Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST)

CREST hosts five post-graduate programmes in Monitoring and Evaluation Studies and Science and Technology Studies.

The Centre also hosts the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP) and the SARCHI Chair in Science Communication (SciCOM).

Building capacity in science communication

The 67 participants from across Africa who successfully completed the 2018 CREST online course in science communication will be receiving their certificates soon. The course, presented over six weeks, focused on the theory and practice of science communication, with a focus on the African context. It was co-presented by Dr Marina Joubert, Dr Lars Guenther and Professor George Claassen, with Rolene Langford as the course coordinator.

CREST now a Certified ATLAS.ti Training Organisation

CREST has been accredited as a Certified ATLAS.ti Training Organisation (CATO), the only accredited training centre in Africa to date. With this certification, CREST joins a worldwide network of organisations who demonstrate high-quality use of ATLAS.ti and collaborate using ATLAS.ti to support qualitative researchers. At the same time, CREST now joins FLACSO (Argentina) as an official ATLAS.ti training organization.

What’s holding Africa’s young scientists back?

The continued dependence of African higher education on international science funding, along with insufficient mentoring programmes and the legacy of the brain drain, are among key constraints to the progress of young African scientists, according to a comprehensive new book. The Next Generation of African Scientists is the product of a four-year study into what influences research performance and development of young scientists from more than 50 African countries.

DIES/CREST Online Training Course for Supervisors of Doctoral Candidates at African Universities

The course is presented over eight weeks. There are two offerings of the course in 2019, from 13 May – 8 July 2019 (followed by a practical assignment due on 9 August 2019) and from 14 October – 6 December 2019 (followed by a practical assignment due on 17 January 2020).