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Study explores waste-stream impact on human missions to Mars and beyond
With the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA) planning to send humans further into the solar system by the 2030s, research from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) SpaceLab suggests that new strategies must be developed to address the challenges of waste management during long-duration human spaceflight missions, most especially on the surface of Mars.
25 Jul 2022
A model for drug discovery and development in Africa
The COVID-19 pandemic has simultaneously highlighted global inequalities, underscored the importance of building local infrastructure and capacity for health innovation, and provided evidence that African institutions and scientists have the scientific capability to make important contributions to global health solutions.
25 Jul 2022
Watch live: Motaung and Sir Berman to address UCT graduation ceremonies
Over 100 PhD graduates will be celebrated at the University of Cape Town (UCT) graduation ceremonies to be addressed by Mr Kaizer Motaung and Sir Franklin Berman QC on Friday, 22 July 2022.
22 Jul 2022
UCT VC hosts sessions on using science to tackle social injustices and realise intergenerational justice
University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng will host the last two virtual sessions, under the theme “Using the science of the future to shape our present”, on 24 and 31 July.
21 Jul 2022
Loss of loved ones spur PhD graduand to excel and produce outstanding research
In September 2021, as Maxine Höft was nearing the end of the fourth year of her PhD, the unthinkable happened. Her dad – her hero, number one supporter and best friend – passed away. As she battled to come to terms with his death, three months later, she lost her grandmother, and her world as she knew it came tumbling down.
21 Jul 2022
Fighting imposter syndrome to break glass ceilings as women mechanical engineers
Sherlyn Gabriel’s PhD journey was rough; it was very rough. “I suffered from a bad case of imposter syndrome and even to this day, I catch myself feeling like I am not smart enough to get this degree. I mean, I forget concepts related to my work that I really should know,” she said.
21 Jul 2022
UCT joins global network of leading universities to reach the most marginalised communities
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is one of the first two African institutions of higher learning to sign up as partners in the Reach Alliance . This global initiative brings together students and practitioners from across disciplines and around the world to accelerate the achievement of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals.
20 Jul 2022
UCT trio wins international award for innovative engineering toolkit for students
NextGen Engineers, a team of three students from the University of Cape Town (UCT), have won an international award for their affordable engineering essentials toolkit tailored to students’ needs.
18 Jul 2022
New findings on managing phantom limb pain for amputees
A University of Cape Town (UCT) doctoral study by Katleho Limakatso has broken new ground on pain management for amputees experiencing phantom limb pain. Katleho completed his doctorate in only three years. And when he is capped on 22 July, he will become UCT’s first black PhD in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine.
18 Jul 2022
Study reveals factors behind rise in obesity in SA women of childbearing age
The rising trend of overweight and obesity in South Africa's women of childbearing age is due to a lack of physical activity and increased consumption of unhealthy food, according to a study by University of Cape Town's (UCT) doctoral student Mweete Debra Nglazi, who will graduate later this month.
15 Jul 2022
First cryo-EM structures of angiotensin-converting enzyme pave the way for better drugs to treat heart disease
The first full-length structures of the human angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) have been determined by researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) using cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). ACE is a blood pressure-regulating protein that is critical for heart health.
12 Jul 2022
Trio of leading UCT health sciences women scholars share stories of perseverance
Back your work, don’t stand aside for male counterparts, budget carefully for your research projects, and change the narrative of self-belief. Sage advice from three leading women health sciences scholars, all part of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Research Leadership Programme.
11 Jul 2022
Top quantum technology experts in online conversation with UCT VC
University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng will be joined by Professor Divine Fuh, Professor Francesco Petruccione and Winnie Nakiyingi in the first of a four-part series of online sessions she will host with thought leaders from Africa and elsewhere under the theme “Using the science of the future to shape your present”.
08 Jul 2022
UCT VC to host online sessions on using the science of the future to shape the present
University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng will host a series of virtual engagements with thought leaders from Africa and elsewhere under the theme “Using the science of the future to shape your present”.
07 Jul 2022
UCT to host delegation led by Swiss Minister of Education
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will host a high-level Swiss ministerial delegation as part of a fruitful collaboration in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, particularly around blockchain.
07 Jul 2022
Over 100 PhDs to be capped as UCT resumes physical graduation
Following two years of virtual graduation due to COVID-19, the University of Cape Town (UCT) will host ceremonies in-person on Friday, 22 July 2022.
05 Jul 2022
UCT team wins Oxford University’s global Map the System competition
Following their win at the regional final hosted by the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB), Finclusive was awarded first place for their project at the University of Oxford’s (UO) Map the System (MTS) competition, which took place last month.
04 Jul 2022
Miss South Africa 2020 among inspirational speakers at UCT’s virtual Women’s Day event
Miss South Africa 2020, Shudufhadzo Musida, will be among accomplished and inspirational women on the University of Cape Town’s programme for the virtual Women’s Day event under the theme, ‘Social responsiveness and internationalisation’.
30 Jul 2021