Who are the big names in South African science?

Lee Berger (#Homonaledi). Tim Noakes (#banting). Glenda Gray (#MRCpresident). Bob Sholes (#climatechange). Himla Soodyall? Salim Abdool-Karim? Bruce Rubidge? Jill Farrant? Can you place these names, and associate a specific hashtag to each of them? They are among South Africa’s most visible scientists, according to a study published in the South African Journal of Science.   The…

Meeting the humans behind the Nobel Prize

It’s 11.25 on a Tuesday morning, and I’m nervous as hell. In just five minutes, I’ll be sitting down for an interview with Prof Bernard Feringa, 2016’s Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry. You might not have heard of him, but you probably know his work: he built the nanocar, back in 2011. What do you…

On a Quest for great science stories

On Saturday 22 August, SciBraai, Code4SA and the International Center for Journalists hosted the first ever science-themed Data Quest, which produced some great potential multimedia science stories. Held at Code4SA’s Codebridge lab in Cape Town, the event put data nerds, scientists and journalists into teams tasked with sifting through publicly available data to find stories and create interactive data…

Join the Data Quest to tell science stories with SA data

SciBraai, Code for South Africa and the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ)  will host a science journalism DataQuest at Codebridge civic tech lab in Cape Town on Saturday 22 August,  The event will bring together journalists, scientists, designers, data analysts and developers to tell socially-relevant science stories using real South African data sets, and is…

Beauty, horror and hope: Dave Pepler tells all

Renowned and beloved South African naturalist Dave Pepler shared his life story and views on sharing science in “a divided, but connected” world with a warm and appreciative audience at a recent “Science Fridays @Stellenbosch” series hosted at by the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University. He suggested that…

Meet Paul Kennedy

Paul is a science communicator at ScienceLink and a volunteer at SciBraai, based in Cape Town (info as at May 2015) My work is all about science communication (aka “scicomm”). How I define scicomm: For me, science communication is about covering difficult and complex subject matter in a way that is accessible to the audience…

Meet Anina Mumm

Anina is a science communication & digital media consultant at ScienceLink & a volunteer at SciBraai, based in from Johannesburg (info as at May 2015). My work at ScienceLink: My work at ScienceLink involves consulting – developing strategies and ideas for scientists to communicate their work using innovative digital tools (infographics, websites, apps, social media, digital newsletters…