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Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST)

CREST hosts five post-graduate programmes in Monitoring and Evaluation Studies and Science and Technology Studies.

The Centre also hosts the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP) and the SARCHI Chair in Science Communication (SciCOM).

How universities can combat bad research practices

What can universities do to foster research integrity and help scientists avoid questionable research practices? This was the question Prof Lex Bouter from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Amsterdam University Medical Center and the Department of Philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit tried to answer on 11 March 2020. He delivered the first Stellenbosch Forum Lecture of 2020 at Stellenbosch University.

Post-graduate Diploma in Research Management and Administration – first student intake in 2020

Stellenbosch University now offers the first Post-graduate Diploma in RMA – a course that was developed in and for Africa through an Erasmus+ programme funded project entitled StoRM. The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to RMA theory, practice and the latest trends via four modules offered over two years. Delivery of the course is through a combination of block (face-to-face) lecturing sessions, ongoing on-line support and tutor groups, self-study and written assignments.

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.

Digital training can help supervisors lift PhD output

Read the article published in The Conversation.

DIES/CREST Online Training Course for Supervisors of Doctoral Candidates at African Universities

This DIES/CREST course offers a flexible study opportunity to academic staff members, particularly novice doctoral supervisors, who are interested to advance their knowledge, skills and networks in doctoral supervision.