Jive Media Africa has kicked off the research communications initiative ‘he(ART) of research’ together with the University of South Africa. The programme focusses on supporting academics to get creative about sharing their research and reaching even wider audiences through creative media outputs. The general public is generally unaware of the incredible work being undertaken at institutions of higher education across South Africa and Africa. Finding innovative ways of communicating research will allow it to have more impact in our society and our world. Jive Media Africa will be presenting a hands-on course in research communications over the next 3 months. The course will include writing in a popular style, and creating images, videos and presentations to find wider audiences for research. The final outputs will be presented at the UNISA Student Showcase in August. Watch this space!
Many of our critically important eco-systems are under threat from invasive alien species which displace native species and disrupt ecosystems. However, invasive species can sometimes provide livelihoods and other benefits. Developing solutions to these issues requires engagement between experts and affected communities. Jive Media has been working closely with researchers from the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology to develop skills for effectively translating their science for public audiences. Jive Media Africa’s engaging training program explores why science communication is so crucial and discusses the barriers to effective communication. Trainees are equipped with presentation skills applicable in radio and television and trained to deliver short science presentations maintaining audience interest with expert storytelling and physical performance techniques. Participants of the training also prepared short popular articles, which can be used in a variety of contexts for publicising their work.
The trainings took place at the University of Pretoria and the University of Stellenbosch and included scientists working on a broad range of species from trout to freshwater crayfish and from acacias to grasses. and rodents to frogs. Jive Media Africa is sought after to help scientists and science organisations get creative about engaging public audiences with their research. Contact us to find out more about our science communication and science engagement training. http://jivemedia.co.za/jive-science/
You never quite know who you’re talking to… Last year’s FameLab SA final saw an audience member express her immense enthusiasm for the FameLab ‘talking science’ project, hosted by Jive Media Africa in partnership with the British Council and the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement. It turns out that Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakin is not only a celebrated woman in science – with numerous academic accolades and leadership positions to her name. In addition, she is the president of the Republic of Mauritius.
Her Excellency subsequently approached the British Council to implement FameLab in her own country. One year later, Jive Media Africa is at the British Council offices in Rosehill, delivering a science communication training program in preparation for Mauritius’ first FameLab.
Jive Media Africa’s engaging training program explores why science communication is so crucial and the differences between communicating research to scientists and to the public. Trainees are equipped with skills for radio and television and to deliver short science presentations maintaining audience interest with expert storytelling and physical performance techniques. The 38 participants included prospective FameLab participants, drawn from research organisations and universities across Mauritius. They are joined by local science educators who wish to improve their communication methods.
Our team is also providing strategic support to the British Council in Mauritius for the inaugural FameLab event. If you are interested in getting involved in FameLab, or would like to engage world-class science communication training within your own organization, please get in touch with us via our contact form.
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 International Convention Centre, in Pretoria. This heat will be preceded by a workshop and preliminary selections on 5 and 6 December 2016. Participants selected at the prelims will proceed to compete at the launch heat on the 8th December 2016.
Thereafter, heats will be taking place around the country. Watch the press and the competition website for more information.
Who can enter?
The competition is open to anyone aged 21 to 35 and working in or studying technology, engineering, medicine, biology, chemistry, physics or maths. This includes private and public sector employees.
Entrance to the SFSA and FameLab® heats is free and open to the public and we invite all science enthusiasts, young and old, to come and cheer on their favourites at the FameLab® SFSA heat. Interested participants can register here. Registration is open.
Participants are offered training by Jive Media Africa to enhance their science communication skills and to enable them to present their science topic to a panel of expert judges in just three minutes. Presentations are judged on content, clarity, and charisma and must be original and scientifically accurate while being accessible to a public audience. Contestants who make it through the heats, win master class training with an international trainer and may progress to the semi-finals and finals of the competition, which will be held in April and May 2017 respectively. The FameLab® South Africa winner will go on to compete against winners from over 30 countries on an international stage, at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in the United Kingdom.
Jive Media Africa creates innovative, cutting edge communications; grabbing attention and conveying crucial messages in accessible ways. Jive Media Africa is an award-winning agency, which has provided media and communications services to the research sector over the past decade.
FameLab® was started in 2005 in the UK by Cheltenham Science Festival and has quickly become established as a diamond model for successfully identifying, training and mentoring scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public. It is implemented in over 30 countries, including the UK, USA, Brazil, South Africa, Thailand, Qatar and Kazakhstan to name a few. FameLab® South Africa is implemented in partnership between the British Council, the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), and Science Communication Agency Jive Media Africa.
