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An Inaugural Lecture is an auspicious occasion for the University to acknowledge the appointment or promotion of new, full professors, introduce them to the academic and non-academic community of the University, and to provide opportunity for engagement with the greater community.

The presentation of an Inaugural Lecture is a significant milestone in the academic career of a full professor and provides a platform to share past research and introduce new ideas to a diverse academic and non-academic audience.

The abstract and/or full text of each lecture as well as the CV and a news piece are available for download from the bulleted list below each Professor's name. The video of each lecture has been published on our YouTube channel and can also be accessed below the bulleted list.

2021

 

PROF ROELF VAN NIEKERK

Faculty of Business & Economic Sciences
Lecture title
"Psychological perspectives on the development and manifestation of extraordinary human achievements"

Date: 21 October 2021 (online event)

PROF JOANNE NAIDOO

Faculty of Health Sciences
Lecture title
"Stigma Syndemics & Symbolic (isms) in the context of HIV: Ways of Knowing in Health Care"

Date: 18 October 2021 (online event)

The negating effect of stigma on health outcomes has been widely established. Described as a hidden burden of disease, stigma significantly influences the inequities in health. The seminal work of Sociologist, Erving Goffman’s (1963), continue to underpin our current understanding of stigma as socially influenced through the symbolic interactions of everyday experiences that influences behaviour.


PROF FAROUK SMITH

Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology
Lecture title
"The invisible enemy of satellite electronics"

Date: 16 September 2021 (online event)

Spacecraft electronics are susceptible to the adverse effects of space radiation. Our jobs as engineers and scientists is to find ways to characterize these effects and find ways to mitigate it in order to ensure seamless operation of the satellite mission.



PROF KERRY-LYNN THOMSON

Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology
Lecture title
"Cybersecurity - Reducing the Attack Surface"

Date: 26 August 2021 (online event)

Almost 60% of the world’s population has access to the internet and most organisations today rely on internet connectivity to conduct business and carry out daily operations. Further to this, it is estimated that concepts such as the Internet of Things (IoT) will facilitate the connections of over 125 billion ‘things’ by the year 2030. However, as people and devices are becoming more and more interconnected, and more data is being shared, the question that must be asked is – are we doing so securely?



PROFESSOR BRINK BOTHA

Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology
Lecture title
: "Property Development Body of Knowledge - PDBoK"

Date: 11 August 2021 (online event)

Property development constitutes one of the largest enterprises and gross domestic product contributors of the world. Property development is about the development of land or Real Estate. The business of property development boasts enormous successes over the centuries, however also incurred substantial losses. Then the Covid-19 pandemic took this sentiment to new horizons.



PROFESSOR RUSSELL PHILLIPS

Faculty of Engineering; the Built Environment and Technology
Lecture title: "The role of renewable energy in de-urbanizing post Covid Africa"

Date: 28 June 2021 (online event)

The notion of promoting a remote work concept beyond the pandemic with a view to encouraging de-urbanization is proposed in this research. To achieve meaningful levels of de-urbanization in Africa, particularly in remote, rural areas two major challenges need to be overcome, namely internet connectivity and energy supply.


2020

 

PROFESSOR PIERRE PISTORIUS

Faculty of Science
Lecture title: "Marine Apex Predators - Sentinels of Oceans under Siege"

Date: 24 August 2020 (online event)

The notion of promoting a remote work concept beyond the pandemic with a view to encouraging de-urbanization is proposed in this research. To achieve meaningful levels of de-urbanization in Africa, particularly in remote, rural areas two major challenges need to be overcome, namely internet connectivity and energy supply.


Inaugural lectures from 2016 to 2019