Public Lectures - 2019

The next public lecture in September will be on "​The ecological role of humankind" by Prof Francois Durand at UJ DFC Library (Bessie Head Auditorium) on Tuesday, 10 September 2019.

​10 September
12:00 – 13:00
The ecological role of humankind
Prof Francois Durand
20 September​APK
12:00 – 13:00Bringing traditional knowledge on the use of medicinal plants into the laboratory  Book Discussion: Life 3.0 by Max TegmarkProf Debra Meyer, Executive Dean and Several Heads of Department
4 October​APK
12:00 – 13:00
A call for more hypothesis-driven studies in ethnobotany: An illustration based on structural equation models fitted to southern Africa’s dataset
Dr Kowiyou Yessoufou
Department of Geography, Environmental Management & Energy Studies (GEMES)

​11 October
12:00 – 13:00
Nuclear Energy education removes phobia to the members of the public
Dr Dazmen Mavunda
18 October​APK
12:00 – 13:00The Open Source LabProf Reinout Meijboom
Department of Chemical Sciences
​25 October
12:00 – 13:00
Nuclear radiation is part of human life
Dr Dazmen Mavunda
Department of Physics
1 November​APK
12:00 – 13:00Surveillance: Drawing Modern Parallels to George Orwell's Novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four Mr Brian Greaves
Academy of Computer Science and Software Engineering (ACSSE)


  • Regular APK Venue: Chinua Achebe Auditorium, Level 6, UJ APK Library
  • Regular DFC Venue: Bessie Head Auditorium, UJ DFC Library 


Disclaimer: All events taking place in this venue may be photographed and video recorded for marketing, social media and media purposes. By attending this event, you grant the University of Johannesburg permission to use and publish any recorded material.

Special Public lectures

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 include: 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: 16 August 2019