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South African scientists explain why they make time for science festivals

By Mpfareleni Rejoyce Gavhi-Molefe, Mathematical Scientist & AIMS House of Science Manager, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Eric A. Jensen, Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Warwick
Marina Joubert, Science Communication Researcher, Stellenbosch University
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Science festivals across the world attract millions of visitors every year. They are typically busy, buzzing events: visitors stroll through interactive displays, enjoy science-themed shows and popular science talks and take part in hands-on workshops.

These events appeal to different groups of people for different reasons. For adults, they provide rare – and valued – opportunities to talk directly to scientists while learning in a leisure context.…

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