NMMU – Sea Anemones for the Win

NMMU – Sea Anemones for the Win

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) hosted an open heat of FameLab SA. Judging the heat were Dr Natasha Beukes from the NMMU Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, Ms Zandile Mbabela, the NMMU Media Manager and Ms Marilyn Gibbs, the EC Regional Science Fair Director: Eskom Young Scientists. Biochemist, Wynand van Losenoord, from NMMU won the heat! He is currently researching how toxins from sea anemones can be used to improve insulin secretion in people with diabetes. Wynand is passionate about science and says that FameLab provided the platform to...
Mintek Semi-Finalist – More Social About Science

Mintek Semi-Finalist – More Social About...

Mintek is a leading provider of minerals processing and metallurgical engineering products and services to industries worldwide. Their FameLab SA participants had the perfect platform to put their public speaking and communication skills to the test, in front of experienced Mintek judges. The judges were: Ashma Singh, a Senior Technical Specialist in Mintek’s Mineral Processing Division; Mokae Bambo, a scientist at Mintek researching Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for water treatment and Portia Mudau, the Principal Engineer of Mintek’s Minerals Processing Division who...
Retired NASA Technologist to Judge SKA FameLab

Retired NASA Technologist to Judge SKA F...

Jim Adams (below), retired NASA Deputy Chief Technologist, dropped in to speak to the SKA South Africa FameLab participants while they were spending time at the Cape Town Science Centre practising their science communication skills. With responsibility for such a huge science programme, Jim Adams is uniquely positioned to engage SKA scientists on how to communicate with the public. Jim Adams will be one of the judges at the SKA South Africa FameLab heat. The SKA will be the biggest scientific instrument ever built, and working with their scientists really gives one a sense...
FameLab SA – Onward and Upward at Mintek

FameLab SA – Onward and Upward at ...

Mintek is a leading provider of minerals processing and metallurgical engineering products and services to industries worldwide. Jive Media Africa worked with Mintek researchers who are fired-up about using their science skills to change the world for the better. The Mintek FameLab SA heat is the perfect opportunity to gain skills for talking to non-science audiences – contestants need to think creatively about how to communicate their research with public audiences. Being part of FameLab heat is about growing capacity in the organisation for both internal and external...
Practical Training at Wits Centres of Excellence

Practical Training at Wits Centres of Ex...

Jive Media Africa is thrilled to be working with three Centres of Excellence for this year’s FameLab season. At a recent training held at the University of the Witwatersrand, young CoE scientists and researchers spoke passionately about their particular focus areas and searched for ways to make them accessible and exciting to public audiences. The CoE programme is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation and aims to “concentrate existing research excellence, capacity and resources, to enable researchers to...
Wits – Confidence Boosting Communication Training

Wits – Confidence Boosting Communication...

The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) is hosting FameLab SA for the first time this year! Jive Media Africa was privileged to work with 17 researchers from a wide range of faculties and departments to enhance their science communication skills prior to the Wits FameLab SA heat. Wits’ participation in the heat demonstrates their commitment to taking science into public spaces, and we are excited to welcome them to the FameLab family. The session was very interactive and prompted lots of discussion and debate about the role of science in society, and how to find the...
FameLab – Confidently Sharing Science

FameLab – Confidently Sharing Science

FameLab SA contestants from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Limpopo are learning important confidence-boosting communication and media skills! TUT is participating in FameLab SA for the first time this year. Jive Media Africa visited TUT to train a group of over 55 lecturers, students and academic staff on science communication. The group included 25 excited FameLab participants who were there to prepare for their heat on the 3rd March 2017 (pictured above). Ready to welcome them at the training was Dr. Edgar Alufheli Nesamvuni (Acting...
FameLab 2017 – Science communicators shine in Pretoria

FameLab 2017 – Science communicators shi...

FameLab 2017 successfully rolled-out in Pretoria last week in partnership with UNISA and the CSIR. On Tuesday, Jive Media Africa trained post-graduate students at UNISA in Science Communication and Media Skills ahead of the UNISA FameLab Heat on 3 March 2017. The CSIR hosted a successful second heat of FameLab on Wednesday, following the launch of the 2017 competition at Science Forum South Africa in December last year. Congratulations to Tshepo Makgoba who won the heat! He will be going through to the Masterclass training and the semi-finals. FameLab, one of the biggest...
Take part in FameLab 2017

Take part in FameLab 2017

Register to take part in FameLab 2017: www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab FameLab is an international competition, spanning 30 countries. It aims to develop Science Communication skills amongst those working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Contestants will be asked to convey a scientific concept of their choice in 3 minutes to a panel of judges including leading researchers, media personalities and science policy makers. They will be judged on the content and clarity of their presentations as well as their charisma in presenting them. Candidates must...
FameLab South Africa 2017 kicks off

FameLab South Africa 2017 kicks off

Registration now open for SA’s ‘Pop Idols of Science’ Are you South Africa’s next great scientist? FameLab® South Africa 2017 kicks off and you can register to enter as a contestant for the South African leg of the international competition dubbed, the ‘Pop Idols of Science’. Entries NOW open. http://www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab/enter-competition (Link will open in a new tab) This year’s competition will launch on 8 December 2016 with the first heat at the second annual Science Forum South Africa (http://www.sfsa.co.za/) which takes place at the CSIR...