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|SAASTA salutes David Block|
|Science Centre CEO awarded|
|Young science brainpower awarded|
|75 years of coelacanth research|
|Join in recording the diversity of life|
|Open your own Science Spaza|
|The Universe is expanding|
|"Space Skype" links kids|
|Coastal and marine science in SA|
|A scientist for a day|
|iThemba LABS - advancing knowledge|
|Ex ZooClub members' success|
|In the news|
|It's a fact!|
SAASTA salutes David Block - for bringing the stars within our grasp
This acclaimed astronomer has been intimately involved in the communication of science, particularly astronomy, to the public for over 30 years. His outreach activities span the complete spectrum from the writing of books, TV interviews (including the BBC), radio interviews, newspaper interviews, public lectures and outreaches to school learners and to their teachers.
For his "outstanding contribution to science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) through communication for outreach and creating awareness over the last five years", he has received a prestigious NSTF-BHP Billiton award at a ceremony held in Gauteng in June 2013.
SAASTA is the proud sponsor of the category Communication for Public Awareness of the competition. This award is made annually to South African journalists, researchers, writers, educators, academics, specialist science communicators or science centre staff who excel in creating awareness of science, engineering, technology and innovation issues among the public.
David Block is a Professor of Applied Mathematics and Astronomy at the University of the Witwatersrand. His pioneering discoveries are reshaping astronomical paradigms, and his imprint on human culture is a legacy to all South Africans.
Read an interview with Prof. Block
The other finalists in this category
The Aqualibrium Civil Engineering Team
Professor Michael Pepper
Professor Peet van Schalkwyk