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Science Meets Media Workshop

The week-long workshop "Science Meets the Media in Stellenbosch: How Scientists and Journalists Can Make a Difference in the Public Understanding of Science" is designed to expose participants to the relationship between the media and science and to how scientists can communicate with the public. The workshop (November 21-25) is being organised by the Department of Journalism at Stellenbosch University, in alliance with the Department of Science & Technology, the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), and the South African National Editors’ Forum. The objectives of the workshop are to:
  • enable scientists and postgraduate science students to acquire communications skills they need to communicate their research through the media;
  • provide knowledge and skills to work with a variety of media, including print, radio, television, and the internet;
  • promote accessible science writing skills and the popularisation of scientific knowledge by utilising the media effectively;
  • train journalists to work with scientists; and
  • expose journalists to what they should know about science, including how the scientific method works, how to understand uncertainty in science, how to deal with numbers and statistics, and how to track and weigh potential science stories.
Days 1 and 2 (November 21 and 22) are only for scientists; day 3 (November 23) will bring scientists and journalists together in a joint training session on bridging the gap between science and the media; and days 4 and 5 (November 24 and 25) are for journalists only.Registration & fundingThe workshop is open to journalists, scientists, researchers, post-doctoral students, PhDs, and other senior postgraduate students at a level of at least a completed master's degree, as well as science communication officials. Deadline: October 21 2011 In order to accomodate those who do not have the means to pay for the course fee, there is opportunity for:
  • 10 fellowships (full travel, accommodation, and conference fees for 3 days, 4 nights) available to PhD and post-PhD researchers from previously disadvantaged communities
  • 15 fellowships available to aspiring science journalists from the South African media
  • 30 scientists/researchers may attend the workshop at a course fee of ZAR2,500.
  • 25 journalists may attend the workshop at a course fee of ZAR2,500.
Applicants for fellowships must write a brief (250 words maximum) proposal of why they would like to and should attend the workshop, and send it to Prof. George Claassen at by October 21.All applicants must fill in the workshop application form to attend the workshop. To request and submit the application form, contact Elizabeth Newman at