Science Communication

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Although many would prefer to leave science in the past and no longer engage with it once completing compulsory science classes in school, the reality is that engaging with science is an integral part of our daily lives. Moreover, for the safety and wellness of human society, it is necessary to engage with scientific information. We are faced with the necessity of examining scientific evidence on topics ranging from conservation to public health and make decisions that impact not only our families but those around us. However, despite decades of science education reform and dedicated efforts to improving science literacy, many members of the general public lack the confidence, skills, or interest in engaging with scientific issues, instead choosing to align their scientific decisions with non-scientific stakeholders, such as political or pop culture figures. These problems are ongoing and destructive. How do we communicate science more effectively with the general public? With other scientists?

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Whether you are a member of the natural or human science community, if you are a PhD student, professor, part of an academic department or international research team, or self-employed and you wish to showcase your work to a wider audience then this is the perfect course for you.

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Around the world, researchers, research funders and policymakers are increasingly aware of the need to make scientific research more accessible to public audiences, and to engage a wide range of public groups in the processes of science. Science communication is emerging and expanding as a vibrant field of practice and scholarship, while science communication and public engagement strategists and researchers are increasingly in demand.Stellenbosch University offers a 6-week online course in science communication to help guide researchers and communication professionals navigate the dynamics and trends in science communication and public engagement with science. Since 2015, about 500 scientists and science communicators have completed this course successfully.