South African COVID-19 Resource Portal – sacoronavirus.co.za

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.

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.

Webinar on Masters and PhD Science Communication Teaching

Wednesday 17 June 2020 @ 14:00 CEST (Central European Summer-Time) GMT+2
Please join us for a one-hour webinar about post-graduate science communication teaching, where we will also explore the idea of creating a virtual network of science communication teachers/lecturers. This webinar is intended as the first in a series of one-hour long, bi-monthly webinars catering for the shared interests of university lecturers who teach on science communication programmes.

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.

Three key drivers of good messaging in a time of crisis: expertise, empathy and timing

Not since World War II have people across the globe been so united in fear as now, when the COVID-19 pandemic dominates headlines and daily realities. Effective science communication during a pandemic is literally a matter of life or death. For science communicators to be effective, best practice principles need to be applied to the design of their messages, the choice of who conveys those messages, as well as the tone and timing of messages.