Scientists have wonderful stories to tell and important information to share. The services and training on offer at Southern Science are designed to help scientists, engineers, media officers and research managers to share their work effectively with audiences ranging from young people and farmers to funders and policy makers.

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Having trained as a scientist (MSc in agricultural science from University of Pretoria) and a journalist (graduate programme in journalism at Stellenbosch University) combining science and communication is my passion. I work for several universities, science councils and industry organisations across Africa and often partner with international organisations such as Unesco and SciDev.Net in science communication projects. I am a member of the South African Science Journalism Association and a member of the international PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) scientific committee. I serve on the editorial advisory board of the journal "Science Communication" and the advisory panel of a Sci-Enza, a science centre on the campus of University of Pretoria (UP).

I'm working with the media office at UP to profile some of the great research stories on this campus – highlights posted at

I joined Stellenbosch University on 1 January 2015. As a researcher at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) I'm developing curricula (short courses and full-time academic programmes) in science communication.

Share science communication stories with me via Twitter @marinajoubert #scicomm