Science Communication

"Science communication: An introduction to theory, best practice and practical skills"

Stellenbosch University offers the first online course in science communication in Africa, with a specific focus on the developing world.
 
This accredited short course of Stellenbosch University (pegged at Level 7 of the South African Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework, HEQSF) is presented by the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST).
 
The course was developed as part of the Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) Programme, with support from UK AID
 
WHY "SCIENCE COMMUNICATION"?
In a world where the gap between cutting - edge science and broad society continues to widen and where the science communication landscape is changing fast, there is a growing demand for people with professional skills in the effective public communication of science.

Science communicators

  • are key catalysts at the interface between science and society
  • play a key role in building bridges between experts, policy makers and society as a whole
  • help scientists to make their work meaningful, relevant, exciting and accessible to diverse audiences
  • facilitate public debate around controversial scientific topics and emerging technologies
  • create opportunities for scientists to engage with decision makers and listen to the concerns of the general public
  • work with partners in mass media and use the latest social media tools to make science part of everyday life.