National Science Week Webinar: Science Communication

Date: September 4, 2023
Time: 14:00 - 16:30
Venue: Zoom

In celebration of National Science Week 2023, the National Research Foundation (NRF) recognises the resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly that the year 2023 be, the “International Year of Millets (IYoM)“.

Through this webinar, which is hosted by Professor Jacqueline Goldin, through the UNESCO Chair for Groundwater in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), we will provide a platform for raising awareness about the contribution of millet to food and nutrition security, and the production of millet and grain products.

This webinar is about how we use science, and explore ways in which important messages around human and planetary health reach society, using targeted science communication strategies.

The panellists are:

  • Professor Julian May (DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS), UWC): Introduction and overview of the CoE-FS and its research programmes
  • Professor Naushad Emmambux (CoE-FS, University of Pretoria): Millets as SMART foods for food and nutrition security
  • Professor Ndiko Ludidi (CoE-FS, UWC): Unlocking millet production and expanding its utilisation for a food-secure and climate-resilient South Africa
  • Dr Margaret Gold (Senior researcher and coordinator of the Citizen Science Lab): Dr Gold will share her exciting science-society communication strategies for Leiden which was chosen to be the European Science City for the Year 2022.


Date: Monday, 4 September, 2023

Time: 14h00 – 16h30

Venue: Zoom webinar (link here)

To attend the webinar, please register here. For enquiries, please contact Atlegang Lekabe.

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