SciCOM hosts the South African Research Chair in Science Communication.

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 science communication.

South African COVID-19 Resource Portal – sacoronavirus.co.za

SciCOM team member appointed to the Editorial Board of Learned Publishing

On 3 March 2021, SciCOM team member, Francois van Schalkwyk, was appointed to Editorial Board of the journal Learned Publishing. Learned Publishing publishes peer reviewed research, reviews, industry updates and opinions on all aspects of scholarly communication and publishing.

New PhD project to focus on cancer in the mass media

Lili Rademan is a new doctoral candidate at CREST who follows the specialisation in science communication, starting her study in 2021. Her background in physiology and journalism fuelled the idea for her research plan to investigate the issue of pseudoscience and misinformation in the media with specific reference to cancer reporting via online news media in South Africa. Her study will also explore the perceptions of South African cancer researchers and health journalists regarding pseudoscientific cancer claims and their potential role and responsibility to combat it.

Scientists and policymakers – can they see eye to eye?

University-based researchers and science policymakers live in different worlds, face different challenges and have different information needs. However, for science to impact policymaking, they must find a common language and a way to communicate effectively.

Six researchers were inspired to put their heads together in order to craft a science communication strategy that would help bridge the science–policy gap.

There has never been a better time to sharpen your #scicomm skills

Enrol now for this Stellenbosch University online course

The popular online science communication course at Stellenbosch University is designed to help researchers and communication professionals to get to grips with the principles and practice of effective science communication. Across all modules of the 2021 edition of this course, we will reflect on the effect of the global Covid-19 pandemic, and its implications for public science engagement, with a focus on what we have learned that we can use to improve future science communication activities. Apply on or before 21 May 2021.