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The allocation of Africa’s first South African Research Chair (SARChi) in Science Communication to Stellenbosch University (SU) positions the University to take the lead in this academic field across the continent. CREST (Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology), where the Stellenbosch chair in science communication will be hosted, has an extensive track record of teaching and research at the interface of science and society, and has been teaching a module on “Science and its Public” as part of its STS programme since 1998, as well as a module in science communication as part of its master’s programme in STS since 2013. CREST also launched an online short course in science communication in January 2015 – the first of its kind in Africa.

  • CREST hosts South Africa’s first South African Research Chair (SARChi) in science communication

  • Most children are naturally curious and inquisitive about science and technology

  • Good communication skills are essential if scientists want to reach, engage and influence policy makers

  • Explaining complex science to young children is challenging, but also rewarding

  • Games, comics, music and art can open up novel and creative ways to share science

  • Science communication helps to feature role models and careers in science.

  • For many children a visit to a science centre may be their first opportunity to get close to science and technology.

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How do first-year students see scientists?

The science communication team at CREST (Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology) kicked off 2017 with a research project to find out more about how first-year students at Stellenbosch University perceive scientists. This project will be the first that compares the perceptions of first-year university students across three broad fields of study, and we believe it is the first study of its kind in Africa.


Application for a Postdoctoral Fellow

Stellenbosch University is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to join a new and dynamic research team that has affiliations and collaborators across Africa and Europe. The successful candidate will be appointed for two years, but the fellowship is renewable for another two-year term. This fellowship is part of the DST-NRF SARChI research chair in science communication, established at Stellenbosch University in 2015, with Professor Peter Weingart as the chair holder.

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For General Enquiries:  Ms Marthie van Niekerk (Tel. +27 21 808 3708)

For enquiries about SciCOM:    Prof Peter Weingart (email only) OR  Ms Marina Joubert (Tel. +27 21 808 9609)

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