Public Lectures - 2020

In 2020, the Faculty of Science will host 11 public lectures and a book discussion. 

14 February
12:30 – 13:30
Prof Francis Shode
Food and Medicinal Plants: Research, Development & Commercialisation
6 March
12:30 – 13:30Prof Bettine Jansen van VuurenSouth African research and stations down south: the Prince Edward Islands, Gough Island, and Antarctica
13 March
12:30 – 13:30Dr Sheldon HerbstApplied Mathematics, Astronomy and Simulations
3 April
12:30 – 13:30Ms Margaux FourieDance Code:  Giving Computers Artistic Vision
17 April
12:30 – 13:30Prof Chris CurtisWater (in)security for Gauteng's wetlands and rivers
8 May
12:30 – 13:30Prof Eduard VenterFungal biodiversity of South African soils
31 July
12:30 – 13:30Prof Strydom will lead the discussion Book Discussion: A World Without Work: Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond, by Daniel Susskind
21 August
12:30 – 13:30Dr Pankaj MohantyScience: Breaking 4 IR Boundaries Using X-rays
11 September
12:30 – 13:30Dr Yegnanew ShiferawUse of population census and household survey data to produce model based estimates of socioeconomic variables in small areas of South Africa
18 September
12:30 – 13:30Dr Tebogo Makhubela  Landscape evolution of Southern Africa and modern-day denudation rates
2 October
12:30 – 13:30Prof Penny GovenderThe Perks of Computational Chemistry in the age of 4IR
16 October
12:30 – 13:30Mr Tumisi Molelekoa The valorisation of food waste using fermentation technology for a sustainable bio-economy or The current coronavirus outbreak or The re-emergence of measles

  • Regular APK Venue: Chinua Achebe Auditorium, Level 6, UJ APK Library
  • Regular DFC Venue: Nurrudin Farah Auditorium, UJ DFC Library 


Please note: The public lecture schedule is subject to change without notice. To enquire about changes to the schedule, email The events above may be photographed and video recorded for media and marketing purposes. By participating, you grant the University of Johannesburg permission to use and publish any recorded material.

Public Lectures - 2019

In 2019, Faculty’s Marketing Office coordinated twenty-six (25) public lectures and a book discussion, across three campuses, Kingsway Campus, Doornfontein Campus and Bunting Campus. The topics of the public lectures covered a wide variety of topics, including, “Women in Physics in South Africa”, “At Death's Door: The latest scientific data on climate change”, “Dark Matter: A Journey into the Dark Universe” and “Sexual selection: an important driver of evolution”. 

Special Public lectures - 2019

On 2 April 2019, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) conferred an honorary doctoral degree on Professor Bernard Lucas Feringa, Nobel Laureate 2016: Chemistry, in recognition of his remarkable contributions to developing a molecular motor, the world’s tiniest machine. Applications of molecular switches developed in his research group include light-switchable protein channels for nanoscale drug delivery systems, and photo-switchable DNA as a molecular memory stick. 

Moreover, Prof Feringa presented two public lectures on 2 & 3 April 2019 at 13:00 - 14:00 at Protea Auditorium, School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg Bunting Campus, Bunting Road, Auckland Park.

Public Lectures - 2018

In 2018, the Faculty presented 21 public lectures. Some of the topics included: Slum Tourism in Johannesburg, Personal Information For Sale. Sold! How and why birds fly, Mathematics and Security: The Mathematical basis of RSA, Nature’s wonderful laboratory and pharmacy, and What science hides in your breakfast?

Public Lectures - 2017

In 2017, the Faculty of Science presented over 18 public lectures at the UJ Library and other venues, with presentations by more than 18 academics. Topics varied widely and included, the ecological role of humankind, food myths and nutrition, DNA barcoding, and sexual selection - choosing the right mating partner. There were also provocative topics such as the Academy of Computer Science and Software Engineering's lecture on "Curse of the Password: Sex, Alcohol, and Insanity". Most departments used this opportunity to give students a glimpse into their areas of expertise. Visiting Professors also contributed to special lectures. Distinguished Visiting Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray, who is almost a permanent staff member at the Faculty, presented on innovation and linking research with industry. A Visiting Professor from the University of California (Irvine), Professor Gregory Weiss spoke on "Making Enzymes Dance and Sing". Another Visiting Professor and Chemistry Nobel Laurette, Professor Michael Levitt, presented a lecture on the "Birth and Future of Multiscale Modeling of Macromolecules". 

Updated: 21 February 2020