SARAO announces selection of South African-led projects to use the MeerKAT telescope
Posted on May 07, 2019
The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) announced the selection of 38 South African-led projects to use the MeerKAT radio telescope. UP's Prof. Roger Deane is co-investigator on 6 of the selected projects and principal investigator of two.
69th Lindau Laureate pre-Travel Meeting: Public lectures on cosmology and the SKA
Posted on May 05, 2019
As part of the 69th Lindau Laureate pre-travel meeting, two public lectures on Fundamental Physics with the Radio Sky and on the MeerKAT Radio Telescope will take place at Sci-Enza on May 16th.
‘You can be whatever or whoever you want to be’ – 2018 UP Derek Gray Award recipient
Posted on April 29, 2019
“I love learning about the world around me and how science can shape and change it,” says first-year student Rahil Samlal, who is studying towards a BSc Microbiology degree in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP). Rahil is also the winner...
UP Physics postgrad selected to attend Nobel Laureate Meeting
Posted on April 18, 2019
Justin Harrison, a recent MSc graduate from the Department of Physics at the University of Pretoria (UP), will be one of only 20 top young scientists from South Africa to attend the 69th Nobel Laureate Meeting later this year in Lindau, Germany.
Physics postgraduate student selected to attend Nobel Laureate Meeting
Posted on April 12, 2019
Mr Justin Harrison, a recent MSc graduate from the Department of Physics at the University of Pretoria (UP), is one of only 20 top young scientists from South Africa to attend the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to physics later this year in Lindau, Germany. The Academy of Science of...
University of Pretoria astrophysicist part of team involved in capturing first black hole image
Posted on April 10, 2019
University of Pretoria (UP) astrophysicist Professor Roger Deane was part of the international group of scientists who have captured the first image of a black hole. His group worked to develop simulations of the complex, Earth-sized telescope used to make this historic discovery. These...
Astronomers capture first image of a black hole
Posted on April 10, 2019
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today, (10 April) in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers reveal that...
First Soapbox at NAS with two renowned academics
Posted on April 05, 2019
Two seasoned academics from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS), Prof Jan Verschoor (Biochemistry) and Prof Wentzel Schoeman (Chemistry) recently gave their own unique flavour to the term ‘soapbox’.
Latest T&[email protected] Bulletin (2019) now available
Posted on February 04, 2019
The second issue of the 2019 NAS T&L Bulletin was officially launched on 1 February 2019.
According to Dr Rory Biggs from the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, one of the editorial members of the Bulletin, "The T&[email protected] Bulletin aims to be a forum for sharing thoughts,...
Prof Serena Coetzee to head up UP Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology
Posted on November 26, 2018
The University of Pretoria congratulates Serena Coetzee on her appointment as Professor and Head of the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology (GGM) in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. She had served as acting Head of Department since March 2018.
Revolutionary times: How MeerKAT and Earth-sized telescopes are expanding our thinking
Posted on October 11, 2018
There was global excitement when MeerKAT, the biggest radio telescope in the world, was launched in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape in July. But few people could have been as excited as Professor Roger Deane, who heads up the University of Pretoria’s radio astronomy research team in the...
Public lectures on Solar Energy and Photosynthesis
Posted on September 24, 2018
Three public lectures on Solar Energy and Photosynthesis will be held at Sci-Enza from 2-4 October
PhD School on String Theory
Posted on August 28, 2018
The department will host the 10th Joburg School on String Theory from Oct. 1-5
Prof M. Diale receives NSTF-South32 Award
Posted on July 01, 2018
Congratulations to Prof Mmantsae Diale who received the Engineering Research Capacity Development Award at the 2017/2018 NSTF awards.
Spring School on Solar Energy and Photosynthesis
Posted on June 29, 2018
The 2018 Spring school on Solar Energy and Photosynthesis has been announced. Registration by 31/7
SARChI Chair awarded to Prof. M. Diale
Posted on June 14, 2018
Prof Mmantsae Moche Diale has been awarded a Research Chair in Clean and Green Energy by the NRF.
2018 Eskom Expo
Posted on May 31, 2018
Students from biophysics adjudicated at the annual 2018 Eskom Expo.
’Life would be tragic if it weren't funny’ – Stephen Hawking (1942–2018)
Posted on March 15, 2018
Stephen Hawking was one of those rare scientists whose communicative approach to theoretical physics helped to shape the popular understanding of the complex theories of relativity and the idea that black holes emit radiation.
Carbon Nanomaterials Group of the Physics Department, UP acquires new state-of-the-art confocal micro-Raman system
Posted on February 15, 2018
The Carbon Nanomaterials (CNM) Group headed by Prof Ncholu Manyala at the Physics Department have newly acquired the high performance WITec alpha300R confocal Raman system which has the capability of running Raman imaging, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy...
Interdisciplinary spring course on solar energy and photosynthesis
Posted on November 01, 2017
The Department of Physics hosted a highly successful postgraduate interdisciplinary course on solar energy and photosynthesis at the University of Pretoria during the October recess.