Graduation this year encompassed a range of highlights. Firstly, the official robing of Vice Chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng by Chancellor Graça Machel on the 13th December 2018, and secondly, the renaming of the Jameson Memorial Hall to the Sarah Baartman Hall to reflect the history of the people of South Africa. Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) student Glynis Humphrey also graduated on the 14th December 2018 with her doctorate under the supervision of Associate Professor Gillson (PCU Deputy Director). Glynis was among 1885 graduates, 118 doctorates, and 780 Masters students who graduated from the University of Cape Town during six ceremonies this season.
On Monday, 3 December 2018, members of the Plant Conservation Unit team and associates gathered to have some lunch at the UCT Club at the University of Cape Town to celebrate a fun and successful year and to bid farewell to Samantha Venter and Sally Mashele. The PCU would like to extend its utmost appreciation and gratitude to Samantha Venter and Sally Mashele for playing such a significant role. We wish you all the best! Read the article to learn more.
On 30 November 2018, two Plant Conservation Unit PhD students, Wesley Bell and Gina Arena, participated in the Department of Biological Sciences Research Day for postgraduates held at Hlanganani Junction in the main library at the University of Cape Town #UCTBioDay2018. The mini-symposium was well-organised with a programme consisting of 19 oral and 6 poster presentations from the marine, botanical, zoological and ecological sciences. Read the full article to learn more!
A conference on the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation was recently held from 28-30 August 2018 at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town. The conference was hosted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and was organised in association with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. The Plant Conservation Unit’s PhD student Kirsti Nghidinwa was among the participants. read the full article to learn more!