Pretoria Branch Talks

The Pretoria Branch of the S2A3 presents talks during the university semester. They are usually scheduled at 17:15 on the first Wednesday of the month and presented in the Sci-Enza, but there are exceptions. If you want to receive notices of forthcoming talks, please join our mailing list.

7 March 2007: Dr Adrian Tiplady, University of Cape Town: KAT and the SKA: The future home of  Radio Astronomy in South Africa.

9 May 2007: Albert Gazendam, Meraka Institute, CSIR. Building the most powerful superconductor in Africa.

1 August 2007: Marthán N Bester, Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria: Elephant Seals and the International Polar Year.

5 September 2007: Prof Keith Manchester, School of Molecular and Cell Biology, WITS. Chemical complexities in a crime novel.   

3 October 2007: Prof John F. Ogilvie, Visiting professor of chemistry, University of Pretoria; associate, Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics, Simon Fraser University; honorary professor  of  chemistry, Universidad de Costa Rica. Peregrinations about  π and mathematics with a computer

5 April 2006: Dr Lynne Webber, Lancet Laboratories & Dept of Medical Virology, UP. Influenza – no time for complacency for South Africa.

3 May 2006: Professor Frans Waanders, Director: School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, NWU: Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site.

7 June 2006: Dr Geoff Grantham, Council for Geoscience. Antarctic – Southern African Geological relationships.

2 August 2006: Prof Rudi van Aarde: Conservation Ecology Research Unit, UP. Conservation of southern Africa’s elephants: dealing with causes rather than symptoms.

14 September 2006: Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan: Zoology Department, University of Cape Town. Dinosaurs: How we know what we know.

6 October 2006: Prof Peter Richerson, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California Davis, USA. Evolution on a Restless Planet: Did Climate Change and Climate Variation Drive Human Evolution?

2 March 2005:  Professor J Boeyens, Extraordinary Professor, Chemistry Department, University of Pretoria. Quantum Personalities

6 April 2005: Dr J Kotze, Specialist food & nutrition consultant. Nutrition: Facts & Fiction

4 May 2005: Dr Ina Plug: Research Fellow, UNISA. Past climate changes and human habitation in southern Africa.

1 June 2005: Dan Jacobson, CEO National Bioinformatics Network. New frontiers in Biology: Bioinformatics leads the way.

4 July - 6 July 2005: 50th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics:  Mr Walter Meyer notified S2A3 members that Conference Lectures, held on the main campus of the University of Pretoria, were open to the public.

3 August 2005:  Prof Robin Crewe, Vice Principal, University of Pretoria. Social parasitism by Cape honeybee workers: understanding evolutionary lotteries.

7 September 2005: Dr Jan Rijn Zeevaart. What’s wrong with the bones, Holmes?