Stellenbosch University: Online science communication course

The online science communication course at Stellenbosch University is designed to build expertise in strategic engagement with public audiences – an increasingly important requirement of publicly-funded research.

Participants will get to grips with theory, research trends, best practice and strategic thinking in the field, while benefiting from networking with fellow science communicators around the world. The course is also a stepping stone for young scientists who may be interested to pursue a career in the field of science communication research or practice.

The 2019 course runs from May to June 2019, followed by a collaborative practical research project that will conclude by the end of July 2019. Successful participation requires only about 2 – 3 hours per week, but study times are completely flexible. All participants who successfully complete the course, will receive a certificate from Stellenbosch University.

We invite scientists, science communication practitioners and senior research students to apply. Click here to apply on or before 23 April 2019. Applicants will be registered on a first-paid-first-served basis; limited to 60 participants per course. Please email Rolene Langford at if you need help with your application.

The course is now in its 5th year, 247 scientists and communicators from around the world (mostly from South Africa and other African countries) have successfully completed it. Read feedback from the class of 2018.

The 2019 course will be co-presented by Dr Marina Joubert and Dr Lars Guenther.

For more about the content, costs and application procedures, click here.