The Department of Environmental and Geographical Science puts on an excellent display at UCT’s recent Open Day. As usual we had two stands, with one in Humanities and one in Science, indicative of our student in-take across these two Faculties.
The 2016 SSAG student conference celebrated 100 years of geography and brought students together from universities across South Africa. This was held in Stellenbosch University and was the 48th student conference celebrated in September, South Africa’s heritage month. The conference provided us with the opportunity to get to know and network with other passionate geography students in our fields of research, and the wide range presentations was interesting and inspirational.
Earlier this year one of our Master’s students, Claire van Wyk, attended the biennial Adaptation Futures conference in Rotterdam. Adaptation Futures is run by the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). This year the conference was co-hosted by the European Commission and the Government of the Netherlands
One of UCT’s five New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) scholars, Mbatha had been set for a career at the parastatal who’d funded her honours year. And it was time to honour the family of modest means who’d supported her through her difficult undergrad years as she struggled to find her path.