SciCOM hosts the South African Research Chair in Science Communication.

Following the allocation of a South African (DST/NRF) Research Chair in Science Communication, Stellenbosch University has become an African hub for research and postgraduate training in science communication.

The secrets behind persuasive science communication

On Friday 17 May 2019, CREST had the privilege of welcoming Pavs Pillay as guest speaker at our ‘Science Friday @ Stellenbosch’ series for 2019. Pavs is the manager of the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) SA. Sharing elements of her own journey from a marine scientist to a science communication strategist, Pavs reflected on lessons she’s learned along the way.

A new #scicomm journey begins

The field of science communication is a relatively new feature on the South African research landscape. As such, many researchers may still regard it as somewhat ‘uncharted territory;’ filled with potential dangers and uncertainties. Recently, however, 48 adventurous individuals from 15 countries embarked on a new online journey into the world of public science communication, also known as ‘scicomm’.

Master’s degree with a specialisation in Science and Public Engagement in 2020

Stellenbosch University offers an M.Phil. Programme in the field of science and technology studies, with a specialisation in science and public engagement. Interested applicants should apply online on or before 31 August 2019 (non-South African citizens) and 30 September 2019 (South African citizens).

Book on Health Communication in Africa: Call for manuscripts

We are editing a book on Health Communication in the African context with a proposed title “Health and disease in Africa, beliefs, traditions and stigma”. The book will among others, examine how different social groups and communities in Africa relate with health and disease. We are interested in manuscripts on these and other topics, which examine the relationship between science, traditions, religion, culture, etc. to provide a broad overview of Africa’s health issues.