Skills for the Future: Are Scientists Ready?

Skills for the Future: Are Scientists Ready? 2016-11-18T09:34:41+00:00

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Science Talk
Presenter: Mr Michael Ellis,  South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement, South Africa
Presenter: Ms Nozipho Gumbi, University of South Africa, South Africa
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The role of scientists in the knowledge economy is constantly evolving. The need for scientists to network, communicate and engage with societal views, opinions and knowledge is becoming increasingly more important. Integrating public engagement and communication into the research cycle can, amongst others; improve the quality and impact of research, and build trust, understanding and collaboration with the public, and ultimately raise the profile of researchers. The skills required of a scientist are now broader than previously expected. We ask an early career researcher to share the challenges experienced in fulfilling the evolving role of scientists in society and explore the skills required, in the context of preparing people for the knowledge economy. The talk will also address how societal engagement is essential to ensure responsible research and innovation (RRI) and will explore various practical examples of science engagement platforms.
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ellisMr Michael Ellis
South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement, South Africa
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Michael Ellis is the science communication manager at the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement. He has implemented a range of science communication and engagement initiatives and has previously worked at the Cape Town Science Centre and Sci-Bono Discovery Centre. He has experience in STI training and human capital development through his key responsibilities of development and training within the science centre network and more recently through the science communication workshops offered by SAASTA. A key responsibility of the science communication unit at SAASTA is to develop science communication resources, media and skills. Michael has a MSc (Entomology), BSc Hons and a BSecEd (Sci) from the University of Pretoria.
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gumbiMs Nozipho Gumbi
University of South Africa, South Africa
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