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2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW | RESEARCH
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
LEADING TUBERCULOSIS
RESEARCHER PROFESSOR
KEERTAN DHEDA, head of the
Division of Pulmonology, was
awarded the 2018 Scientific
Leadership prize by the European
and Developing Countries Clinical
Trials Partnership (EDCTP).
PROFESSOR DAYA REDDY was
elected as the first president of the
newly formed International Science
Council, a new global organisation
representing more than 180 scientific
bodies across the globe.
UCT CHAIR OF ASTRONOMY
PROFESSOR RENEE KRAANKORTEWEG won the Minister’s Special
Award in the field of astronomy at
the South African Women in Science
Awards (SAWISA) 2018.
UCT VACCINOLOGY RESEARCH
CHAIR PROFESSOR ANNA-LISE
WILLIAMSON, internationally
recognised for her research
on vaccinology and human
papillomavirus (HPV) in Africa, was
awarded a gold medal at the South
African Medical Research Council
(SAMRC) Scientific Merit Awards.
THE CENTRE FOR AUTISM
RESEARCH IN AFRICA (CARA),
LED BY PROFESSOR PETRUS DE
VRIES, was awarded the inaugural
Cultural Diversity Research Award by
NEW P
RATINGS
Dr Sarah Fawcett
(Department of Oceanography)
Dr Geoffrey Howarth
(Department of Geological Sciences)
Associate Professor
Alistair Price
(Department of Private Law)
LEADING SCHOLARS
the International Society for Autism
Research (INSAR). De Vries was
elected as an INSAR Fellow at the
same conference.
19%
PROFESSOR TANIA DOUGLAS,
DIRECTOR OF UCT’S MEDICAL
IMAGING RESEARCH UNIT in the
Division of Biomedical Engineering,
was included on the 30 Quartz Africa
Innovators list for 2018.
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PROFESSOR MARK NEW, DIRECTOR
OF UCT’S AFRICAN CLIMATE AND
DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (ACDI)
and holder of the AXA Research
Fund Chair in African Climate Risk,
was presented with the Piers Sellers
Prize for his global contributions in
leading climate research.
PROFESSOR MARK SOLMS was
awarded the prestigious Harry
Oppenheimer Fellowship Award,
which recognises leading scholars
with sustained records of outstanding
research and intellectual achievement
at the highest level.
PROFESSORS KELLY CHIBALE,
VIRNA LEANER AND KEVIN
NAIDOO were inaugurated as
Members of the Academy
of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).
ASSAf also awarded Professor LindaGail Bekker an ASSAf Science-forSociety Gold Medal.
of the country’s SARChI (South
African Research Chairs Initiative)
chairs have been awarded to UCT researchers.
TOTAL
NUMBER
OF SARCHI
CHAIRS
3 COMMERCE
7 EBE
11 HEALTH SCIENCES
4 HUMANITIES
4 LAW
13 SCIENCE
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(33%) of South Africa’s NRF A-rated
researchers, who are considered
international leaders in their field, call UCT home.
UCT NRF-rated scholars as at 31 December 2018
541
TOTAL
NUMBER
OF RATED
RESEARCHERS
9 CHED
45 COMMERCE
65 EBE
140 HEALTH SCIENCES
88 HUMANITIES
22 LAW
172 SCIENCE
Total as per rating categories as at 31 December 2018
541
TOTAL
NUMBER
OF RATED
RESEARCHERS
A B C P Y
42
169 239
UCT hosts two African
Research Universities
Alliance (ARUA)
centres of excellence,
each addressing a
research theme aligned to the
United Nation’s Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs).
The ARUA Centre of Excellence
in Climate and Development
hosted by UCT within the African
Climate and Development Initiative
135
83
A rated – leading
international researchers
B rated – internationally
acclaimed researchers
C rated – established
researchers
P rated – prestigious
awards
Y rated – promising
young researchers
UCT WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN UNIVERSITY
TO JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE
OF RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES (IARU)
CENTRES OF
EXCELLENCE
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(ACDI) conducts innovative
interdisciplinary research to
strengthen Africa’s voice
in the climate-change
discussion.
The African Centre
of Excellence for
Inequalities Research
(ACEIR), under the
banner of ARUA,
was launched in May
2018 to consolidate
and magnify the efforts of
African universities as they relate
to poverty and inequalities research.
*These figures were unaudited
at the time of going to print
and may be subject to change.

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