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…

Meet Marina Joubert

Marina Joubert is a science communication researcher and lecturer at Stellenbosch University (info as at April 2015). What I do: I do research on science communication and also present short courses and academic modules in science communication as part of the academic offering at CREST (Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology) at Stellenbosch…

Confessions of communicating scientist

By Marina Joubert, Stellenbosch University I communicate my science as it connects me to the world and the world to me. I communicate my science as it helps me generate new ideas about my research. I communicate my science hoping it serves to inspire others and may grow science in South Africa. I communicate my…

Does Joe Public still trust science?

By Marina Joubert Trust in science as an institution is deeply rooted in modern societies, but it has to be questioned whether this is also synonymous with trust in science. How is it earned, and how is it also eroded? These questions were posed by Prof Peter Weingart, Research Chair in Science Communication at Stellenbosch…

Smart solution for smart dust

Our lives have been taken over by smart things – smart phones, smart televisions, even smart homes. And now research has shown that smart dirt is on the increase too, writes Dr Nonjabulo Gule of Stellenbosch University.  Smart dirt consists of germs that cling to surfaces and that have become resistant to the chemicals we…

Bringing researchers and the public together for science

Forensics, facial recognition, psychiatry and eye health may not seem inherently connected. But they all have two things in common: they are all relevant to the public, and they are all grounded in basic science. These were the topics of discussion at Thursday’s Science Awareness Day, hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST),…