Broaden your SCICOMM horizons and prospects with SCICOMM Online in 2023

Around the world, researchers, research funders and policymakers are increasingly aware of the need to make scientific research more accessible to public audiences, and to engage a wide range of public groups in the processes of science. Science communication is emerging and expanding as a vibrant field of practice and scholarship, while science communication and public engagement strategists and researchers are increasingly in demand.

Applications are now open for the 2023 online short course in science communication on offer at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. More than 400 participants from across Africa and beyond have successfully completed this course since 2015.

Over the course of six modules in six weeks, we explore theory and practice in science communication and public engagement with science, and get to grips with key challenges and trends in these fields. The course provides ample opportunities for professional development and linkages to everyday life and work, but also encourages critical reflection. Completing this course could also be a stepping-stone to further postgraduate studies in fields related to ‘science and society’.

The course will be presented by Dr Marina Joubert and Lili Rademan, with weekly guest speakers

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Important information

The online course run from 7 August to 30 November 2023 and is presented in English. The course includes six weeks of coursework and six weeks for a final assignment. Course materials are presented via the online learning platform at Stellenbosch University, supplemented by one ‘live’ online lecture per week. Students complete weekly mini-assignments and a final project at the end of the course.

The course is presented in English and the course fees for 2023 are ZAR 10,000.00.

Please click here to apply. The application deadline is 7 July 2023.

For more information about the application process, please email Ms Rolene Langord at

For more information about the course content, please email Ms Lili Rademan at

Feedback from 2022 participants

“This course was eye-opening and extremely helpful for me. I really enjoyed it and also had fun doing the assignment. After taking the course, I feel I have a much deeper understanding of what science communication is about.” (Johannes Ndjamba)

“I just submitted my final assignment and it’s a bittersweet feeling. I enjoyed this course a lot and learned so much. I also have to mention that the assignments were very well curated and helped me understand and apply the content much better. This last assignment was a massive challenge, but I loved doing it. Thank you for the quality content and wonderful course.” (Marlouw Engelbrecht)

“I just wanted to say a hearty thank you to Lili, Marina, all the guest speakers and the rest of the participants for such a wholesome and knowledge-rich course.” (Jamila Janna)

“Marina and Lili, thank you so much for this outstanding course and for sharing your in-depth knowledge and expertise with us. This course has really helped me in my work, and I am now trying to approach my work with more intentionality to put into practice the skills and theory I’ve gained from this course.” (Gina Arena)