Communication and development
South Africa's Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the Applied Centre for Climate and Earth Systems Science (ACCESS) hosted the first in a series of workshops for scientists and journalists. The event aimed to inform the general public on science-related news that have an impact on their and the planet's future.
The workshop, titled “Reporting the science of climate change” took place in Pretoria, South Africa, from 4 to 5 June 2012. It focused on climate change science, as well as on key risks to Southern Africa, national and regional response strategies, and particularly on how best to communicate complex information to the general public.
Interview with Dr Bob Scholes, systems ecologist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and participant from the world of science: "There is a big gap between scientists and the media and, by extension, between scientists and the public. And this kind of workshop helps to close this gap from both sides."
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