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Author: Media & Communication, Faculty of Science
Published: 17/02/2020

​Jannie Hofmeyr will be leading the Science Cafe Stellenbosch conversations at Woordfees 2020. With a wide interest in the natural and social sciences, this distinguished emeritus professor in biochemistry and bio-complexity brings a new dimension to this year's topics – from the soul of the ant and swarm intelligence to honey bush tea, genetic testing and the normalisation of informality.

Science Café Stellenbosch is an initiative of the Faculty of Science at Stellenbosch University to promote the discussion of scientific issues in a language that everyone can understand. Since 2015, Science Café Stellenbosch has presented a number of talks during Woordfees at Die Plataan. Entrance is free, but arrive early to ensure a good seat.

During the rest of the year Science Café Stellenbosch events are presented at various locations in town. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with future talks, or join our mailing list by sending an email to

Below is a list of the talks for March 2020:

Eugene Marais' Soul of the White Ant: forerunner of modern machine learning - Monday 9 March, 18:30-19:30, Die Plataan

What's life like under the microscope? - Tuesday 10 March 2020, 13:00-14:00, SU Library Auditorium

Informal is the new formal: integration of informal settlements into cities - Tuesday 10 March 2020, 18:30-19:30, Die Plataan

The story of honeybush: from the Langkloof to world class tea - Wednesday 11 March 2020, 18:30-19:30, Die Plataan I Click here for more information -

Genetic testing: valuable self-knowledge or snake-oil trick - Thursday 12 March 2020, 18:30-19:30, Die Plataan  I Click here for more information -

 Photos: Stefan Els