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.
In 2015 the inaugural lecture format was placed under review by the UCT executive and the inaugural lecture series resumed once the proposal of a new format had been approved.
The dates, times and venues of the lectures are subject to change nearer the date. The title of the lecture is also subject to finalisation by the lecturer and is often at late notice.
Prof Loretta Feris
A Sense of Place: New frontiers for the law?
Prof Hendrik Hofmeyr
Sound as symbol: Translating Yeats's Byzantium into a tone poem for voice and orchestra
Prof Alexander Paterson
Sitting on the fence as it gets cut from below: Co-managing conservation and land reform agendas in South Africa’s protected areas
Prof Andy Buffler
Science and observation: measuring for knowledge
Prof Harro von Blottnitz
Recycling, renewables and systems intelligence: Engineering responses to global challenges
Prof Jo-Anne Wilmshurst
Reversing the Brain Drain
Prof Ralph Hamann
Engaged Scholarship on Business Sustainability: Oxymorons or Paradoxes?
Prof Lee Wallis
Shifting Focus: Addressing the Neglected Pandemic