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Water Sensitivity and Cities

Tue, 2017-12-12
17:00 to 20:30
Public seminar by Professor Emeritus Richard Ashley, University of Sheffield, UK; IHE Delft, Netherlands; Lulea Technical University, Sweden Talk overview Originally developed in Australia, the concept of water sensitive urban design (WSUD) encompasses city planning, making water more central to policy making, and engaging citizens. It has been successful in helping to tackle issues of drought whilst also reducing polluted discharges into coastal waters and inland waterways, as well as helping to reduce the substantial urban heat islands that occur in Australian cities. In 2011, Australia experienced severe flooding in many major cities. The securing of more than Aus$120m in 2012 for a major programme of research and development led by Monash University, the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, provided the means and the concentration of experts to further develop WSUD ideas to include flooding and all aspects of the water cycle. The first tranche of projects finished in 2017 and included international experts from IHE Delft, Netherlands, as well as the Technical University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Case studies were conducted mainly in Australia, but also in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Singapore and China. The project will be reviewed and potential lessons for other countries, including South Africa will be presented in this seminar. About the Speaker Prof Richard Ashley is a Professional Chartered UK Civil Engineer and former MD of the Pennine Water Group at the University of Sheffield. He is Director of EcoFutures Ltd.; researcher in flood resilience at IHE Delft, Netherlands; and Adjunct Professor at Lulea Technical University, Sweden. He is the recipient of the IWA/IAHR Joint Committee on Urban Drainage 2014 triennial Career achievement award, and has a research career spanning 50 years in the design and science of urban drainage systems. In the last 20 years he has worked extensively in cross-disciplinary activities covering governance, sustainability and resilience of urban water systems. Richard has more than 500 publications, and significant research findings mainly in respect of urban drainage and flooding. Richard is joining us after the IWA YWP conference. This talk is jointly hosted by the Future Water Institute, the UCT Urban Water Management group, the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA), the International Water Association (IWA) and the Young Water Professionals (YWP).

CFMS PhD attends course in France on “The Journalistic Field, Media, Culture and Participation”

Tue, 2017-11-14 19:03 -- CLTWIL005

CFMS PhD student Chikezie Uzuegbunam recently attended a fully funded PhD short course on "The Journalistic Field, Media, Culture and Participation" in Paris, France. The course, which ran from 24-28 October, is dedicated to bring together emerging and senior scholars to debate key dimensions of participation, both in regards to traditional audiences and to the new forms of digital collective actions.

Public Lecture - Prof Michael Levitt, Stanford University

Fri, 2017-11-17
15:30 to 16:30
Birth & Future of Multiscale Modeling About Prof Michael Levitt - 2013 Nobel Prize Laureate for Chemistry Born in South Africa in 1947, Prof Levitt was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry (shared with Martin Karplus and Arieh Warshel). Prof Levitt’s diverse interests have included RNA & DNA modelling, protein folding simulation, classification of protein folds & protein geometry, antibody modelling, x-ray refinement, antibody humanisation, side-chain geometry, torsional normal mode, molecular dynamics in solution, secondary structure prediction, aromatic hydrogen bonds, structure databases, and mass spectrometry. He has a passion in helping today’s young scientists gain the recognition and independence that his generation enjoyed.  

Public Lecture - Prof Michael Levitt, Stanford University, 2013 Nobel Prize Laureate for Chemistry

Tue, 2017-11-14 13:23 -- 01404025

Public Lecture by Prof Michael Levitt, Stanford University 

Birth & Future of Multiscale Modeling

Date:     Friday 17th November, 2017
Venue:  PD Hahn Lecture Theatre 3
Time:    15h30-16h30

Born in South Africa in 1947, Prof Levitt was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry (shared with Martin Karplus and Arieh Warshel). Prof Levitt’s diverse interests have included RNA & DNA modelling, protein folding simulation, classification of protein folds & protein geometry, antibody modelling, x-ray refinement, antibody humanisation, side-chain geometry, torsional normal mode, molecular dynamics in solution, secondary structure prediction, aromatic hydrogen bonds, structure databases, and mass spectrometry. He has a passion in helping today’s young scientists gain the recognition and independence that his generation enjoyed.

In his talk, Prof Levitt will review how the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems began in 1967. These same multiscale models have become increasingly popular in applications that range from simulation of atomic protein motion, to protein folding and explanation of enzyme catalysis.

Data for Climate Action win!

Tue, 2017-11-14 10:36 -- 01403001

Congratulations to Jasper and his team, who won one of the 3 thematic awards at the Data for Climate Action (D4CA) challenge award ceremony at COP23!

D4CA is a competition under the UN Global Pulse programme. Teams were asked to "use big data and data science to catalyse action on climate change". There were 97 teams involved so to be among the winning ones is a great achievement.

The team's submission developed a tool for detecting vegetation changes in near real-time. You can read more about the approach here.


The submission was led by Jasper, Adam Wilson and Glenn Moncrieff, with contributions from a number of other SEEC people - Zaza, Etienne, and Vernon. Well done to everyone!

4 November 2017 SATVI offers bursary to cover Registration fee to cover SciMathUS program

Tue, 2017-11-14 09:40 -- 01444503

The South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative will be offering a limited number of bursaries to cover the Registration Fees associated with the SciMathUS Program, a university preparation program which is offered by the Stellenbosch University Centre for Pedagogy (SUNCEP).

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The Little Theatre serves as an interdisciplinary unit run in association with the Drama Department. It provides theatre spaces and facilities for theatre research for departments within the University as well as production opportunities for theatre, film and television companies and community groups. 

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