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 can be reflected in the way stories are told and communicated. You, the scientist, can engage and excite your community about your science. You can connect and show your science is relevant to people in their everyday lives.

The number of entries received for the competition shows that many young scientists are passionate about communicating. In line with SAASTA’s purpose of developing science communication skills, the feedback from the judges for each entry is made available – to encourage the young scientists to develop their skills and to take their passion for communication further.

This competition alternates biennially with the SA Science Lens competition, which awards the use of photography as a mode of communicating with and engaging audiences on science and technology.

SAASTA is also the national partner and major sponsor of the FameLab competition in South Africa, which awards science communication through the art of public speaking.


Popular article for a newspaper or magazine

As a traditional mode of communication, print media can reach a wide readership and interest the public in science and science-related issues.

Promoting communication in all South African languages, for radio or online platforms

Radio has far-reaching potential into areas where other forms of communication may be limited, such as in rural communities. Successful radio communication conjures up the “theatre of the mind”. Audio can also be incorporated in online multimedia communications.

For online platforms

The viral nature of popular and entertaining videos that are spread by social media and e-mail makes them a highly effective method of reaching many people in a short period of time.


Other effective forms of communication include drama, song, poetry, cartoons and more.

How to enter

  • Send us your original communication pieces on any field of science.
  • Enter online, via email (sciencecommunicators@saasta.ac.za) or courier to SAASTA.
  • Read and sign the competition rules.
  • Submit a separate entry form for each entry. Any one person may not enter more than three communication pieces per category.
  • All entries must reach SAASTA before the closing date.


  • R 10 000 to the winner and R 5 000 to the runner up of each category
  • Further science communication development and exposure

Previous Winners


Celebrating International Mother Language Day

In 2019, The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) celebrated the International Year of Indigenous Language through its Young Science Communicators Competition’s inclusion of a category for indigenous languages.

This year marks the 19th anniversary of the International Mother Language Day, which is an initiative that originated in Bangladesh. The initiative was approved in 1999 by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at its General Conference and has been celebrated throughout the world ever since.


Joanne Riley

Joanne Riley
Email sciencecommunicators@saasta.ac.za
Call +27 (0)12 392 9349