 May 2021
New climate fiction game shows how our choices will shape the future
Today, 10 May, people around the world will get to decide what their climate futures will look like by playing Survive the Century , a climate fiction game about the political, environmental and social choices humans will face between 2021 and 2100 as we adapt to the ravages of climate change. This online game is a work of fiction, but it is informed by real science.
10 May 2021
Scaled up bioinformatics training to help scientists tackle continent’s urgent health challenges
Bioinformatics training is being delivered on an unprecedented scale throughout Africa to help scientists tackle some of the continent’s most urgent health challenges, thanks to a new collaboration between Wellcome Connecting Science and H3ABioNet , the Pan African Bioinformatics Network for the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa).
07 May 2021
UCT professor highlights the needs of autistic people in Africa
Founding director of the Centre for Autism Research in Africa (CARA) based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Professor Petrus de Vries, has called for autism researchers worldwide to work in closer partnership with families and communities and to build more capacity for autism research in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).
07 May 2021
Sub-Saharan Africa in desperate need of clinical haematologists
Sub-Saharan Africa faces a shortage of clinical haematologists. This urgently necessitates that more medical professionals embrace this branch of medicine and receive adequate training to specialise in this scarce skills area.
06 May 2021
Lessons from the pandemic in the words of Nobel Laureate Professor Abhijit Banerjee
With a pandemic underway, the daunting outlook of economic contraction on the horizon and rampant climate change, the world is facing hard times. What can economics teach us about recovery?
03 May 2021
One in five expectant women and new mothers in peri-urban areas experience suicidal thoughts, study reveals
One in five pregnant women and new mothers living in peri-urban areas investigated in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Drakenstein Child Health Study (DCHS) are likely to experience suicidal thoughts. The study findings were recently published online in the Archives of Women's Mental Health , an international journal dedicated to female psychological health.
29 Apr 2021
Nobel laureate Prof Abhijit Banerjee to discuss how economics can be harnessed for the common good
In a lecture titled “Good Economics for Hard Times”, Professor Abhijit Banerjee, the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak on economic recovery in light of the ongoing pandemic.
26 Apr 2021
Response options should be at the center of climate risk assessment and management
A team of researchers from the Africa Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) led a global team of 21 climate risk scholars to better understand and inform decision making around climate change risks in Africa and globally by examining how the drivers of risk interact.
23 Apr 2021
UCT condemns fake fee statement shared on Twitter
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has noted a photoshopped image of what is claimed to be a university fee statement shared on Twitter. UCT confirms that this is fake.
22 Apr 2021
UCT among top 200 in world university impact rankings against United Nations SDGs
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been placed in the top 101–200 band of the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, which – unlike other such international rankings – aims to assess the impact of higher education institutions against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
21 Apr 2021
UCT planning return of students to residences
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is planning for the return of students to university accommodation now that the fire that affected large parts of the Rondebosch campus on Sunday, 18 April is under control.
21 Apr 2021
UCT suspends academic programme till Friday
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has suspended the academic programme by a further three days until Friday, 23 April 2021.
20 Apr 2021