The National Institute for Supporting Women in Science and Technology (NIS-WIST)1 of the Republic of Korea has been running the "Science Communicators Training Program (SCTP)"  since its launch in February 2005. The SCTP is comprised of courses focused on enabling  women with advanced science and engineering education including unemployed, returning  and retired with skills such as basic science, perception  and psychology pedagogy and  performance  planning and writing, through which they can convey their scientific knowledge  to the public. Over fifty people have completed the courses throughout its two runs in 2005, of which 42.9% are comprised of masters and doctoral degree holders. Currently,85.7% of graduates are employed, of which 81% have been given the opportunity to create a new position called ‘SC (Science Communicator)' in various institutions backed by the recommendation of the NIS-WIST. It is our anticipation to discover highly-educated women in the science and technology(S&T) field, enabling them to enter and actively progress in S&T careers as their contributions are also committed for the spread of science popularization and fostering the public understanding on science.

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Fostering the science communication to the public through the nist-wist science communicators training program

Ju-Young Min   National Institute for Supporting Women in Science and Technology (NIS-WIST), Korea

The National Institute for Supporting Women in Science and Technology (NIS-WIST)1 of the Republic of Korea has been running the "Science Communicators Training Program (SCTP)"  since its launch in February 2005. The SCTP is comprised of courses focused on enabling  women with advanced science and engineering education including unemployed, returning  and retired with skills such as basic science, perception  and psychology pedagogy and  performance  planning and writing, through which they can convey their scientific knowledge  to the public. Over fifty people have completed the courses throughout its two runs in 2005, of which 42.9% are comprised of masters and doctoral degree holders. Currently,85.7% of graduates are employed, of which 81% have been given the opportunity to create a new position called ‘SC (Science Communicator)' in various institutions backed by the recommendation of the NIS-WIST. It is our anticipation to discover highly-educated women in the science and technology(S&T) field, enabling them to enter and actively progress in S&T careers as their contributions are also committed for the spread of science popularization and fostering the public understanding on science.

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