Public Lectures

Public Lectures - 2018

This year, the Faculty will once again present over 18 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?

The next lecture will be presented on:

Title: The cultural and socio-economic value of indigenous knowledge about plants and their uses 

Speaker: Prof Ben-Erik van Wyk 

Date: 23 March 2018 

Venue: Chinua Achebe Auditorium, Level 6, University of Johannesburg Library, Auckland Park Kingsway Campus


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". Please look out for exciting new public lectures, starting in March 2018.