Dr Chris Barnard remains the only South African scientist who ever achieved global celebrity status.
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The unprecedented media interest in the first human heart transplant 50 years ago transformed many of the rules that governed the relationships between medicine and the media.
Science communication: it’s not rocket science.
It might feel like rocket science, but scientists need to get better at explaining things to people outside academia.
Protesters carry signs during a march for science Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Denver.
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One of the best ways to shape public policy is for experts to submit detailed, technical information through the public comment process.
It’s good for scientists to work in glass laboratories.
Science isn't cold, hard facts uncovered by emotionless robots. Acknowledging how and where values play a role promotes a more realistic view and can advance science's reputation for reliability.
National science academies must do more to draw women in.
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Academies simply don't know how they're doing when it comes to the representation of women compared to their counterparts within the science-policy environment.
Planning a communication strategy isn’t unethical.
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Scientists who engage with the public may have goals about influencing policy or behavior. But they also need to think about the short-term objectives that will help get them there.
In Europe, scientists will be marching on Earth Day largely as a sign of support for their silenced American colleagues.
Scientists are marching in 500 cities across the globe to protest US president Donald Trump's anti-science policies and make their voices heard.
Rhetoric can teach scientists how to effectively communicate what’s going on in the lab to the rest of us.
If you've only ever paired the idea of 'rhetoric' with 'empty,' think again. Rhetoricians of science have concrete techniques to share with researchers to help them communicate their scientific work.
Here's why I'm supporting this weekend's March for Science.
What happens to their credibility when scientists take to the streets? February 2017 Stand Up for Science rally in Boston.
The research community tends to assume advocacy doesn't mix with objectivity. One study suggests there's room for scientists to make real-world recommendations without compromising their trusted status.
Stories in the media are often the first or even the only way that people hear about science and medical news. So we need to get the reporting right.
Health reporting requires asking the right questions and doing quality research. But specialist skills are also handy, especially when it comes to knowing the language and processes of science.
A work of fiction gives an interesting insight into the real world of science research.
Thomas Barlow is more used to writing factual reports on science innovation, so his first novel gives an entertaining insight into the science community.
Taking stock of what we know works… or not.
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Now that we're in a post-truth world, a timely report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine highlights evidence for what works and what doesn't when talking about science.
Australia needs an agreed approach to quality science teaching.
Australia’s performance in science continues to slide due to ineffective, traditional teaching practices and an outdated curriculum. Here's what needs to change.
More leadership is needed to tackle universities’ crises.
South Africa must address the root factors contributing to nationwide protests in the higher education sector or face dire consequences
When scientists engage local communities in dialogue about their research, both sides benefit.
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There is broad acknowledgement that the way science is taught and practised in Africa is not socially inclusive.
Who are the winners and losers from recent medical research funding announcements?
The recent NHMRC funding announcement has renewed criticism about how medical research is funded in Australia. Is the system fair? Or is it stacked against some researchers?
Scientists have a lot to contribute – and a lot to lose.
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The scientific community enjoys one of the highest levels of trust among American institutions. But engaging in the political arena during a contentious election season comes with dangers.
Some changes to visa rules could make travel easier for scientists.
Scientists from the developing world perceive current visa rules as a major impediment to professional travel. They miss out on opportunities to collaborate globally.
Climate change and the current El Niño have left Africans more vulnerable than ever to hunger.
Economic growth alone won't end hunger. Good policies and programmes are needed, too. Scientists and researchers have a role to play in these initiatives.