STS lecturer Melanie Smallman has won £2000 funding from UCL’s Global Engagement Fund to work with Stellenbosch University in South Africa on a project to share diversity in Science Communication.
While UCL has a long record of teaching and practice in science communication and public engagement, the experience of communicating science across the deep cultural, social and economic divisions in South Africa means that approaches being developed here promise valuable lessons for the rest of the world. The Sharing Diversity in Science Communication project aims to bring together these two diverse but complimentary perspectives, to share learning and experience of teaching and researching science communication in the UK, while bringing the insight in engaging with diversity from South Africa. This will involve exchange visits between staff at UCL and Stellenbosch, as well as developing a possible joint teaching activity, on which students in Stellenbosch and UCL could work together. We look forward to seeing the results, and congratulate Melanie on her success!