Heard at the 2009 Science Communication Conference

Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan

Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan

“Women may naturally be better science communicators than men, since we are used to talking to people of different ages at different levels.” – Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

vanjaarsveld1“If they need a Professor of Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford, we sure also need one in this part of the world.” – Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, Acting President of South Africa’s National Research Foundation.

 

 

Mr Derek Hanekom, South Africa's Deputy Minister for Science and Technology

Mr Derek Hanekom, South Africa's Deputy Minister for Science and Technology

“Speaking in public about science can be a double-edged sword. Some scientists are good communicators and will inspire young people. But others may scare them away from science for good.” – Derek Hanekom, Deputy Minister for Science and Technology, South Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Science journalism is incredibly important because it informs readers and listeners and viewers of the world around them, of life on Earth, of where we come from, and ultimately where we are going. And, it is never boring.” – Elsabé Brits, journalist at Die Burger, South Africa

Being scientifically illiterate can be life-threatening. For example when people pirate electricity or practice unsafe sex.” – David Kramer, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

“Science goes beyond inventing faster planes and better toothpaste – it is a tool to transform the attitudes of society, via Science Communication.” – Dr Chandra Nautiyal, India

“We need Science Communication to make a change in society – and is a tool, along with education, which [the ASCC2] can sharpen to improve the standard of living for the everyday person. People are using science in their everyday lives and simply don’t know it. We have to step up as science communicators and explain it in a way that can be understood.” – Surjit Singh, India

A local youth choir performed during the opening ceremony at the African Science Communication Conference, February 2009, Johannesburg

A local youth choir performed during the opening ceremony at the African Science Communication Conference, February 2009, Johannesburg

 

Marina Joubert, SciDev.Net

One Response to Heard at the 2009 Science Communication Conference

  1. Simon says:

    If Hanekom’s comment is not out of context, I’d say how typical of an ANC politician to suggest that some scientists should be silent because they can’t be trusted to communicate properly. These guys simply cannot escape the fearful-of-free-speech-control-freakiness of their ideological roots, even when they don’t mean any harm, as I’m sure Hanekom didn’t. Of course, the old NP had much the same kind of political DNA.

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