Communicating Discovery Science

symposium on ‘Communicating Discovery Science’ is set to take place from 18 – 20 November 2024 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The event is organised by the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University, with support from The Kavli Foundation.

Discovery science includes basic, foundation, curiosity-driven, blue-sky or fundamental scientific research across all disciplines. Public engagement around discovery science is essential to combat certain public perceptions that it is too abstract and removed from society to be worthy of funding.

The symposium aims to deepen understanding of effective public engagement around discovery science. We will explore ways to improve the practice of communicating discovery science, sharing insights and creating a supportive community for scientists and science communication practitioners and researchers focused on basic science. We will also explore the relevance and importance of communicating basic science in relation to applied science.

We invite you to explore the symposium website – – and consider responding to the call for proposals. We are asking for proposals of maximum 500 words by 31 May 2024.

A six-member scientific advisory committee will review the proposals and lead the programme development.

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