STIAS Conference on Memory and the Past to be held in Berlin (29–31 Oct 2009)

STIAS Conference on Memory and the Past to be held in Berlin (29–31 Oct 2009)

Research fellows from STIAS (the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study) will be participating in an international conference focusing on Historical Memory and Social Transformation to be held in Berlin from 29 to 31 October. The aim of the conference is to scrutinise the role of human memory in the processing of the past and of traumatic events. … [Read more]

Towards a New Humanism: Symposium at STIAS (22-23 July 2009)

Towards a New Humanism: Symposium at STIAS (22-23 July 2009)

On 22 and 23 July a number of deeply rooted issues affecting society will come under the spotlight at a symposium on “Towards a New Humanism” held at the STIAS Wallenberg Research Centre. About twenty South African participants have been invited and will be joined by a number of colleagues from abroad. The symposium is … [Read more]

Two renowned international scientists to visit STIAS as first Donald Gordon Fellows

Two renowned international scientists to visit STIAS as first Donald Gordon Fellows

During the month of August the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) will host Profs Manuel Castells and Leonard Susskind as the first two Donald Gordon Fellows. This fellowship was made possible by a generous grant from the Donald Gordon Foundation. Profs Castells and Susskind will be at STIAS from 4 to 14 August and … [Read more]

Stellenbosch gets a ‘village vineyard’

Stellenbosch gets a ‘village vineyard’

A unique ‘town vineyard’ was planted at the historical Mostertsdrift, home of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) at Stellenbosch University (SU) on two occasions recently. On Thursday, representatives of the University, the Municipality, the wine industry, the community and the Institute planted the first of close on 1 000 grapevines on this historic … [Read more]

Hawking gives enthusiastic support of NITheP

Hawking gives enthusiastic support of NITheP

The National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP) in South Africa received the “strong and enthusiastic support” of famous theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, at its opening at the Wallenberg Research Centre at STIAS on Tuesday. Prof Hawking, who suffers from motor neuron disease and communicates using a sophisticated computer system, was not part of the list … [Read more]

Nobel Prize-winner, Prof Sydney Brenner, visits STIAS

Nobel Prize-winner, Prof Sydney Brenner, visits STIAS

Prof Sydney Brenner, South African-born Nobel Prize winner for Medical Science in 2002, is a visiting fellow at STIAS. He was at Mostertsdrift recently to continue planning his extensive project proposal titled ‘The Sciences of Humanity’. Prof Brenner has been invited to take up a fellowship at STIAS early next year. He will lead this … [Read more]

Prof. Hendrik Geyer appointed as new director of STIAS

Prof. Hendrik Geyer appointed as new director of STIAS

Prof Hendrik Geyer has been appointed the new Director of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS). He succeeds Prof Bernard Lategan, who is retiring on 31 March 2008 and has been head of the institute since STIAS was established in 1999. Prof Geyer is professor in Theoretical Physics and Director of the Institute for … [Read more]

Opening of the Wallenberg Research Centre

Opening of the Wallenberg Research Centre

The modern Wallenberg Centre, made possible by a generous grant from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation of Sweden, was officially opened on 15 November 2007. The was accompanied by a week of celebrations and lectures. The official opening on Thursday 15 November started with a champagne celebration where the architect, Mr Hein Visser explained … [Read more]