This lecture by Dr Robin Catchpole of the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, takes place on Thursday 15 June.
Henry Morton Stanley
By charting the Congo River, H.M. Stanley uncovered an economic rationale for Europeans to colonise Africa. Tim Butcher examines the journey that fired the starting gun for The Scramble for Africa. Saturday 5 August 4.00–6.00 pm. COURSE FEES...
Winter School 2017
Don't miss out on Winter School 2017, a brand new offering from Extra-Mural Studies. Over forty lecturers present the latest research on genetics, healthy ageing, archaeology and astronomy. Questions are asked and answered: How can tree...
Learn how to identify trees at Winter School
How can tree identification be made easier for ordinary people who do not have access to flowers and microscopes, tree DNA and/or herbaria? Professor Eugene Moll shares some tips and tricks.
Roger Smith holding whaitsid therocephalian from Badshoek
Earliest tetrapods in Gondwana
What were the earliest terrestrial vertebrates in the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana? What could they tell us about the evolution of life on land? Find out what a multinational team of palaeontologists discovered in the Huab river valley ...


Friday, 23 June 2017
Edible insects

Eating insects has long made sense in Africa. The world must catch up.

Eating insects is as old as mankind. Globally, 2 billion people consume insects, a practise known as entomophagy. It is more common in Africa than anywhere else in the world. The continent is home to the richest diversity of edible insects – more than 500 species ranging from caterpillars (Lepidoptera) to termites (Isoptera), locusts, grasshoppers, crickets (Orthoptera), ants and bees (Hymenoptera), bugs (Heteroptera and Homoptera) and beetles (Coleoptera). Read more about this story on The Conversation.

Mike Picker's Summer School course on insects is full booked, but you can join the waiting list for a possible repeat.

Publication Date:
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 14:45
Mud dragon prehistoric bird discovered in China
Extraordinary ancestors of modern birds: unearthing a mud dragon in China

A November 2016 edition of the journal Nature Scientific Reports tells the story of a new species of winged dinosaur discovered in southern China by construction workers, who almost destroyed it with dynamite. Rare discoveries of fossils like these inspire Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, who will be lecturing on The Curious Lives of the Thunder birds and their Kin at Summer School 2017.

Publication Date:
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 13:15
Svetlana Alexievich
Summer School Book Club: The Bolshevik Revolution


Svetlana Alexievich, who won the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature for her book Second-Hand Time, described by the judges as “a monument to suffering and courage in our time”, has been shortlisted for the £30,000 Baillie Gifford prize for non-fiction. Alexievich’s study of life in the Soviet Union just before the system collapsed will be of interest to the many participants enrolling for Ten Days and a Hundred Years: The Long Shadow of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Publication Date:
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 12:30
Contemporary art at UCT Summer School

     Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art? No one need be, according to popular Summer School lecturer Ian Aaronson.

Publication Date:
Friday, November 27, 2015 - 15:45