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.
FameLab® is an initiative of the Cheltenham Festivals.
Jive Media Africa in collaboration with The British Council has brought the international FameLab® competition to South Africa in 2013.
And the winners are…
From left: Prof Janice Limson (Judge), Lorenzo Raynard (SAASTA/ Judge), Robert Inglis (Director, Jive Media Africa), Febe Wilken (runner up), Barend Jansen van Vuuren, Christopher Maxwell, Ntokozo Shezi, John Woodland (runner up), Ahmed Seedat, Charlotte Hillebrand, Michelle Knights (overall winner), Charmaine Drury, Prof Albert Modi (UKZN Dean, Judge), Remo Chipatiso (British Council), Prof Himla Soodyall (Judge).
Nine finalists took to the stage at Scifest Africa in Grahamstown for the FameLab South Africa 2013 final. In front of a capacity crowd, the finalists presented a range of interesting and diverse 3 minute talks. The audience cheered on their favourites, but ultimately only one contestant could be named FameLab SA 2013 winner. The prize went to Michelle Knights, a SKA student from Cape Town who was named the first ever South African FameLab winner. She receives a R10 000 cash prize as well as a trip to the UK to compete in the International FameLab final in June 2013. Runners-up were John Woodland also from Cape Town and Febe Wilken from Johannesburg who both receive a cash prize. The event generated much excitement and brings new perspectives on science in South Africa.
Regional Heats and Regional Finals took place at:
• SciBono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg 21 February 2013
• Gateway Science Centre in Durban 26 February 2013
• Cape Town Science Centre 28 February 2013
Regional winners walked away with great prizes and the opportunity to hone their presentation skills with leading UK-based trainers before competing in the National Final at SciFest Africa 2013 in Grahamstown.
FameLab® is an international competition dubbed “Pop Idols for scientists”. It seeks out new voices in science, technology, engineering and maths – developing science communication skills and profiling role-models to inspire the next generation of scientists. Since its inception at the Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005 it has spread to 23 countries around the world.
Let’s work together to excite and inspire South Africans with a new vision for science and technology!
Director, Jive Media Africa
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