Yesterday I learnt that it is us

Us. We who live in cities. We who are employed. We who are academics. We who are food secure. We who have air conditioning. We who drive cars. We who write about how climate change affects vulnerable communities from the comfort of the conference couch within cable distance of the plug. We who attend said…

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…

#SciBraaiLIVE & CSIR in Mafikeng for National Science Week

National Science Week kicks off at North West University on 1 August 2015. In partnership with the CSIR and its researchers, SciBraai will host another SciBraaiLIVE event – it’s a real-world braai where we share round-the-fire stories about South African science and scientists. The format of this event will be a mix of the “speed-date…

Meet Sinikiwe Simakani

Sinikiwe Simakani, a Masters student at Stellenbosch University, is passionate about closing the gap between science and the public. She is currently working on a projected funded by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and keen to design effective science communication methods to share research about an invasive wasp. Sinikiwe defines ‘science communication’ as…

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…