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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.

Exploring a novel tool for sharing science

The days when people could read news about science only in their (printed) morning newspaper are gone forever. Today, scientists use online platforms and social media to make their work visible and to engage diverse audiences. As science communication experts, researchers at SU’s Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) are interested in interactions between scientists and society. These interactions include trends in the communication of science via traditional and online media.

Post-docs invited to participate in research about popular science writing

The training will be presented online, in three two-hour slots on 3, 5 and 7 August 2020 respectively, from 10:00 to 12:00 each day.
Stellenbosch post-doctoral students who work in the field of environmental science are invited to participate in a research project of the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST). The workshop is designed to improve skills and confidence in science writing for a lay audience, including policymakers and research funders.

Science communication scholars confront the “wicked” Covid-19 challenge

On Tuesday 26 May, the PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) Network invited all its members, as well as registered attendees of the postponed PCST 2020 Conference, to participate in the first of a series of online webinars. Science communication and the Covid-19 crisis was the topic of the day, with several speakers refereeing to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences as a “wicked” problem.

Comics and cartoons are a powerful way to teach kids about COVID-19

Comics and cartoon strips, with their rich visuals and engaging illustrations, can help children to understand why the world around them has changed due to a virus. Dr Marina Joubert, senior science communication researcher at CREST, has written an overview of why these visuals tools are so effective to answer the questions of young readers (and their parents). She provides an overview of research that underlines the potential of comics and cartoons, and lists some interesting examples from around the world. All of these resources are free to download, and many are available in several languages.