More than 5000 researchers have taken part in the global competition, resulting in a vibrant network of highly skilled individuals engaging international audiences and each other. FameLab® visit: http://famelab.org.
Are you getting ready for FameLab South Africa 2017?
The CSIR is!
Jive Media Africa is working with researchers from the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) to enhance their science communication skills and enable them to present their science topic to a panel of expert judges in just three minutes. 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, register here: www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab/enter-competition
UNISA Young Academics Programme
Beyond the Basics – Serious about research
Jive Media Africa is excited to have been able to work with talented young researchers from the UNISA Young Academics programme (YAP). Piloted in 2008, the YAP has become one of UNISA’s most successful initiatives. YAP forms part of UNISA’s capacity-building initiatives responding to the need for a visible and critical mass of high quality academics. YAP seeks to develop young (under the age of 35), promising, and talented individuals for the future career in research, management and academics.
Jive Media Africa was invited to work alongside the Young Academics Programme to grow skills for science communication and engagement. Participants were required to give a 10-minute presentation on their 5-year research plans. The presentations should appeal to a diverse audience and hence require the participants to think differently about their work in order to engage the larger university community and the public. Jive Media Africa was invited to deliver training before the talks and expert input afterwards.
Nozipho Gumbi , a PhD candidate in nanotechnology and water at the University of South Africa, has represented South African science on a world stage! Nozipho – you are an inspiration to us all.
Nozipho’s FameLab journey started last year with her first speech at the UNISA student showcase in Pretoria. She proceeded to calmly and confidently win round after round, at the UNISA heat and in Cape Town at the British Council hosted Going Global conference. After winning the South African leg of the competition Nozipho, who is currently studying in Germany, made her way to The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in the United Kingdom. After delivering a speech on how carbon nano-tubes can be used to remove micro-pollutants in our water systems, Nozipho secured herself a place in the finals.
Nozipho, you have made us proud. You are a truly inspiring role model for young scientists and for woman in science everywhere.
Congratulations to Abhi Veerakumarasivam from Malaysia who was crowned FameLab 2016 champion for his winning talk on our individual responsibilities when it comes to fighting cancer.
Jive Media Africa has been appointed to run a series of science communication and media training workshops for the CSIR (Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research) at their various research centres around the country. We are looking forward to working with scientists at the cutting edge of their disciplines. By collaborating with a number of well-known science journalists and media experts, our aim is to strengthen relationships between scientists and the media, a powerful channel to public audiences.
Closing the gap between science and society…
Jive Media Africa has been privileged to be running science communication training sessions around the country. It has been a creative and rewarding experience to see the shifts that take place. From writing for popular audiences to public speaking and even extending to other creative approaches, Jive Media Africa is sought after to help scientists and science organisations get creative about engaging public audiences.
Current and recent training work has included:
The CSIR (the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research). In partnership with Proof Communications, Jive Media Africa completed a series of science communication and media training workshops around the country for the CSIR. It’s been an exciting time working with scientists at the cutting edge of their disciplines – helping them navigate the stormy sea between their science and the world out there.
University of Pretoria – Hands on Science Communication Workshop for Early Career Academics – at the invitation of Marina Joubert (Southern Science) Robert Inglis has assisted with an innovative University of Pretoria programme to get early career researchers thinking about how to communicate their science to public audiences. There will be a follow-up in August when the researchers do a trial run of their science communication ideas.
Nanothechnology Public Engagement Programme – Rhodes University. Robert Inglis and Prof. Janice Limson conducted training with young nanotechnologists from Rhodes University about writing for popular audiences. Prof. Harry Dugmore from the Rhodes Journalism school gave insight from a Journalism perspective while Robert and Janice gave input from their experiences as science communicators.
FameLab – around the country for the FameLab 2014 project, alongside SAASTA’s Daryl Illbury and at the FameLab 2014 Finalists’ Masterclasses, alongside international trainer Malcolm Love. Working with great South African researchers doing great South African science!
For more information on our science communication training workshops please call Robert Inglis or email us.
Jive Media Africa is excited to be producing NanoNews, with Prof Janice Limson at Rhodes University. The project, initiated by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) includes 12 monthly eNewsletters, 4 quarterly newsletters and a series of three “science – writing” training workshops in which scientists are being supported to write articles for the public.
Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter at the nanoscale, i.e. so small that it is measured in nanometres (one billionth of a metre), to create new materials with new properties.
The NPEP NanoNews project aims to bring together scientists and the public to create awareness and engagement with nanotechnology. It profiles the latest nanotechnology research and developments; the various equipment and facilities at work in the country and highlights potential career opportunities in this field.