17 October, 2014
New online course in science communication for the developing world.
Africa's first university-accredited (and 100% online) course in science communication, with a focus on science communication challenges in the developing world, is on offer at Stellenbosch University.
Registrations are now open for the course "Science communication: An introduction to theory, best practice and practical skills".
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.
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
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 University.
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
Admission requirement: A recognised university bachelor's degree.
Closing date for applications: 30 November 2014.
Please visit http://sun025.sun.ac.za/portal/page/portal/Arts/CREST/postgrad for more information and the link to the online application form.
Southern Science (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stellenbosch University (email@example.com)