The Plant Conservation Unit would like to give a warm welcome to Sonto Mtolo who has recently joined us as an intern under the DST-NRF programme. Sonto will be working with Samantha Venter and Prof. M. Timm Hoffman and will largely assist in processing historical photographic collections and with our citizen science project, rePhotoSA. Welcome Sonto!
On 27 February 2018, Cherié Forbes, a doctoral candidate at the Plant Conservation Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT), attended the Western Cape Climate Change Response Forum: An initiative under Provincial Strategic Goal 4. The meeting was co-hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning and the African Climate and Development Initiative based at UCT. Read the full article to learn more about the workshop. Article and images supplied by Cherié Forbes.
“Hanging on a Wire: Photographs by Sophia Klaase” was shortlisted for, and subsequently won, the 2018 Humanities and Social Sciences Award for Best Non-Fiction Edited Volume. The awards were held at the John Kani Theatre at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg on 15 March 2018. Congratulations to the editors, Rick Rohde and Siona O’Connell, as well as to the photographer Sophia Klaase (“Vytjie”), who sadly passed away at the beginning of 2017.
Petra Holden, who recently completed her PhD at the Plant Conservation Unit, along with five other PhD students from the global north and south reflects on what it means to do transdisciplinary PhD research in an exciting new blog series called, "Transdisciplinary PhD Journeys". "Reflecting on the challenge of the ‘transdisciplinary triple jump’" is the first post in the series, which will run for the next six months.