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

Report on the quality of research publications released

In 2017, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) commissioned CREST to investigate the quality of research outputs in South Africa and make recommendations about how the current system can be changed and strengthened to ensure that only the best and highest quality South African publications are subsidised. The report, which is now available for download, consists of extensive findings of an analysis of the most recent trends in the quality and integrity of research publications funded under the DHET research output framework. It also contains a number of recommendations to improve the current system.

There has never been a better time to sharpen your #scicomm skills

Enrol now for this Stellenbosch University online course

The popular online science communication course at Stellenbosch University is designed to help researchers and communication professionals to get to grips with the principles and practice of effective science communication. Across all modules of the 2021 edition of this course, we will reflect on the effect of the global Covid-19 pandemic, and its implications for public science engagement, with a focus on what we have learned that we can use to improve future science communication activities.

Apply on or before 21 May 2021.

Applications open for Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at CREST

An opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher at CREST is currently available. The successful applicant will participate in bibliometric studies and studies of research uptake/impact and/or valorisation in the context of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). At least two research projects are envisaged: (1) a project to explore and map the impact contributions of South African-Zimbabwean research collaboration, and (2) a bibliometric study of global research production in forestry research, with a specific focus on South Africa and Tanzania.

The closing date for application is 29 January 2021.

Digital training can help supervisors lift PhD output

Read the article published in The Conversation.

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

This DIES/CREST course offers a flexible study opportunity to academic staff members, particularly novice doctoral supervisors, who are interested to advance their knowledge, skills and networks in doctoral supervision.