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SciCOM hosts the South African Research Chair in Science Communication.

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

An explosion of aromas at Woordfees honeybush Science Café

Sweet, floral or spicy. Rosy, fruity or woody. This science café at the 2020 Woordfees at Stellenbosch University, was all about the magic of honeybush tea. With its exciting variety of aromas, this indigenous tea is more than just a soothing drink. From a small cottage industry to a fully expanded research area, honeybush tea is on its way to taking its rightful place on the local and international tea landscape.

False information fuels fear during disease outbreaks: there is an antidote

During a public health crisis, people are eager for information about the disease and it is an ideal opportunity for scientists and public health officials to engage with diverse public audiences. Unfortunately, it is also a time when false rumours and conspiracy theories thrive. Dr Marina Joubert, senior science communication researcher at CREST, wrote for ‘The Conversation Africa’ about ‘misinfodemics’ and what can be done to stem the flow of misinformation online.

Current reflections on science communication in SA

The 2019 book ‘Science communication in South Africa’ is a collection of current reflections about the drivers, objectives, challenges and role players in science communication, with a focus on local context. Contributions have been developed from presentations at a 2018 science communication conference organised by the South African Research Chair in Science Communication at Stellenbosch University. Published by African Minds, the book is available as a free PDF download.

A week of #scicomm training

During the first week of December 2019, CREST hosted Australian science communication experts Jenni Metcalfe and Toss Gascoigne for a week of workshops and a two-day masterclass. Close to 50 researchers and institutional science communicators attended the two-day masterclass on 4 & 5 December 2019. This included intensive sessions on how to plan and integrate science communication as part of research, and how to engage specific audiences more effectively.