Prof. 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 public engagement with science 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 2022, more than 500 participants 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 researchers 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, and is the deputy editor of the Journal of Science Communication (JCOM). She is an honourary life member of the global Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Network.

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