ICT in Science – Towards empowered South African Citizens

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (2021)

MP4 video, Size: 2.63; Duration: 1:12:21

Please cite as: Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), (2021). ICT in Science – Towards empowered South African Citizens. [Online] Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11911/192

Science engagement plays a pivotal role in bringing trusted information to the public, however, not all communities are accessible in South Africa and science engagers are in short supply. Alternative ways need to be explored as to how to empower citizens and equip them with knowledge to make informed decisions. Informed and knowledgeable citizens can in turn contribute to a more developed citizenry, where the concept of development involves several dimensions of transformation, including the creation of wealth (that is, rapid and sustained economic growth) and its distribution in a fashion that benefits a broad spectrum of people rather than a small elite (that is, a reduction in social inequality) (Shrum, 2001). This webinar tried to address the following questions: • Can ICT assist in making trusted scientific information accessible to all? • Which challenges does the country face in achieving success in this regard? • Are there any success stories on how ICT has positively impacted on a more scientifically engaged citizenry? • What needs to change if we want to succeed in utilising ICT for increased science engagement?

Author and contributor ORCIDs: Majake, Tsepo ORCID; Veldsman, Susan ORCID; Smith, Ina ORCID
Publisher: Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
Peer review status: Non-Peer Reviewed