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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".

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 University.

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.

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.

Marina Joubert
Southern Science (marina@southernscience.co.za)
Stellenbosch University (marinajoubert@sun.ac.za)