The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) holds an annual Young Science Communicators competition that encourages young scientists to communicate their world to the public. The aim is to get young scientists to be creative in the way they communicate their science. This competition awards four categories, namely: popular article, audio clip, video clip and an open category (cartoons, poems, pictures, etc.).

FABI PhD candidate Darryl Herron entered a poster about “Food Security” for the open category. He wanted to make a poster that was easy to understand and highlighted the major problem we face as a world: feeding our growing populace by 2050. His entry was highly commended by the judges and received special mention on the SAASTA page.

First and second place for this category went to Ms Anisha Dayaram for “A statistical analysis of a scientist haplessly in love” and Mr Tlou Masehela for “As tiny as I am”.

All of the submissions were excellent and are good examples of science communication. All the entered pieces can be viewed here.   

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Human ZR, Crous CJ, Roets F, Venter SN, Wingfield MJ, de Beer ZW. (2017) Biodiversity and ecology of flower-associated actinomycetes in different flowering stages of Protea repens. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 10.1007/s10482-017-0942-3
Wingfield BD. (2017) The peer review system has flaws. But it’s still a barrier to bad science. The Conversation http://bit.ly/2holsgS
McTaggart AR, Beasley DR, Wingfield MJ, Wood AR, Pretorius ZA, Drenth A, Shivas RG, Roux J. (2017) A dynamic, web-based resource to identify rust fungi (Pucciniales) in southern Africa. MycoKeys 26:77-83. 10.3897/mycokeys.26.14602
De Maayer P, Aliyu H, Vikram S, Blom J, Duffy B, Cowan DA, Smits THM, Venter SN, Coutinho TA. (2017) Phylogenomic, pan-genomic, pathogenomic and evolutionary genomic insights into the agronomically relevant enterobacteria Pantoea ananatis and Pantoea stewartii. Frontiers in Microbiology 8(1755) 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01755
Jami F, Wingfield MJ, Gryzenhout M, Slippers B. (2017) Diversity of tree-infecting Botryosphaeriales on native and non-native trees in South Africa and Namibia. Australasian Plant Pathology 10.1007/s13313-017-0516-x