SKA Semi-Finalist Wins a Trip to Mauritius

SKA Semi-Finalist Wins a Trip to Mauritius

The South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the biggest scientific instrument ever built. Listening to their scientists really gives one a sense of the magnitude of the endeavour and the excitement of the discoveries waiting to be made.

FameLab, one of the world’s biggest science communication competitions, taking place in over 30 countries – provides the perfect platform for STEM researchers to share their work and develop skills in science communication. The SKA contestants were privileged to have retired NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration Deputy Chief Technologist, Jim Adams, judge the heat.

Vereese van Tonder advances to the semi-finals AND wins a trip to Mauritius to be a part of a SKA Science Communication workshop. The heat included representatives from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) who demonstrated the power of mathematics for solving real-world problems.

Jive will be tweeting live from semi-finals, follow @JiveMediaAfrica, and tweet us with the hashtag #FameLabSA to show your support for Vereese!

 

Judging the SKA heat were Busi Maqubela from the Cape Town Science Centre; Ziyaad Halyday from SKA South Africa and Jim Adams, retired NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Chief Technologist

Judging the SKA heat were Busi Maqubela, from the Cape Town Science Centre; Ziyaad Halyday, from SKA South Africa and Jim Adams, retired NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration Chief Technologist

 

Vereese van Tonder explains her science during the SKA FameLab heat

Vereese van Tonder explains her science during the SKA FameLab heat

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