Sci-Bono Discovery Centre provides this tremendous platform for public and scientists to engage around current, controversial and ground breaking scientific affairs. Giving our public a behind the scenes first-class pass to current scientific research topics. These engaging evening talks are set to inspire rigorous scientific discussions amongst the audience.
Saturday 31 August 2019
10:H00 - 12:H30
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre c/o Miriam Makeba and Helen Joseph Streets
Newtown | Johannesburg
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ABOUT SHIRONA PATEL
Ms Shirona Patel is curious about the world and is passionate about working with academics and students to make research and science accessible and understandable to multiple publics. From telling the stories of dung beetles and pre-historic fossils to sharing new knowledge about the stars or HIV/AIDS, she enjoys piquing the interest of ordinary people through new creative technologies like video, animation and virtual reality.
As the Head of Communications at the University of the Witwatersrand, she works with researchers in all areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The commissioning editor of a magazine and digizine called Curios.ty, she encourages everyone to always ask questions.
She serves as the Communications Manager in the Office of the Vice-Principal at Wits and is a full member of Senate and the Senior Management Group.
Ms Patel has also worked for several global clients in the education, healthcare and finance sectors, across Africa. She edited many publications, including a magazine called Lesea at the age of 22 and worked in community radio for five years (part-time). She was elected as an ambassador for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s Africa online community in 2016.
She has presented at Science Forum South Africa and the SciComm100 conference at the University of Stellenbosch in 2018. In 2019, she trained about 50 participants in a AAF19 workshop in Durban.
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