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Public science communication in Africa : views and practices of academics at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe

dc.contributor.authorNdlovu, Heatheren_ZA
dc.contributor.authorJoubert, Marinaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorBoshoff, Neliusen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-21T13:44:45Z
dc.date.available2019-11-21T13:44:45Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationNdlovu, H., Joubert, M. & Boshoff, N. 2016. Public science communication in Africa : views and practices of academics at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe. Journal of Science Communication, 15(6):A05, doi:10.22323/2.15060205.
dc.identifier.issn1824-2049 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.22323/2.15060205
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106865
dc.descriptionCITATION: Ndlovu, H., Joubert, M. & Boshoff, N. 2016. Public science communication in Africa : views and practices of academics at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe. Journal of Science Communication, 15(6):A05, doi:10.22323/2.15060205.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://jcom.sissa.it
dc.description.abstractThis study of the science communication views and practices of African researchers — academics at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe — reveals a bleak picture of the low status of public science engagement in the developing world. Researchers prioritise peer communication and pay little attention to the public, policy makers and popular media. Most scientists believe the public is largely not scientifically literate or interested in research. An unstable funding environment, a lack of communication incentives and censoring of politically sensitive findings further constrain researchers’ interest in public engagement. Most NUST academics, however, are interested in science communication training. We suggest interventions that could revive and support public science engagement at African universities.en_ZA
dc.format.extent29 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherSISSA Medialab
dc.subjectCommunication in science -- Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectCommunication in science -- Zimbabween_ZA
dc.titlePublic science communication in Africa : views and practices of academics at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabween_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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