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DateTimeDepartmentSpeakerTopics/ ThemesAttendance Link
Fri, 17 Sep12:30 – 13:30Botany & Plant BiotechnologyProf Eduard VenterFungal soil diversity: conservation’s orphan kingdom
Fri, 1 Oct12:30 – 13:30ZoologyProf Peter Teske

Genomics is making waves in marine biology
Fri, 8 Oct12:30 – 13:30Chemical SciencesDr Nzondelelo Bingwa

Back to basics: metal oxides and the new descriptors for catalytic parameters
Fri, 15 Oct12:30 – 13:30Biotechnology and Food TechnologyTumisi Molelekoa

Food fermented by lactic acid bacteria and human health
Fri, 22 Oct12:30 – 13:30DMAMProf Farai Nyabaza

The evolution of mathematical models for COVID-19 in response to changes in public health policies
Fri, 29 Oct12:30 – 13:30PhysicsProf Soebur Razzaque

Future big telescopes to hunt for very-energetic particles from the universe
Fri, 5 Nov12:30 – 13:30StatisticsSoshan SoobramoneyThe Pandemic and the Policy: how a virus is changing the way we think about insurance

Public Lectures – 2020

In 2020, the Faculty of Science hosted 7 public lectures (4 virtual) and 1 book discussion on 4IR (in partnership with the UJ Library). To all our speakers (Prof F Shode, Prof B van Vuuren, Dr S Herbst, Dr P Mohanty, Dr Y Shiferaw, Dr T Makhubela and Mr T Molelekoa), Thank You!

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”.

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