VC’s Inaugural Lecture: Professor Isabelle Ansorge

14 April 2021 | Director Nico Badenhuizen. Videography Microsoft Teams Webinar. Video edit Nico Badenhuizen. Photo Supplied.

On Wednesday, 14 April 2021, Professor Isabelle Ansorge presented a Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture: “Teaching the many (50) shades of blue – while the world is changing its shade.”

The Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture Series is a central part of the university’s academic life, where inaugural lectures are held to commemorate the lecturers’ appointment to full professorship.

Professor Isabelle Ansorge is head of department and professor in the Department of Oceanography at the University of Cape Town. Her areas of research focus on Southern Ocean dynamics, Southern Ocean eddy transports of heat and salt, frontal dynamics and variability in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and its effects on Sub-Antarctic Islands.


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The UCT Inaugural Lecture Series


In April 2023, Interim Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Professor Daya Reddy announced that the Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture Series would be held in abeyance in the coming months, to accommodate a resumption of inaugural lectures under a reconfigured UCT Inaugural Lecture Series – where the UCT extended executive has resolved that for the foreseeable future, all inaugural lectures will be resumed at faculty level.




The Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture Series


Inaugural lectures are a central part of university academic life. These events are held to commemorate the inaugural lecturer’s appointment to full professorship. They provide a platform for the academic to present the body of research that they have been focusing on during their career, while also giving UCT the opportunity to showcase its academics and share its research with members of the wider university community and the general public in an accessible way.



















2016 and 2015


No inaugural lectures took place during 2015 and 2016.