The following represent a selection of research achievements from the past year. More highlights and success stories are featured throughout this report.


Dr Gina Ziervogel is one of two national recipients of the President’s Award from the National Research Foundation, for her work on climate change adaptation.

UCT launches the African Climate and Development Initiative, which aims to inspire a future of responsible earth stewardship through research, teaching and social engagement.

Professor Haroon Bhorat steps into UCT’s 27th national research chair, awarded through the South African Research Chairs Initiative.

The world’s second positron emission particle tracking facility, PEPT Cape Town, is launched at iThemba Labs in Cape Town in 2009.

Professor Mino Caira receives the South African Chemical Institute's Gold Medal for 2009.

Professor Jill Farrant becomes the first woman and fourth UCT winner of the prestigious Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award, valued at €100 000.

The Department of Science and Technology awards its Best Emerging Scientist award to Physicist Dr Amanda Weltman for her outstanding scientific contribution to the natural sciences.

The UCT 2009 Book Award is awarded jointly to Professors Pippa Skotnes and Professor Nigel Penn.

Professor Anna-Lise Williamson and her team from the UCT Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine announce that their two preventative HIV vaccines have reached the first stage of human clinical trials, a first for Africa.

The 2009 Alan Pifer Award is made to Professor Raj Ramesar in recognition of his work with South Africa's most disadvantaged communities in the Northern and Western Cape Provinces.

Professors Bongani Mayosi and Johann Lutjeharms are awarded the Order of Mapungubwe (Silver), the country’s highest national order, for outstanding contributions in their respective fields.

UCT is part of the Southern African Consortium for Research Excellence, a new £30 million initiative funded by the Wellcome Trust, which aims to develop institutional capacity on the African continent to support and conduct health-related research.


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