UoB BMVP Michael T. Davies-Coleman, Public Lecture: Science in Africa. Challenges and Opportunities

30 July 2018, 12.00 PM - 30 July 2018, 1.00 PM

Professor Michael T. Davies-Coleman, University of Western Cape, South Africa

Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Professor Mike Davies-Coleman joined the University of Western Cape in June 2012 as the Dean of Natural Sciences. Professor Davies-Coleman moved to UWC from Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape where he was Professor of Organic Chemistry and a former Head of the Department. In addition to over two decades of experience teaching organic chemistry in the Department of Chemistry he also lectured for several years in the School of Pharmacy at Rhodes University at the beginning of his academic career. His research interests, while specializing in marine natural products chemistry, have encompassed synthetic organic chemistry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, marine invertebrate biology and taxonomy, microbiology, biochemistry and pharmacology.

The continent of Africa is faced by many unique challenges (population growth and urbanization, climate change and food security, and disease) for which scientific research carried out in Africa in collaboration with international researchers can provide a number of solutions.

This presentation will provide an overview of science in Africa and will reflect on the difficulties faced by scientists at African universities and the resilience required to overcome these difficulties. In addition to recent successes by African scientists in the fight against malaria and HIV AIDS, examples of the exploitation of unique research opportunities and local beneficiation of Africa’s vast natural resources will be highlighted.

By 2030 nearly a billion Africans will be under the age of 18. The impact of this reality on under-resourced South African schools and universities is already being felt. Over the last decade the University of Western Cape, an historically disadvantaged tertiary institution opened in 1960 under the apartheid system, despite its limited resource base, has invested significantly in science both within the university and schools in poor rural and urban areas. The positive results emerging from this investment will be presented.

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This event is being co-organised by the Cabot Institute and the Institute for Advanced Studies.