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Guest lecture The importance of a sustainable exploitation of natural research

As a part of their second semester project, our first-year students have the honour of having guest lectures from external experts related to the theme of the project: sustainable oceans. the first lecture of the series was given by Dr. Luísa Custódio.

On the 4th of February, the UCT community had the honour of having Dr. Luísa Custódio in for a lecture on “the world in green and blue: the importance of a sustainable exploitation of natural research”.  Luisa is the Principal Investigator of the XtremeBio research team at CCMAR, the Centre of Marine Sciences, University of Algarve in Portugal doing research on the usage of marine plant extracts in medicine, cosmetics and food.

After her talk, a short Q&A session (Covid-style) emerged between students, expert and UCT staff members, on the technologies themselves, the impact of research on the environment, motivations for research and collaboration and competition among companies and researchers and the role of trust in those.

This talk was part of a series of lectures from an international group of experts from industry and research on sustainable oceans. These experts are supporting our second-year students in the exploration of emerging technologies in marine biotechnology, maritime transportation and ocean-renewable energies.

More lectures in the theme of sustainable oceans are to follow. Please keep an eye on our website for more information.


Dr. Luísa Custódio
Principal Investigator, XtremeBio, Centre of Marine Sciences, University of Algarve
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