[Duraspace] SAYAS :: South African Young Academy of Science - New online course in science communication for the developing world

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed Oct 29 14:35:56 SAST 2014

Registrations are now open for the course "Science communication: An
introduction to theory, best practice and practical skills".

The course, commencing on 19 January 2015, will be presented by the Centre
for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch
University. CREST is the host of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in
Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP).
UKAID and the DRUSSA (Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa)
Programme supported the development of the course.

This introductory course in science communication is designed for people
who work at the interface between science and society – especially those
who must make science and research outcomes accessible and relevant to
policy makers and public audiences. People who are likely to benefit from
the course include research managers and communication staff working at
universities, science councils, government departments and statutory
bodies, research funding agencies, industry organisations and NGOs, as well
as communication and outreach staff of museums, science centres, zoos,
aquaria, etc. The course has a specific focus on challenges of science
communicators working in developing-world contexts.

This is a fully online course, and will be presented through the web-based
learning management system of Stellenbosch University. Successful
participation will require four to five hours per week, adding up to 24 –
30 hours over a period of six weeks. Upon successful completion of the
course students will receive a certificate of competence from Stellenbosch

Course fees: The enrolment fee for the full six-week short course is R4 000
for South African citizens and US$400 for students who are not South
African citizens. Places are limited and will be allocated on a
"first-paid-first-served" basis.

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