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|Learners to link up with astronaut|
|Shared Sky, shared wisdom|
|"Talking science" competition|
|A meeting of minds|
|Young scientists take on Australia|
|Learners unveil project in Beijing|
|Introduction to crystals|
|Young Science Communicators' Competition|
|SAASTA inspires class of 2015|
|Meet Prof. Nox Makunga|
|Top young achiever's journey|
|Wonders of water at Scifest Africa|
|Learners work with particle physicists|
|Meet SAEON's new education officer|
|Light comes out of the darkness|
|In the news|
|It's a fact!|
A meeting of minds – Ninth SKA SA Postgraduate Conference
SKA SA-supported PhD and MSc students, postdoctoral fellows and senior local and international researchers met in Stellenbosch for the ninth SKA SA postgraduate bursary conference in December 2014.
At the first postgraduate bursary conference, which took place in 2006, fewer than 50 delegates attended, of whom only 15 were students. In 2014, more than 90 postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows gave talks on their research, and 30 more presented their research on posters.
Scientists and the media learn how to speak the same language
The week prior to the conference, a group of delegates had the opportunity to attend a workshop with community radio journalists, hosted by veteran radio journalists Nancy Richards, Kim Cloete and Kim Richards. The workshop was an opportunity for the scientists and the media to learn how to speak the same language.
As one of the community radio journalists commented, "I am not afraid of scientists anymore and now I know that the work of SKA SA is really fascinating. I am going to make sure we talk more about science on my station."
"Translating" science for the general public
Tana Joseph, who was selected as the audience's favourite presenter, managed to capture their attention by drawing a link between the popular breakfast cereal Pronutro and the study of x-ray binary stars. Tana is an SKA SA-funded postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town.