Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology
"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.
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.