SACEMA delegation attends Modelling in the Context of African Health (MoCAH) Conference

As scientists, we are accustomed to communicating our research to other scientists. However, there is often a disconnect when we have to communicate our science to the general public. Despite the challenge, science communication is an essential aspect of doing science; afterall, research aims to inform both policy makers and those who will benefit from our research outcomes. To this end, Jive Media Africa presented a two-day virtual science communication workshop to all SACEMA staff and students between 21 and 35 years of age. A day-long interactive training addressed aspects such as how to choose what portion of our research you want to communicate, as well as why we go through the trouble of communicating our research in the first place. The workshop culminated in the SACEMA FameLab heat where each participant presented a 3-minute talk about their research. Talks were evaluated on the basis of their content, clarity and magnetism. Each participant did a phenomenal job; however, there could only be one winner that would progress further in the FameLab South Africa competition. Zinhle Mthombothi, a passionate SACEMA PhD candidate, took that title with her dynamical talk about dengue introduction and spread in South Africa. These science communicators are now equipped to make waves with their science!

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Zinhle Mthomboti winner
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Jeremy Bingham
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Dzunisani Baloyi (second runner up)

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Abenathi Mcinziba
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DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis