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 These seminars are held to stimulate interaction and promote the exchange of information on regional, national and international developments in marine and coastal research. If you would like to recommend a speaker, please contact the secretariat by e-mail: or tel: (021) 402 3536. These are open lectures and everybody is welcome to attend.


Date​ Speaker Topic​ Time​ Venue​ Host
​4 Feb Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan
UCT Biological Sciences
Biological Deductions from Fossil Bone 13h00 LT1 HW Pearson Building, UCT UCT Biological Sciences
​10 Feb Ms Hanlie Malherbe
Technical University of Munich
​Potential impacts of land use on ecosystem services along the southern coast, South Africa ​12h00 Cape Research Centre ​CRC
​19 Feb ​Mr Steven Jermy
Mojo Maritime Limited
​Leading the world in marine renewables - a decade's worth of Britain's experience in wave and tidal energy ​13h00 ​​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​​MA-RE SANCOR
​20 Feb Prof Peter Weingart
Research Chair in Science Communication, Stellenbosch University

​Public trust in science - why it matters and how it is earned or eroded

​12h30 for 13h00 ​5th Floor, Wilcocks Building, Stellenbosch University ​CREST - Science Fridays @ Stellenbosch
​25 Feb Dr Shane Elipot
University of Miami, The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
​Observations of Agulhas Current meanders, their Origins and Fate ​13h00 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​2 Mar Associate Professor Mathieu Rouault
Nansen Tutu Center for Marine Environmental Research and Dept of Oceanography, UCT
​Are Eastern Boundary Upwellings cooling or warming? ​13h00 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​9 Mar Dr Fabrice Collard
Oceandata Laboratory and Ifremer, France
​Advance  in the quantitative estimation of ocean surface currents from satellite sensor synergy
​13h00 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​23 Mar Ms Larvika Singh
Fisheries Branch, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
​The SEAFO Cruise Update ​13h00 ​DAFF Seminar Room, 5th Floor,  Foretrust Building ​MA-RE SANCOR
​27 Mar Professor Nox Makunga
Department of Botany & Zoology, Stellenbosch University
​Confessions of a communicating scientist – how public engagement is shaping my research career and making me a better scientist
(RSVP by 23 March)
​12h30 for 13h00 ​CREST, 5th floor of Wilcocks Building; c/o Ryneveld and Victoria streets, Stellenbosch CREST - ​Science Fridays @ Stellenbosch
​30 Mar Ms Flavia Flaviani
Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, University of Cape Town
​Ocean viruses: charting the depths of the unknown ​​​13h00 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​8 April Mr Dominic Rollinson
UCT Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
​An Antarctic Adventure ​13h00 ​John Day Building, 3rd Floor, Zoology Museum ​UCT Biological Sciences Department
​20 Apr Dr Sarah Fawcett
Department of Geosciences, Princeton University
Nitrogen cycle insights into the Antarctic Ocean’s biological pump ​13h00 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​21 Apr ​Dr Parvez Alam
Composite Materials and Biostructures, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
​Biomimetics - where size really matters ​13h00 ​UCT LT2 Molecular Biology Building ​​UCT Biological Sciences Department
​22 Apr ​Dr Thomas Wernberg
UWA Oceans Institute & School of Plant Biology, The University of Western Australia
​Marine heat waves: drivers, signatures and ecological impacts ​13h00 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​23 Apr Dr Joaquin Trinanes
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Miami, USA
​NOAA Operational Satellite Products ​9h30 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​Oceanography Department
​23 Apr Dr Shenfu Dong
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Miami, USA
​Contributions of the XBT Network to Our Understanding of the MOC in the South Atlantic ​10h30 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​Oceanography Department
4 May​ Professor Lynnath Beckley
Academic Chair (Marine Science),
School of Veterinary & Life Sciences,
Murdoch University, Australia
​Biological oceanography of the Leeuwin Current ​13h00 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​11 May ​Professor Michael J. Roberts
Program Leader: Observational & Operational Oceanography
Head of Research Group: Physical & Applied Oceanography
Oceans and Coasts Research
Department of Environment Affairs
​The Western Indian Ocean Upwelling Research Initiative (WIOURI)- A Flagship project of the new International Indian Ocean Expedition 2 (IIOE2) (2016-21) ​​13h00 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​18 May Dr Pedro M. Scheel Monteiro
Head: Ocean Systems & Climate
​What have we learned from 5 years of Seasonal Cycle thinking, observing and modelling in the Southern Ocean? ​13h00 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​1 June Mr Patrick Vianello
UCT Oceanography Department
​A Qualitative and Physical Analysis of Processes around the Mascarene Plateau
​13h00 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​2 June Dr Christopher Mah
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
​What's so important about Deep-Sea Diversity? A survey of slime stars, deep-sea corals, hydrothermal vents and more! 18h00​ ​Two Oceans Aquarium SAEON, DST, SeaKeys and TOA​
​5 June Dr Olivier Maury
​Can we build a “physics-like” theory of marine ecosystems? ​12h30 ​Duncan Elliot Seminar Room, RW James Building ​UCT Centre for Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
​5 June Dr Stefan Simis
Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK & Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Helsinki, Finland
​Phytoplankton products derived from automated along-track hyperspectral reflectance: do we need satellites? ​13h00 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room UCT Oceanography
​10 June Dr Christopher Mah
Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC
​New perspectives in Starfish Phylogeny: Data from Phylogenomics and Paleontology ​13h00 ​Museum, 3rd floor, John Day Building ​UCT Biological Sciences
​22 June ​Mr Martin Purves
Southern Africa Programme Manager
Marine Stewardship Council
​​Environmental and social benefits of certification: the South African hake trawl fishery ​13h00 ​Foretrust Building, 6th Floor, HR Training Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​9 July Dr Carryn de Moor
UCT Department of Maths & Applied Maths
​Assessing the South African sardine resource:
two stocks rather than one?
​13h00 UCT ​Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​20 July ​Assoc Prof David Schoeman
Dept of Biostatistics, University of the Sunshine Coast
​Connecting the dots in marine climate-change ecology ​12h00 ​New Life Sciences Building, 5th Floor, Core 2, UWC ​Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, UWC
​24 July Prof Elizabeth Wasserman
Stellenbosch University
​tbc - Introducing young children to science and the process of research 12h30 for 13h00​

