SciCOM hosts the South African Research Chair in Science Communication.
Over the last 20 years, science communication has emerged as a dynamic and multi-faceted field of research and teaching at leading academic institutions around the world. 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 this field.
The science communication research chair is hosted at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) and staffed by three people: The research chair (Professor Peter Weingart), a senior researcher (Dr Marina Joubert) and a postdoctoral fellow (Dr Bankole Falade). In addition to an active and productive research programme, the Chair offers masters and doctoral students the option to specialise in public science engagement when they enrol for science and technology studies at CREST. Read an overview of SciCOM research themes and projects.
As an introduction to science communication as a field of research and practice, the Chair also offers a fully online course, presented over a period of six weeks, with a specific focus on science engagement challenges in the developing world. This is the first online course in science communication in Africa and also the first fully online course at Stellenbosch University. Since 2015, close to 200 delegates from across Africa and beyond have completed this course.