VC's Inaugural Lecture Series

Explosion Protection: Reality or Fantasy

Vice-Chancellor's Inaugural Lecture Series. Explosion Protection: Reality or Fantasy

Professor Genevieve Langdon“Can we really protect against explosions? Unfortunately, explosions often make the headlines because they cause devastating damage and loss of life. Professor Langdon will talk about the reality of explosions, the different types of explosions that happen and the ways we can protect against their devastating effects."

Professor Genevieve Langdon

Date: 12 September 2017
Time: Doors open at 17:00. Lecture starts promptly at 17:30.
Venue: Snape Building, Lecture theatre 1, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town


Professor Genevieve Langdon is the Deputy Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Cape Town, as well as the Director of the BISRU, a UCT accredited research centre. She has worked at UCT since 2004. She obtained her PhD from the University of Liverpool in 2003, for work on the response of offshore structures to gas explosions. Her current research interests are on the blast protection of structures and the use of sustainable materials in explosion resistant applications. Her work seeks to save lives through improved protection, and also reduce the environmental impact of blast protection systems.

She holds a C1 NRF rating and has co-authored more than 60 journal papers, in addition to numerous conference papers and book chapters. She is currently the secretary of the International Impact Engineering Society and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Impact Engineering. In 2011 she was a founder member of the South African Young Academy of Science, where she pursued outreach to the next generation of science learners. In 2014 she was awarded the S2A3 Silver Medal for outstanding research by a person under 40 years old.



Disclaimer: Spaces are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis for those that have replied before cut off time. Doors close at 17:30 and should you not be seated by 17:15 your space may be re-allocated to guests on a waiting list.

UCT memorabilia will be on sale at the registration desk.

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