​CREST, 5th floor of Wilcocks Building (Room 4043 & 4045) ; c/o Ryneveld and Victoria streets, Stellenbosch

​Science Fridays @ Stellenbosch;


​27 July Associate Professor Mathieu Rouault
Nansen Tutu Center for Marine Environmental Research and Dept of Oceanography, UCT
​The 2010/2011 Benguela Nino
​13h00 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​​MA-RE SANCOR
​3 August Dr Christophe Maes
IRD, France
​Vertical stratification of the upper ocean: documenting the specific role of the Salinity in the Tropics ​13h00 ​UCT ​Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​26 August Various Speakers ​Tracking Implementation of an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) in South Africa ​9h00 ​Kramer Lecture Theatre 3, Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus, University of Cape Town ​WWF South Africa, the Responsible Fisheries Alliance & UCT
​31 August Mr Jarred Voorneveld
Ms Katherine Leigh Moffett
Oceanography Department, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

A study of the variability of the Agulhas Retroflection


Comparison between two sets of Argo float trajectories released into the Agulhas Current in 2013

​13h00 ​UCT ​Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​14 September Dr Els Vermeulen
SANCOR Postdoctoral Fellow, Sea Search and Whalefish
​On the population status of bottlenose and humpback dolphins ​13h00 ​UCT ​Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​18 September Various speakers ​A global snapshot of current research in science communication ​14h00 ​CREST (Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology)
Stellenbosch University
​Science Fridays @Stellenbosch
​21 September Associate Professor J Alan Clark
Department of Biological Sciences, New York, USA
​Socially Facilitated Breeding Behavior in Colonial Birds ​13h00 ​​UCT Molecular Biology Building, LT1 ​UCT Biological Sciences
​28 September Dr Eleonora Puccinelli
Postdoctoral Fellow, Coastal Research Group, Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University
​Upwelling effects on the diet of filter feeders in the Benguela ecosystem. ​13h00 ​UCT ​Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​2 October Prof Arie Rip
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Twente, Netherlands
​Responsible Research & Innovation – containing the force of knowledge? ​12h30 for 13h00 ​CREST, Stellenbosch University (Room 4043; 5th floor of Wilcocks Building; c/o Ryneveld and Victoria streets, Stellenbosch)

​Science Fridays @Stellenbosch



​12 October ​Professor Isabelle Dadou
University of Toulouse, France
​Coupling between Physics and Biogeochemistry in the Benguela Upwelling System
(Nitrogen and Oxygen cycles, Oxygen Minimum Zone, Productivity)
​13h00 ​UCT ​Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​26 October
Dr Marjolaine Krug
​Preliminary results from the Shelf Agulhas Glider Experiment (SAGE) ​13h00 ​UCT ​Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​2 November
​Mr Peter MacKinnon
Biomark, USA
​The use of Passive Integrated Transponders to tag fish species ​13h00 ​UCT PD Hahn 6.6, Cas Troskie Room ​MA-RE SANCOR/SEEC
​5 November ​Prof Arne Biastoch
​Agulhas leakage contributes to warming in the Atlantic Ocean ​13h00 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​9 November Prof John Field
MArine REsearch (MA-RE) Institute
University of Cape Town
​Indian Ocean Research in 1964 and in 2020 ​13h00 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​12 November Dr Ken Findlay
University of Pretoria, Mammal Research Institute, Whale Unit
​The MRI Whale Unit – Why we do the research we do ​18h30 for 19h00 ​Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront ​Two Oceans Aquarium
​16 November Mr Craig Smith
Director: Small-Scale Fisheries Management, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Branch: Fisheries Management

​Small-scale fisheries:
from policy to implementation


(presentation slides available here)

​13h00 ​HR Training Room, 6th Floor of Foretrust Building ​MA-RE SANCOR
​19 November ​Dr Yonss Jose
GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
​Oxygen minimum zones of the tropical south Pacific ​Oxygen minimum zones of the tropical south Pacific ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​23 November Prof Kevern Cochrane
Rhodes University

​Ecosystem approach to fisheries: common sense as a concept

(Presentation slides available here)

​13h00 ​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​MA-RE SANCOR
​2 December Dr Sophie Seeyave
Executive Director, POGO
​The Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) and its relevance to South African scientists ​13h00 ​​UCT Oceanography Seminar Room ​CSIR-UCT
​6 December Dr Laura Blamey
UCT-NRF Research Career Advancement Fellow
​Climate and anthropogenic effects on kelp systems in the southern Benguela: a work in progress ​13h00 ​Museum, 3rd floor, John Day Building, Upper Campus ​UCT Biological Sciences
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