Science Out Loud popular science talks at the Cape Town Science Centre is a platform where speakers give freely of their time to inspire and connect citizens with science.
- There is no charge to attend SOL talks, but donations are welcome. All funds received directly support our educational exhibits and activities.
- SciCafe will be open before each talk with light refreshments for sale.
- Booking is recommended. Please call 021 300 3200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your seat.
Is there a specific topic that you would like to know more about? Get in touch and tell us what you’d like to hear, and we’ll try to get a speaker for our programme.
Dinosaurs: How we know what we know – Prof Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan
18 June 2014, 17:30 for 18:00
We are all eagerly awaiting the exhibition “DAYS OF THE DINOSAUR” at the CTICC, which gets to Cape Town on 31 July. Be prepared and bring the family along to the following talk at the CTSC – it will without a doubt enrich your visit to the exhibition when it gets to Cape Town!
Dinosaurs (except for birds) have been extinct for sixty five million years. How then do we know so much about them? In this illustrated talk, Prof. Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan will unravel the tantalizing clues that tell us about dinosaurs and their world.
Lucky Draw: Stand a chance to win 1 of 10 tickets to the “Days of the Dinosaur” exhibition.
Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan is a palaeobiologist and Head of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town. She is a global expert on the microscopic structure of the bones of extinct and extant vertebrates. Anusuya has been recognized by several highly acclaimed awards: For example, in 2005 she won the South African Woman of the Year Award, which acknowledged her contribution to science both in terms of research and science communication to the wider public. In the same year she won the “Distinguished Women Scientist Award” from the South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology. In 2013 Anusuya was awarded the World Academy of Science (TWAS) Sub-Saharan Prize for the Public Understanding and Popularization of Science. Professor Chinsamy-Turan has published extensively in scientific journals, as well as, in the popular press. She has published two academic books and a popular level book for children entitled, “Famous Dinosaurs of Africa” (RandomHouse Struik, SA). Currently she has another popular level book entitled “Fossils for Africa” that is in press with Cambridge University Press.
World Science Festival: Cool Science for the Curious – Alan Duggan
25 June 2014, 17:30 for 18:00
Alan Duggan is the founding editor of Popular Mechanics magazine, South Africa’s leading science and technology title, and organiser of several successful conferences focusing on everything from home-grown inventions to cutting-edge science and technology. He and his team are in the process of arranging this year’s FutureTech conference, part of the official programme for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.
Alan recently returned from New York, where he attended the annual World Science Festival, founded by theoretical physicist and best-selling author Brian Greene. In this talk, he will share some of his experiences and offer a few ideas for staging a similar event in Cape Town.