Prof Gert van Zyl (third from right) from the Division of Medical Virology in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) delivered his inaugural lecture on Tuesday, 21 May. He spoke about Along a meandering road: Highlights and lessons in medical virology. Also at the lecture were Profs Julia Blitz (Vice-Dean: Learning and Teaching at the FMHS), Wolfgang Preiser (Division of Medical Virology), Hester Klopper (Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Strategic Initiatives and Internationalisation), Jimmy Volmink (Dean of the FMHS), and Dr Therese Fish (Vice-Dean: Clinical Services and Social Impact at the FMHS). Photo: FLORENCE DE VRIES

Prof Coenie Koegelenberg (middle) from the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) delivered his inaugural lecture on Monday, 3 June. The title of his address was The significance of sound: Learning through listening. Also at the lecture were Profs Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, and Jimmy Volmink, Dean of the FMHS. Photo: WILMA STASSEN.

Op Donderdag 23 Mei het prof Lou-Marie Kruger van die Departement Sielkunde in die Fakulteit Lettere en Sosiale Wetenskappe haar intreerede, getiteld Love in a time of violence: Of caring and of shame, gelewer. Saam met Kruger by die geleentheid was proff Anthony Leysens, Dekaan van die Fakulteit Lettere en Sosiale Wetenskappe, en Stan du Plessis, Uitvoerende Bedryfshoof. Foto: STEFAN ELS

On Wednesday 12 June, Prof Christo Thesnaar (middle) from the Department of Practical Theology and Missiology in the Faculty of Theology delivered his inaugural lecture. He spoke about Divine discomfort: A relational encounter with multi-generational and multi-layered trauma. With Thesnaar at the lecture were Profs Reggie Nel, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, and Stan du Plessis, Chief Operating Officer. Photo: ANTON JORDAAN

Prof Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs (middle), from the School of Public Leadership in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and incumbent of the DST/NRF Research Chair in Social-Ecological Systems and Resilience, delivered her inaugural lecture with the title Resilience: An approach to navigating towards more sustainable futures in the Anthropocene, on 5 August 2019.  With her on the photo are Prof Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies and Prof Ingrid Woolard, Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.  Photo: Anton Jordaan

Prof Ingrid Woolard (middle) , Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, delivered her inaugural lecture entitled Mind the gap: Income inequality in post-apartheid South Africa on 7 August 2019. With her on the photo are Prof Nico Koopman, Vice-Rector: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel and Prof Stan du Plessis, Chief Operating Officer of Stellenbosch University.  Photo: Anton Jordaan

Prof Deon de Bruin (middle), a professor of Industrial Psychology at Stellenbosch University, delivered his inaugural lecture with the title Measurement in Industrial Psychology: Advances in theory and practice, on 19 August 2019.  With him on the photo is Prof Ingrid Woolard, Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and Prof Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies at SU. Photo: Anton Jordaan

Prof Ronelle Burger (middle), a professor of Economics at Stellenbosch University, delivered her inaugural lecture with the title Amplifying the voices of our communities, on 20 August 2019.  Prof Burger’s research examines why vulnerable communities receive such poor public services.  With her on the photo are Professors Ingrid Woolard, Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University. Photo: Anton Jordaan

Prof Zurab Janelidze (middle), a professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Stellenbosch University, delivered his inaugural lecture with the title Formulas and forms in categorical algebra, on 3 September 2019.  With him on the photo are Prof Louise Warnich, Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Prof Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies.  Photo: Anton Jordaan

Inaugural Lecture​s

An inaugural lecture is a formal event for newly appointed professors or those who have been promoted to full professor and has to be presented within a year after their appointment or promotion.

The Registrar’s Division is responsible for co-ordinating the production and publishing of inaugural lectures as well as the content management of this website.

The Corporate Communication Division collaborates with the different faculties regarding the logistical arrangements for the event.

Colleagues, family members and other interested parties are invited to attend the inaugural event.

Upcoming Lectures

Prof Jonathan Jansen

From ‘die sedelike toestand van die kleurling’ to ‘the cognitive functioning of coloured women’: A century of research on coloured people at Stellenbosch University

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MathScience/IndustPsych Building – Lecture Hall 1005, 36 Merriman Avenue
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7600 South Africa
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Prof Guven Akdogan

Matte to metal: Understanding the intricacies of PGM processing

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Room E202 – Electrical and Electronic Engineering building, Faculty of Engineering, c/o Banhoek & Joubert Street, 22 Joubert Street
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7600 South Africa
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Prof Cara Schwarz

Phase equilibria of fluid phase systems

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Room E202 – Electrical and Electronic Engineering building, Faculty of Engineering, c/o Banhoek & Joubert Street, 22 Joubert Street
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7600 South Africa
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Prof Thuli Madonsela

Viewing the law through a social justice lens: Can data analytics help judges and lawyers answer the call to leave no one behind

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Adam Small Auditorium, Ryneveld Street, 2 Victoria Street
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7600 South Africa
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2019 Past Inaugural Lectures

Prof Gert van Zyl

Along a meandering road: Highlights and lessons in medical virology

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Lecture Hall 7, Education Building, Tygerberg Campus, Francie Van Zijl Drive
Cape Town, Western Cape 7505 South Africa
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Prof Lou-Marie Kruger

Love in a time of violence: of caring and of shame

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Ou Hoofgebou (Old Main Building), Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch, 50 Ryneveld Street
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7600 South Africa
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Prof Coenie Koegelenberg

The significance of sound: Learning through listening

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Lecture Hall 7, Education Building, Tygerberg Campus, Francie Van Zijl Drive
Cape Town, Western Cape 7505 South Africa
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Prof Christo Thesnaar

Divine discomfort: A relational encounter with multi-generational and multi-layered trauma

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Attie van Wijk Auditorium, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch, 171 Dorp Street
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7600 South Africa
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Prof Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs

Resilience: An approach to navigating towards more just and sustainable futures in the Anthropocene

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Room1046, Van der Sterr Building, Bosman Street, Stellenbosch, 12 Bosman Street
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7600 South Africa
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Prof Ingrid Woolard

Mind the gap: Income inequality in post-apartheid South Africa

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Room 1046, van der Sterr Building, Bosman Street, Stellenbosch, 12 Bosman Street
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7600 South Africa
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Prof Guangling Liu

Macro-prudential policy and financial stability: Generic versus sector-specific rules

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Room 2118, Van Der Sterr Building, Bosman Street, Stellenbosch, 12 Bosman Street
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7600 South Africa
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Prof Deon de Bruin

Measurement in Industrial Psychology: Advances in theory and practice​

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Room 1046, Van der Sterr Building, Bosman Street, Stellenbosch, 12 Bosman Street
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7600 South Africa
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Prof Ronelle Burger

Amplifying the voices of our communities

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Room1046, Van der Sterr Building, Bosman Street, Stellenbosch, 12 Bosman Street
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7600 South Africa
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Prof Zurab Janelidze

Formulas and forms in categorical algebra

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Lecture room A203, JC Smuts Building – Biological Sciences, Merriman Street, Stellenbosch, 54 Merriman Street
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7600 South Africa
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