Nobel meeting for student

A UWC PhD student, Siyambonga Matshawule, is among five top young South African physicists who have been nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to attend the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.

ASSAf, as the official partner of the Lindau Foundation and with funding from the Department of Science and Technology, annually nominates young scientists to attend the conference, where they meet Nobel-Prize-winning scientists and other promising young scientists from around the world.

Some 30 Nobel laureates and more than 402 young scientists from 80 countries are expected to take part in this year’s meeting from Saturday June 26 to Friday July 1.

Participants, who are chosen in a global selection process, are outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate students and postdoctoral research fellows, under 35 years of age, in the field of physics, which is the focus of this year’s meeting.

Siyambonga, who is also an nGAP (New Generation of Academics’ Programme) lecturer in the department of physics and astronomy, is the second young UWC astrophysicist to attend the meeting, which has been held annually since 1951.