The digital divide in Africa is the issue of a low population numbers having internet access (4%) despite having a huge share of the worlds population (20%). A team of international researches coordinated by Professor Andrew Forbes from the School of Physics and Professor Ling Cheng of the School of Electrical and Information Engineering set out to address this problem and published solutions in Nature Photonics. The team has spoken to Wits University and the Mail and Gaurdian, and the sory has been published in the july issue of EngineeringIT magazine. A short video can be found here.
We recently visited HartRoa, just outside Johannesburg, SA where space geodesy and astrophysics are the topics of the day – everyday. Here, amongst many other exciting projects, they work with large telescopes to do radiometry, use satellite laser ranging to track satellites and feed into the databases that gives us accurate GPS.
Hend Sroor won the best poster award at the recent OSA Siegman School for Lasers. Nicknamed ‘fractal lady’ after the winning research topic, Hend made it to the top amongst the ~100 students attending the conference from around the world and presenting their research in poster format.
Andrew was at the DST Innovation Bridge chatting to the Director General of the DST (Department of Science and Technology), Dr Phil Mjwara, and the Minister of Science, Naledi Pandor.
Established in 2015, the Innovation Bridge is an event aimed at encouraging and accelerating the use and commercialization of technologies and knowledge in publicly funded research and technology institutions.
We are proud of Angela making it to the top female researcher list in South Africa for physics with the highest citations between 2007 and 2016.
Angela’s response to making the list is: ”I’m honoured that my peers value my scientific contributions. I’ve been lucky to be a part of a dynamic team with ambitious and skilled mentors and team members, who guide and challenge me.”
Below is the top female researcher’s list for South Africa in honour of Woman’s Month.
Thank you for being a wonderful inspiration!
We were strategizing research with a different perspective on light with Marcus Neustetter who graciously hosted us in his art studio and widened our views on connecting light and art.
Marcus explores the boundary between science and art, using it as a tool to connect communities and science, making a difference in both these worlds.
Photograph: An artistic take on our personal mind maps, imbued with pinpricks of light.