National Youth Service Volunteer, Science Communication Division

Mr Lynel Ntshaupa Sebitleng joined the Science Communication Division at the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) in March 2019 as a volunteer under the DST National Youth Service Programme. Mr Sebitleng is part of a vibrant team that is responsible for the implementation of science engagement projects linked to the DST priority research areas. He holds a BSc degree in biochemistry and biology that he obtained from the University of Venda. He is looking forward to advancing the departmental objectives and bringing innovative ideas with her acquired skills in science as well as communication.

The priority research areas science engagement programmes managed by SAASTA on behalf of DST include the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Public Awareness, Demonstration and Education Platform, the Nanotechnology Public Engagement Programme and the Public Understanding of Biotechnology. The main aim of the programmes is to promote credible, fact-based understanding of priority research areas through dialogue, education and engagement that will enable informed decision making on related technological innovations amongst local and international stakeholders. The programmes will also aim to entice and inspire the next generation scientists towards science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI) careers, especially those in the priority areas.