[IRTalk] FW: Webinar Invitation: How can Journals Promote Science Engagement

Ina Smith Ina at assaf.org.za
Tue Apr 14 11:56:04 SAST 2020

Dear Colleagues

Science Engagement has been prioritised as part of the White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation. Please join this webinar to better understand how scholarly journals can contribute to science engagement, fulfilling this ambition. Please also share widely.

Kind regards

From: [NSEF] Academy of Science of South Africa [mailto:mmaphuthi at assaf.org.za]
Sent: Tuesday, 14 April 2020 11:23
To: Ina Smith <Ina at assaf.org.za>
Subject: Webinar Invitation: How can Journals Promote Science Engagement

Dear Journal Editors,

You are invited to register for the webinar on "How can journals promote Science Engagement" (free of charge) that will be taking place on 23 April 2020 (10:00 – 11:00 SAST). Please also circulate to other interested parties.

The webinar will be presented via ASSAf, using BigBlueButton.
Minimum requirements: Stable Internet access, speakers. More details will be communicated to registered participants closer to the time.
Theme: How can journals promote Science Engagement (Thursday 23 April, 10:00-11:00 SAST)
Outline: TBC
Presenter: Prof Jane Carruthers: Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal of Science (SAJS)
Register: https://forms.gle/2NyYhNrmnHiMZ2fs6<https://assaf.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c463f0b322e2dca8a1c34c808&id=5a15405fd6&e=fc8313ca7e> (free)
Venue: Virtual (information to be shared on registration)
Enquiries: mmaphuthi at assaf.org.za<mailto:mmaphuthi at assaf.org.za>

Science Engagement and the White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation
The realisation of the ambitions of the 2019 White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation<https://assaf.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c463f0b322e2dca8a1c34c808&id=2f24d67b97&e=fc8313ca7e> (p. 56-57) will in part depend on building an innovation culture in society and developing a science-literate and aware citizenry. The White Paper therefore pays attention to skills and institutional arrangements to support and coordinate science engagement initiatives in South Africa. DST and its entities, the higher education sector, industry, research councils, science centres and other relevant stakeholders are all to collaborate in science engagement. Scientists who participate in science engagement activities will be awarded continuing professional development points by the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions. Conditions for research training grants and research development programmes to science councils and public universities (e.g. research chairs and Centres of Excellence) will make it mandatory for recipient individuals and institutions to communicate their research to the public. Initiatives such as digital literacy programmes can only produce the required results if society is science literate. It is therefore necessary to train scientists and researchers in science communication and science engagement skills. These trained researchers and scientists would then help to introduce developmentally appropriate engagement activities and projects for both adults and school learners. Government will aim to have these skills taken up in the curricula of SET students in the higher education sector.

To increase the reach of awareness initiatives and promote access to information, science engagement activities will increasingly target the local government level, using appropriate communication technologies and techniques, including mainstream media and social media. The development of science engagement and communication skills will be prioritised. Such skills development initiatives will target journalists, scientists, students, learners, educators and science interpreters. Indicators to measure the success of system-wide science engagement performance will be adopted to inform an institutionalised survey on public perceptions of science and country comparison studies.

ASSAf Series of Webinars within the context of the National Development Plan and 2019 White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation
The South African National Development Plan<https://assaf.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c463f0b322e2dca8a1c34c808&id=734d08b950&e=fc8313ca7e> (NDP) has identified STI as primary drivers of economic growth, job creation and socio-economic reform. The 2019 White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation<https://assaf.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c463f0b322e2dca8a1c34c808&id=bbb6ddee8d&e=fc8313ca7e> emphasises the core themes of inclusivity, transformation, and partnerships. ASSAf webinar themes are aimed at addressing policy coherence, the development of human capabilities, knowledge expansion, innovation performance and increased investment. Building on existing successes and adopting new approaches where required, will help foster an NSI in which creativity, learning and entrepreneurship can flourish.

From the White Paper<https://assaf.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c463f0b322e2dca8a1c34c808&id=b798e78fbe&e=fc8313ca7e>, government encourages researchers to engage in ethical and transparent scholarly publishing practices. Some of those practices include depositing data arising from research in publicly accessible repositories, and supporting open journal publishing and data sharing, providing access to data and other research outputs arising from publicly funded research. In this manner, research will be made more transparent, rigorous and efficient in stimulating innovation and promoting public engagement. For research to be more transparent, rigorous and efficient, it needs to adhere to global best practice and align with international standards in scholarly publishing, streamlining the exchange of knowledge among researchers and global partners. ASSAf is therefore proud to bring its research community the mentioned webinar, in an effort to address the expected outcomes of both the National Development Plan<https://assaf.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c463f0b322e2dca8a1c34c808&id=271f73b515&e=fc8313ca7e> and the 2019 White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation<https://assaf.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c463f0b322e2dca8a1c34c808&id=ad7d5f13f1&e=fc8313ca7e>.

We are looking forward to you participating in this webinar!

Kind regards,
Ms Mmaphuthi Mashiachidi
Project Administrator: Scholarly Publishing Unit
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
Email: mmaphuthi at assaf.org.za<mailto:mmaphuthi at assaf.org.za>

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