From 5 – 7 November 2018, SciCOM at CREST hosted a science communication research conference with the theme ‘Science communication in a democratic South Africa: prospects and challenges’. A pre-conference workshop, on Friday 2 November, aimed to build capacity in ‘evaluation of science communication’, while a post-conference workshop, on Thursday 8 November, introduced participants to approaches in science communication research.
View the conference programme.
In addition to providing a platform for local researchers to present research projects of relevance to science communication, SciCOM invited several global thought leaders in science communication research to participate. This meeting of minds aimed to provide a platform for stimulating interest, capacity and partnerships in science communication research and result in collaborations between local and international researchers.
The conference was organised and hosted by the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University, where the DSI-NRF Research Chair in Science Communication is located. Stellenbosch University was 100 years old in 2018 and this conference will formed part of the centenary celebrations at this institute; hence the title of the event ‘SciCOM 100’.