Crastina is a platform for the exchange of experience, knowledge and inspiration regarding both scientific peer-to-peer communication and science dissemination

  • What? An international network of (mostly young) people who love to communicate science & tech.
  • Why? We think science needs to be communicated with more passion and professionalism.
  • Where? On our website with interviews & resources + on social media + on Skype and IRL.
  • Who? A content group (the Crew), a think tank (the Academy), + lots of friends & contacts.
  • When? Right now – as a matter of fact, we’ve just geared up.

Announcing the winners in The Crastina Science Haiku Competition 2016

We are proud to present the three winning poems in The Crastina Haiku Competition where one is about deep-sea corals, another is about microbes trapped in ice and a third is about autumn leaves.

Writing Poetry for Engineers - Behind the Scenes

Clayton Grow, currently a business intelligence manager at Time of Grace Ministry, earned his bachelor's degree in Civil engineering and went on to get a master's degree in Business Administration. In 2012, he published his collection of poems,…

The Little Book of Neuroscience Haiku – an educational book about the brain

Dr. Eric Chudler, a neuroscientist from the University of Washington, has been engaged in outreach activities for many years, targeting adults, students, and children. His Little Book of Neuroscience Haiku represents a unique way of conveying…

Our current theme: SciComm in Africa

Pearl Osirike: “The beginning of a new era: science communication in Africa”

A Crastina Column by Pearl Osirike, Ph.D. student at West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), University of Ghana.

This time, we will learn more about SciComm activities emerging from a geographical area which is often overlooked in the general discussion about science and its communication: Africa.

On the one hand, it is true that African academia has to cope with persistent challenges like poor funding, inadequate infrastructure, staff shortages and recruitment problems. The everyday struggle of experimental scientists is hard to imagine for those who work in labs in Europe and North America. For example, the difficulty of transporting tissue samples and biomolecules sometimes add weeks and months to projects – parcels are lost, frozen samples become thawed and are ruined on the way, et cetera.

On the other hand, anyone who studies the websites of African universities and research institutes will be met by an impressing vitality and optimism. Innumerous projects are ongoing across this vast continent, and many of them include SciComm activities which all provide a lesson for anyone ready to read, ask and reflect.

We have rarely felt such anticipation when initiating a theme here at Crastina; we are confident that we all – authors and readers have much – to learn.

For The Crastina Crew

Olle Bergman, Project Leader

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