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THE TRANSLATION OF RESEARCH PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT. Contributors: Ms Debra Railoun Mrs Sarah Bok Mrs Khalipha Ramahlape Research Translation Office Corporate & Public Affairs Directorate. RESEARCH TRANSLATION.

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The translation of research public engagement

THE TRANSLATION OF RESEARCHPUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Contributors:

Ms Debra Railoun

Mrs Sarah Bok

Mrs Khalipha Ramahlape

Research Translation Office

Corporate & Public Affairs Directorate


Research translation

RESEARCH TRANSLATION

“Research makes no difference to health and quality of life unless it is translated into specific interventions such as:

Policy,

Practice,

Products &

Promotion,

which can have an impact on the health and quality of life of the nation”.


Aspects of research translation office

ASPECTS OF RESEARCH TRANSLATION OFFICE

  • Public Engagement:

    For research translation to benefit society, the levels of public engagement must be raised.


Public engagement

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

  • Bridges the gap between science/scientists and society

  • Accountable at all levels (public, government & funders)

  • Creates effective science communication

  • Demystifies science among the literate and economically active

  • Creates a platform to engage the interest of those less privileged

  • Exposes school learners to career opportunities in Science and Technology and Health


School engagement initiatives

SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVES

  • Khanyagula Science Expo

  • National Science Week

  • Grahamstown SciFest

  • Workshops for

    • Educators

    • Learners

  • Science Days at Schools

  • Health Days

  • National Youth Day


School engagement

SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT

Khanyagula Science Expo

  • Held annually for township schools

  • Serves the purpose of capacity development as learners are groomed to be competent enough to compete at regional and national level.

  • Through this project, more learners from township schools are taking part in Science Expo

All the proud gold medalists from the Khanyagula programme who were selected to represent the region at the national finals in Pretoria.


School engagement1

SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT

National Science Week

  • MRC is involved in NSW activities


School engagement2

SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT

Grahamstown Science Festival

  • Showcase MRC

  • Run workshops


School engagement3

SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT

Workshops for educators


School engagement4

SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT

Workshops for learners

  • HIV

  • DNA

  • TB

  • Malaria

DNA Workshop


School engagement5

SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT

Science Days at Schools

  • MRC Scientists address learners. This serves the purpose of science promotion as well as role modeling for learners.


School engagement6

SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT

Health Days

  • These are celebrated with the purpose of promoting healthy living.


School engagement7

SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT

National Youth Day


Community engagement initiatives

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVES:

  • Health Days

  • MRC Scientists addressing public at clinics, hospitals, youth centres, and other events.

  • National Science Week


Community engagement

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:

Health Days

  • Cancer Day – Eastern Cape

  • AIDS Day - Khayelitsha , MRC

  • TB Day - (MRC Cape Town)

  • Diabetes Day – MRC Cape Town


Community engagement1

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:

MRC Scientists address public at clinics, hospitals, youth centres, and other events.


Community engagement2

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:

National Science Week

  • Community invited to special day


Outputs

AIDS (cartoons/cells workshop)

  • DNA Workshop – makes molecular biology meaningful

  • Tobacco (policy)

Lead in paint (policy)

OUTPUTS

  • Iodine in Salt (NIVS)

  • Food Table (NIVS),

  • and many more


Lessons learned

LESSONS LEARNED?

  • Workshops to be participatory

  • Use low cost easily accessible props

  • Flexible modules

  • Use imagination

  • Alternate sitting & moving activities

  • Use competition

  • Use relevant metaphors

  • Engage with relevant applications

  • Address language diversity issues

  • Seek informal feedback

  • Create a WOW! Factor

  • Be whacky, colourful, enthusiastic, larger than life


Conclusion

CONCLUSION

With imagination complex scientific principles can be meaningfully transferred to a diverse audience


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