Dr Marina Joubert is a senior researcher in the field of science communication at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University. Following a career of more than 20 years in science communication practice, she joined Stellenbosch University in 2015 and was instrumental in establishing the first academic programme in public science communication and engagement in Africa. Since then, she has published extensively in the field and supervised several postgraduate students. In 2015, she developed and launched an online short course in science communication, offered over a period of 12 weeks. By 2021, close to 500 students from across Africa and beyond, completed this course successfully.
Her research interests focus on how scientists respond to increasing demands for public engagement, and how scientists can be supported to be more successful when they reach out to communities, youth, policymakers and other audiences. She serves on several international advisory and editorial boards, including the GlobalScape Advisory Board (an EU Research project on science communication in a global context, 2021 – 2023) and is a member of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Cross-Cutting Activity (CCA) on Science Communication. In 2015, she won the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) award for her contribution to science communication in South Africa. She is an honourary life member of the global Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Network.
A few key research articles that Marina authored or co-authored include:
- A conceptual review of public engagement with science in academic literature and science policy (2021)
- A book chapter on the history of science communication in South Africa (2020).
- An article about how the novel coronavirus was portrayed in editorial cartoons in South African newspapers during the Covid-19 pandemic (2019).
- A commentary about how and why Prof Salim Abdool Karim became a media star during the Covid-19 pandemic (2020).
- An article about the country-specific factors that motivate or deter scientists in terms of public engagement (2018).