The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) aims to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering and technology in South Africa. SAASTA is business Unit of the National Research Foundation.
|Young Science Communicators Competition|
Get ready for the 2013 competition, entries still to open
Calling young scientists to communicate and connect
The Young Science Communicator’s Competition (YSCC) specifically challenges young scientists and researchers between the ages of 18 and 35 to communicate their world to a larger audience beyond their scientific community. Scientists are by nature passionate people. This passion can be reflected in the way stories are told, that engage an audience and excite them about the science at their core.
SAASTA recognises different media to convey science through different categories:
The 2013 competition categories are:
WRITTEN NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
The newspaper article should be in plain English on any science-related subject, preferably in the author’s own research field, to inform and entertain. Articles should be kept to 700 words or less..
Radio scripts should be of approximately 800-1000 words on any scientific or science-related subject, preferably in the author’s own research field, for a 5-minute radio insert. The script should incorporate a maximum of 3 voices only. The top two radio scripts will be produced and pre-recorded for broadcast.
NEW MEDIA: VIRAL VIDEO
Viral video communication pieces should be in mpeg video format. This is a new category being introduced for 2013, to incorporate new technologies for communication. Your piece could range from video footage of an experiment, to a live recorded presentation, to a video animation, to a powerpoint presentation or anything the mind can conceive that can be conveyed in video format. The maximum length of video shall be 1 minute; the message must be clear, concise and well-defined.