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Research Highlights and Innovations 2019-2020

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) geographical vantage point at the tip of Africa offers an exhilarating research environment that combines excellence with impact.

As a leading research university, UCT is one of the best places in the world to research Africa-specific problems, from the chemistry of malarial drug discovery to the development of urban Africa. We have strong collaborative networks across the globe and often form a nexus of partnerships between researchers in the global north and global south, particularly Africa. UCT is the first university in Africa to join the International Alliance of Research Universities. It is therefore not surprising that we attract researchers — from postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows to leaders in their field — from all over the continent and the world.

Healthcare for Africa

In a country that faces four epidemics, where most countries only have one or two, UCT has developed expertise in addressing healthcare in Africa. The Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine and the Drug Discovery and Development Centre have produced ground-breaking research, particularly in the areas of HIV, TB and malaria. The Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa is the first of its kind in Africa.

Climate and development

UCT has extensive interdisciplinary expertise in conservation, climate adaptation and community conflict. The AXA Research Fund awarded its first research chair in Africa to the director of the African Climate & Development Initiative, a leading research group. The Future Water Institute builds on UCT’s substantial research footprint in water and encompasses the skills and resources of departments across six faculties. UCT also hosts two Centres of Excellence under the African Research Universities Alliance, which draw together expertise from across the continent: the African Centre of Excellence for Inequalities Research and the Centre of Excellence in Climate and Development.

Experts in the southern skies

Through its global experts in the field, such as Professor George Ellis who co-wrote The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time with Stephen Hawking, and leading role in the Square Kilometre Array, UCT is a growing hub for astronomical and astrophysics research in Africa. Professor Russ Taylor is heading up the university’s involvement in the Square Kilometre Array project and the big-data challenges it brings.

UCT’s latest research

UCT’s research magazine, Research Highlights and Innovations 2019-2020, features research stories from across the university, as does its research and innovation news site.

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Research

Date range: 1 November 2020 - 31 October 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of Cape Town (UCT) published between 1 November 2020 - 31 October 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the Share for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Article Count and Share for University of Cape Town (UCT)
Count Share
157 20.11

Outputs by subject (Share)

Outputs by subject
Subject Count Share
71 5.19
9 2.59
66 6.94
21 7.46

Share output for the past 5 years

Share per year
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
14.83 9.92 15.69 15.87 19.28

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Highlight of the month

Mineral deposits used for radiocarbon dating rock art

© Nick Rains/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images

Mineral-rich growths on ancient rock art could provide a reliable way of radiocarbon dating the paintings and engravings upon which they have collected.

Many rock-art panels around the world are marked by a build-up of minerals – in particular the carbon-containing mineral calcium oxalate, which is thought to form as a result of biological processes on the rock surface involving bacteria, algae, fungi or lichens.

Now, a team that included researchers from the University of Cape Town has used radiocarbon dating on samples of these mineral deposits taken from rock art found at 16 sandstone rock shelters in the Kimberley region of north-western Australia.

Even though the rock shelters were more than 90 kilometres apart, the radiocarbon dating gave similar results across them. The results also matched what is known about the humans who lived in the region and are connected to the art.

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References

  1. Science Advances 7, eabf3632 (2021). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abf3632

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Collaboration

Date range: 1 November 2020 - 31 October 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 15.93% Domestic
  • 84.07% International

Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.


Top 10 domestic collaborators with University of Cape Town (UCT) by Share (62 total)

  1. University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits University) (4.48)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)2.63
    University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits University)1.85
  2. University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) (3.92)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)1.36
    University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)2.57
  3. University of Cape Town (UCT) and National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) (3.62)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)2.15
    National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS)1.46
  4. University of Cape Town (UCT) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) (2.41)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)1.78
    Department of Science and Technology (DST)0.63
  5. University of Cape Town (UCT) and Stellenbosch University (SU) (2.35)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)1.67
    Stellenbosch University (SU)0.68
  6. University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of Johannesburg (UJ) (1.72)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)0.87
    University of Johannesburg (UJ)0.85
  7. University of Cape Town (UCT) and Africa Health Research Institute (1.45)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)0.47
    Africa Health Research Institute0.98
  8. University of Cape Town (UCT) and DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Birds as Keys to Biodiversity Conservation (1.45)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)0.48
    DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Birds as Keys to Biodiversity Conservation0.96
  9. University of Cape Town (UCT) and Rhodes University (RU) (1.31)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)1.13
    Rhodes University (RU)0.18
  10. University of Cape Town (UCT) and Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) (1.30)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)1.03
    Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH)0.27

Top 10 international collaborators with University of Cape Town (UCT) by Share (1884 total)

  1. University of Cape Town (UCT) and Max Planck Society (3.30)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)1.18
    Max Planck Society2.12
  2. University of Cape Town (UCT) and National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) (3.27)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)0.10
    National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN)3.17
  3. University of Cape Town (UCT) and UCL (3.06)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)1.24
    UCL1.81
  4. University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of Cambridge (3.03)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)1.00
    University of Cambridge2.03
  5. University of Cape Town (UCT) and Harvard University (2.99)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)0.34
    Harvard University2.65
  6. University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of Oxford (3.33)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)1.24
    University of Oxford2.08
  7. University of Cape Town (UCT) and French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) (3.14)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)1.35
    French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)1.79
  8. University of Cape Town (UCT) and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) (2.69)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)0.87
    The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)1.81
  9. University of Cape Town (UCT) and European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) (2.67)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)0.11
    European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)2.56
  10. University of Cape Town (UCT) and Imperial College London (ICL) (2.34)
    University of Cape Town (UCT)1.21
    Imperial College London (ICL)1.13

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