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]