13:30-14:00 Izindaba Zesayensi Ngolimi Iwakho / Science Stories in Your Own Language

Presenters:
Dr Hlamulo Makelane
Mr Sibusiso Biyela
Ms Tommy Kimberleigh

Dr Hlamulo Makelane

Dr Hlamulo Makelane is a postdoctoral research fellow at the department of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape (UWC). She holds a PhD degree in chemistry with strong focus on polluted wastewater from the University of the Western Cape. Dr Makelane research interest focuses on the development of a highly selective and sensitive dendritic polymer electrochemical sensor for polluted wastewater, and also in Science, Technology and Innovation analysis to evaluate its role in addressing environmental challenges and informs policy. Dr Makelane was nominated in 2013 as an early-career scholar to present her research work for connections and flows; water, energy and digital Information in the Global South at Brown University’s International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), USA. She has been recognised by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) as one of the top five young South Africans in chemistry participated at the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2017, Germany and nominated for Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans 2017 in the Science and Technology category.

Mr Sibusiso Biyela

Sibusiso dabbled in physics and chemistry as an undergraduate, and his career as a science communicator blossomed with his award-winning columns on science for local newspapers in KwaZulu-Natal. When he’s not popularising science and practically forcing everyone around him to think critically, he teaches high school maths& science in his home town. He’s the resident social media guru at ScienceLink, and he’s the author of South Africa’s first isiZulu science news round-up published by SciBraai. His current interests include decolonising science and science journalism by reporting on science news using isiZulu and working with research institutions to translate their media output in this language.

Ms Tommy Kimberleigh

Kimberleigh Tommy is currently the Science Communication Officer at the Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences where she increases public awareness regarding South African and African palaeosciences research in efforts to make science more accessible to all.

Kimberleigh was recently awarded her Masters of Science (MSc) degree with distinction (and no corrections) from The University of the Witwatersrand, specialising in palaeoanthropology and functional morphology. Her research focuses on the evolution of upright walking and how our modern lifestyles impact our bones. She will be returning to academia in 2019 to pursue her PhD in biological anthropology at the School of Anatomical Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand.

Kimberleigh was named one of the Top 20 postgraduate science writers in South Africa in 2017 by Science Today. She was also a nominee in the 2018 Inspiring Fifty South Africa initiative by Co Create South Africa in partnership with the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is an author for international Women in STEM platform, The Female Scientist. Kimberleigh is an advocate for the representation of women and people in colour in STEM fields and for transformation of academic spaces and curricula.

 

We’ll explore the challenges and opportunities of telling science stories in local South African languages. Can it be done? What if the words don’t exist? Are scientists doing it? Are journalists doing it? Should we translate existing stories or produce original vernacular stories? What is the role of technology and the internet? We’ll share our experiences from industry, the media, universities and science councils, and we’d would love your feedback, opinions and advice.

2018-12-04T14:27:09+00:00