# Overview

# CTMP in a nutshell

The Centre for Theoretical & Mathematical Physics (CTMP) is a communications platform for the theoretical and mathematical physicists dispersed over the Physics and Applied Mathematics departments of UCT. As an inter-departmental research unit it is devoted to the promotion of interdisciplinary research in the areas of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Cosmology and General Relativity, Theoretical Physics (High Energy-Particle and Astro-Particle Physics, String Theory), and Applied Mathematics. It strives to nurture the exchange of new concepts and ideas between its members and a veritable stream of international visitors. As a natural consequence this immerses our students in a lively research environment on par with leading institutions worldwide, featuring weekly research seminars, post-graduate lecture series, workshops, conferences, and summer schools.

**Short history: ** 1984: Founded as the Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics (ITPA) with Jan Rafelski as director until 1987. 1989: D.R. Matravers takes directorship. 1990: C.A. Dominguez takes charge. 2008: Igor Barashenkov becomes director, name changed to Centre for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics (CTPA). 2010: Name changed to Centre for Theoretical & Mathematical Physics (CTMP). 2011: Heribert Weigert takes directorship

**Jack de Wet Student Competition 2016:**

The Centre of Theoretical and Mathematical Physics at the University of Cape Town announces the Jack de Wet Student Competition 2016. The competition is open theoretical and mathematical physics students currently enrolled for an honours degree at UCT. The Department of Physics and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Cape Town sponsor the competition with R2000 to be awarded for an outstanding honours project. Both the thesis and the presentation will be evaluated.