The DSI/NRF South African Research Chair in Science communication undertakes research designed to:

  1. Meet the science communication challenges facing South Africa deriving from its status as a threshold country committed to becoming a modern knowledge society, being culturally diverse and educationally stratified.
  2. Contribute to capacity building in science communication proper to meet the needs of a growing sector of informal science communication, education and engagement.
  3. Connect South African science communication with international research networks by establishing cooperation with recognised scholars, groups and institutions in the field.

These objectives are being pursued with a research agenda that addresses the most pressing problems in the science of science communication but at the same time tries to be responsive to immediate challenges of SA science communication and engagement. We also engage masters’ and doctoral students of science communication in our research program attempting to integrate their projects into our research agenda as part of our supervisory function.