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A voice for science from the developing world SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AS A CATALYST FOR DEVELOPMENT Marina Joubert Southern Science SAASTA AFRICAN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION CONFERENCE FEB 2009

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A voice for science from the developing worldSCIENCE COMMUNICATION AS A CATALYST FOR DEVELOPMENT

Marina Joubert

Southern Science

SAASTA AFRICAN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION CONFERENCE

FEB 2009

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SciDev.Net (the Science and Development Network) seeks to help individuals and organisations in the developing world make informed decisions on science and technology issues impacting on social and economic development.

It does this by providing reliable and authoritative information through a free-access website containing news, views and analysis about science and technology in the developing world.

www.scidev.net

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SCIENCE COMMUNICATION GATEWAY

  • News
  • Features & Opinion
  • Practical guides
  • • Resources
  • • Links

www.scidev.net

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www.scidev.net

www.scidev.net/en/science-communication

A great resource for any science communicator to provide background information and  research information on most regions and topics.

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PRACTICAL GUIDES FOR …

  • Scientists
  • Policy makers
  • Science communication practitioners
  • Journalists

www.scidev.net

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CURRENT PRACTICAL GUIDES

  • Communicating statistics and risk
  • How to set up a science blog
  • Reporting science news for television
  • Reporting from science conferences
  • How do I become a science journalist?
  • Planning and writing a science story
  • Spotting fraudulent claims in science
  • Reporting on controversies in science

www.scidev.net

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AND MORE …

  • How do I convey science to teens and twentysomethings?
  • How do I brief policy makers on science related issues?
  • Explaining controversial issues to the media and public
  • How do I write a scientific paper?
  • How do I make a science news story for radio?
  • Evaluating science communication projects

www.scidev.net

capacity building at scidev
Capacity building at SciDev
  • 85% of our  contributors /journalists are from the developing world. Interested?
  • Great resources to promote the communication of science on the website e.g. practical guides / photo gallery, etc …
  • Science communication workshops not only for  science communicators but also other key stakeholder groups e.g. scientists, researchers and parliamentarians
  • Two internship a year to journalists from the developing world.
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Capacity-building workshops

These are intended to help build capacity in developing countries to report accurately on science and technology and their contributions to development.

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For more information, and to register to receivefree weekly email alert, visit us at:

www.scidev.net

www.scidev.net

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Opportunities and gaps?

Ideas for science communication features or opinions?

Need for more practical guides?

Suggested links to events, key documents, useful resources?

marina@southernscience.co.za

www.scidev.net

3 key points
3 key points ….
  • Scidev.Net is an invaluable resource about “science and development”
  • It provides news, features, opinion, resources and practical guides written by experts that are very topical and useful
  • SciDev.Net provides opportunities for journalists and science communicators to contribute, and offers regular capacity building workshops in developing regions.