Dr Marina Joubert is a senior science communication researcher at Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Before a career switch to the academic world, she was a science communication manager at the National Research Foundation in Pretoria, South Africa and ran her own science communication consultancy for ten years.
In addition to coordinating and presenting an online science communication course with a focus on Africa, she teaches several modules on public engagement with science as part of an MPhil programme on science and technology studies. Her research interests focus on scientists’ role in public communication of science, online interfaces between science and society and the changing policy environment for public communication of science in Africa.
Marina serves on the executive committee of the global PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) network; the editorial board of Science Communication, the global advisory board of the Journal of Science Communication and is a technical editor for Geoscience Communication.
In July 2015, she won the (South African) National Science and Technology Forum Award for her contribution to promoting science communication and outreach in the country. She holds a BSc Food Science (Honours) degree, as well as a Journalism (honours) degree from Stellenbosch University, an MSc (Agric) from University of Pretoria and a PhD from Stellenbosch University. Her PhD study focused on the science communication behaviour of publicly visible scientists in South Africa.