Other Reports & Publications

  • Ecsite 2021 Annual Conference: Reflecting on our Commitments

    Four esteemed guests from the Ecsite 2021 Annual Conference discuss how the Ecsite Strategy commitments on Climate & Biodiversity, 21st Century Skills and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, have been discussed and explored during this year’s event.

    Spotlight on the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) contribution by Lewis Hou, Director, Science Ceilidh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

    My first Ecsite Conference has arguably been the most inclusive conference to date with the flexible online engagement, the sharing of pronouns and visual descriptors and over 15 sessions sharing the breadth of work with diverse communities in the sector linking into Ecsite’s wider Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) commitment.

    Whilst this progress should be rightly celebrated, there is still work to ensure this is embedded longer-term and for me, four key themes and provocations emerged for the informal science learning sector.

    “Whose story is this?”

    “…And if it’s not my story, why don’t I have the humility to engage with the person whose story it is?” asked Elizabeth Rasekoala from African Gong. Science centres and museums have benefitted historically from extracting objects and stories from marginalised groups, and as we increasingly work with these groups, it’s imperative our engagement doesn’t replicate neo-colonial dynamics by instrumentalising these voices. Read More

    Link to all the four Reflecting on our Commitments contributions:

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  • Title: “South African scientists explain why they make time for science festivals“.
    Authors: Mpfareleni Rejoyce Gavhi-Molefe, Marina Joubert  & Eric Jensen (2021)
    Published online by The Conversation Africa

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  • Title: ‘Intersectional Experiences of Black South African Female Doctoral Students in STEM: Participation, Success and Retention’.
    Authors: Grace Ese-osa Idahosa & Zamambo Mkhize (2021)
    Published in Agenda

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  • SAWMSA-South African Women in Mathematical Sciences Association: Launch & Workshop Event, 6-7 June, UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa. View the report here.

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  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) & Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) – Female Leadership and Higher Education Management in Developing Countries Conference. View the first conference report here

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    and the second here.

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  • “Mainstreaming Scientific Knowledge in Africa”, written by: Sally Deffor (2017). A presentation given at the 3rd African Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity “Pandemic Preparedness in Africa. Biosecurity and Infrastructure in the wake of the Ebola outbreak” Accra, Ghana – August 16-18, 2017, for the Science Communication & PLUS Faculty.
  • “Ebola: the roles of scientific and non-scientific information”, written by: Bankole Falade (2017). A presentation given at the 3rd African Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity “Pandemic Preparedness in Africa. Biosecurity and Infrastructure in the wake of the Ebola outbreak” Accra, Ghana – August 16-18, 2017, for the Science Communication & PLUS Faculty.
  • “The construction of risk in a disease outbreak”, written by: Tom Rausch (2017). A presentation given at the 3rd African Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity “Pandemic Preparedness in Africa. Biosecurity and Infrastructure in the wake of the Ebola outbreak” Accra, Ghana – August 16-18, 2017, for the Science Communication & PLUS Faculty.
  • “From Viral to Verbal: The Role of Journalism During a Disease Outbreak”, Workshop (2017). A presentation given at the 3rd African Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity “Pandemic Preparedness in Africa. Biosecurity and Infrastructure in the wake of the Ebola outbreak” Accra, Ghana – August 16-18, 2017, for the Science Communication & PLUS Faculty.
  • “Leveraging the power of music to improve science education”, published in the International Journal of Science Education, and written by: Gregory J. Crowther, Tom McFadden, Jean S. Fleming & Katie Davis (2016).
  • “Using phenomenography to build an understanding of how university people conceptualise their community-engaged activities”, published in the journal Higher Education Research & Development, and written by: Kim Brown, Kerry Shephard, David Warren, Gala Hesson & Jean S. Fleming (2016).
  • “Before CSI: Making the Case for a Novel Portrayal of Forensic Science”, published in the International Journal of Science in Society, and written by: Vanda Symon, Susan Heydon, Natalie J. Medlicott, Jules Kieser, & Jean S. Fleming (2015).
  • “Using Automata to Teach Science Concepts in Technology Education”, published in the International Journal of Science in Society, and written by: Sue Odlin & Jean S. Fleming(2014).