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.

Platform for critical, credible science news and views

The number of specialist science writers is dwindling. At the same time, calls are mounting for scientists to make their work more publicly visible and accessible. People are increasingly going online to search for science-related content, but find it difficult to distinguish between reliable, science-based information and dubious, pseudoscientific claims.

Science is everywhere, but no one knows it!

New research from the SciCOM team focuses on how different rural communities in South Africa perceive science. The article “Science is Everywhere, but No One Knows It”: Assessing the Cultural Distance to Science of Rural South African Publics, has been published in Environmental Communication.

Stereotypical images of scientists

Three members of the SciCOM research team collaborated with three academic faculties at Stellenbosch University (Arts and Social sciences, Natural science and AgriSciences) to conduct the first “Draw-a-Scientist” research project in South Africa, designed to test first year students’ perceptions of scientists.

SciCOM 100
Conference 2018

From 5 – 7 November 2018, Stellenbosch University will host South Africa’s first conference with a focus on research in the field of science communication.

Online course
#Scicomm online 2018

Stellenbosch University online short course in science communication from 6 August to 17 September 2018.