Practical Training at Wits Centres of Excellence

Practical Training at Wits Centres of Excellence

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 collaborate across disciplines on long-term projects that are locally relevant and internationally competitive”. Science communication skills development is a key part of this.

The Centres of Excellence in Palaeosciences, Strong Materials, and Mathematics and Statistical Sciences have all seen the importance of growing these skills – and brought together a group of fired-up researchers to learn from one another and the Jive team.

During the training, Jive facilitated practical exercises and group discussions and engaged the participants around videos of other great science talks – to give them the confidence and creativity to share their Science on the FameLab stage!

Want to get involved? Visit www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab

Jive Media Africa provided practical science communication training for researchers from University of Witwatersrand’s Centres of Excellence

Jive Media Africa provided practical science communication training for researchers from University of Witwatersrand’s Centres of Excellence

 

Putting Jive’s training into practice

 

FameLab ® is an initiative of the Cheltenham Festivals. The British Council in collaboration with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and Jive Media Africa deliver the FameLab competition in South Africa. Find out more about FameLab South Africa at www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab