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|Bloodhound's supersonic quest|
|Deputy Minister visits SAASTA|
|SAASTA Highlights Report|
|SAASTA takes science to Beijing|
|Natural Science Olympiad|
|Community media pilot project|
|Crystallography kits for schools|
|PUB celebrates 10 years of biotech|
|Reaching visually impaired learners|
|School debate finals|
|Science communication workshops|
|KAT-7 seen as design highlight|
|Meet Nithaya Chetty|
|Eskom Expo 2014|
|SKA SA exhibits at BRICS EXPO|
|Algoa Bay Hope Spot launched|
|Inspiring environmental scientists|
|In the news|
|It's a fact!|
The NRF is geared to engage people with science
The renewal of the NRF's Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA) division during 2012/2013 saw an emphasis placed on the value of communication of research and broader engagement with public audiences. This is requiring a more integrated approach to science communication and engagement across the NRF as a whole. SAASTA will assist to ensure that the knowledge that is produced through NRF funding is more widely disseminated, shared, understood, and used broadly for the common good, especially by the general public.
Rich pool of experts
The national facilities and NRF-funded researchers, particularly emerging researchers, provide a rich pool of experts who can play a crucial role in engaging the public with science, engineering and technology and inspiring learners to pursue careers in science. The integration concept will afford NRF-funded researchers, including established and emerging researchers, the opportunity to be involved in various aspects of science communication, outreach and awareness.
Emerging researchers will not have to reinvent the wheel, but can join existing and established outreach and awareness activities. Researchers can get involved at a strategic level and use public engagement as a tool to reach the public or specific communities with their research.
Science communication workshops
Grant holders of the NRF's Thuthuka funding instrument participated enthusiastically in science communication workshops at the Universities of Limpopo, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal recently. The participants represented diverse fields including health sciences, water research, biological sciences, agricultural sciences, educational studies, social science and humanities.
The introduction of key concepts in science communication initiated lively discussions around responsible communication, challenges in communicating science and opportunities for communication. The participants also shared their insight into the perceptions around science in their local communities.
Feedback from the workshops has been positive. Many participants have requested further workshops to delve more deeply into science communication through specific platforms such as radio, TV, popular writing and social media.