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Science Fridays @ Stellenbosch

Please join us for the launch of a new series of public science engagement events at Stellenbosch University (SU) on Friday 20 February 2015 at 13:00 – 14:00 (snacks at 12:30) at CREST, 4th floor of Wilcocks Building; c/o Ryneveld and Victoria streets, Stellenbosch.

Prof Peter Weingart, Research Chair in Science Communication at SU will open the dialogue about “Public trust in science – why it matters and how it is earned or eroded”.
Science Fridays @ Stellenbosch is an opportunity for lively debate about issues at the interface of science and society. It is free and open to anyone interested in how science connects with our daily lives.
This series of public science events will be hosted by the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University. CREST hosts South Africa’s first Chair in Science Communication (SciCOM), as well as a Centre of Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP).
RSVP:  Marina Joubert (marinajoubert@sun.ac.za) by 18 Feb 2015

Uitnodiging - Wetenskap op Vrydae @ STELLENBOSCH
Kom sluit gerus by ons aan vir die eerste van 'n nuwe reeks geleenthede genaamd "Wetenskap op Vrydae @ Stellenbosch". Prof Peter Weingart, wat die nuwe leerstoel in wetenskapkommunikasie by Universiteit Stellenbosch beklee , sal die dialoog oor "Openbare vertroue in wetenskap – hoekom dit saak maak en hoe dit verdien of verloor word" inlei. (Vrydag 20 Februarie 2015; 13:00 – 14:00 (versnaperinge word om 12:30 bedien) by CREST, 4de vloer, Wilcocks-gebou; h/v Ryneveld- en Victoriastraat, Stellenbosch.
"Wetenskap op Vrydae @ Stellenbosch" bied 'n platform vir lewendige debat oor aktuele sake betreffende wetenskap en samelewing. Bywoning is gratis en enige iemand wat belangstel in hoe wetenskap ons daaglikse lewens raak is welkom!
Hierdie reeks geleenthede vir openbare dialoog oor die wetenskap en samelewing word deur SENWET (Sentrum vir Navorsing oor Evaluasie, Wetenskap en Tegnologie) aangebied. SENWET is die tuiste van Suid-Afrika se eerste leerstoel op die gebied van wetenskapkommunikasie (SciCOM) asook 'n nuwe DWT-NNS Sentrum van Uitnemendheid in Wetenskapmetriek en Wetenskap-, Tegnologie- en Innovasiebeleid (SciSTIP).
RSVP: Marina Joubert (marinajoubert@sun.ac.za) teen 18 Feb 2015


Welcome to 2015 @ CREST

More than 20 MPhil and PhD students from across Africa participated in a four-day induction programme at CREST (Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology) at Stellenbosch University, from 4 – 7 February 2015. The students are enrolled for postgraduate studies in “Monitoring and Evaluation” or “Science and Technology Studies”.

Experts from knowledge hubs across the campus – such as the library and writing lab – joined senior staff members at CREST to present a comprehensive programme designed to give the 2015 student group a head start with their postgraduate studies.

Students had the opportunity to meet all CREST academics and to become familiar with important policies and procedures at the Centre. Practical skills training ranged from how to do smart searches and avoid plagiarism to writing research proposals, adhering to ethics and working effectively with supervisors.

The hands-on training on how to use ATLAS.ti for literature reviews was a highlight for many participants. Dr Lauren Wildschut – staff member at CREST and a leading expert on this powerful qualitative data analysis software – presented this session.

“These four days have given me great confidence for the year ahead,” said Nox Moyake who is currently working as a research communication practitioner at the CSIR’s Centre for High-Performance Computing in Cape Town.  “I’m passionate about science communication and hope to continue with a PhD in this field once my Master’s programme is complete.”

“I’m really glad I attended this substantive orientation programme,” said Ash Belford, a senior manager in the public service in SA who is based in Pretoria. “As mature students we often think we know about topics such as plagiarism and ethics, but it really helps to engage experts to understand the finer nuances.

Richard Lamprey, a librarian at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, agreed that the programme at CREST provided a solid foundation for the year. “I now feel ready for taking on the challenges ahead,” he said. “This programme will help us to limit mistakes and move much faster with our research projects.”

Students also had the opportunity to get to know the town, each other and some local cuisine during a “Being a Matie” campus tour and a spit braai at STIAS.
Melinda Rust, postgraduate coordinator at CREST, designed and managed the induction programme. Contact her on
mrust@sun.ac.za for information about the postgraduate courses on offer at CREST.



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