ADA Spring School 2019​
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The ADA is presenting its first shorter format Doctoral School this year from 14 - 16 October. The courses as always will offer high impact research design and methodology training, for researchers at the late phase Masters stage and beyond, doctoral candidates (current and prospective) and their supervisors.

The two courses on offer focus on Designing and collecting data (14 - 16 October) and Science Communication for researchers, Centres of Excellence and research groups (15 - 16 October).


Please note that each course below has different offering dates. You can only attend one course, as some of the days overlap.

1 - Designing and collecting data: A practical ​research experience  (14 - 16 October 2019) Bookings closed
Prof Sarah Howie (Stellenbosch University), Prof Donna Podems (Michigan State University & University of Johannesburg) & Dr Lauren Wildschut (Stellenbosch University​)  ​|Read more​|​  

​​2 - Packing a science communication toolbox for your PhD journey​ (15 - 16 October 2019) Bookings closed
Dr Marina Joubert (Stellenbosch University) ​|Read more​|  



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1. Designing and collecting data: A practical ​research ​experience Bookings closed
2. Packing a science communication toolbox for your PhD journey Bookings closed
​Dates: 14 - 16 October 2019
​Dates: 15 - 16 October 2019
​R5 500
​R3 800

Additional information

  • Last day for payment and applications: 30 September 2019
Course specific information is available on the Workshop Information section below. ​

​Included in th​e cost:

The fee includes the workshop tuition and class materials, Wi-Fi internet, refreshments, lunch and a conference pack. Not included is accommodation or your transport to Stellenbosch. Although accommodation is not included, we offer some options to secure a room for the school at our partner, S​tellenb​osch Accom​modation.​​


  • All workshops are taught in English, and take place on the Stellenbosch University main campus in Stellenbosch.


  • Open - the course is open for booking and there are open spaces available. 
  • Waiting List - a waiting list is forming, but we're waiting on payment for the courses from delegates. Please register if you would like to attend and we will place your name on the list.
  • Closed - the course has a long waiting list and we have closed bookings.

The ADA reserves the right to cancel a course if the minimum attendance figures are not reached. If a delegate has already paid, we will refund them 80% of the course fee up to 30 September 2019 - thereafter no refunds are possible.


  • The last day for withdrawal from the ADA's Spring School is 30 September 2019 - applicants will receive a 80% refund up until this date and thereafter a 50% refund until 7 October 2019. After 7 October 2019 there will be a 100% cancellation fee applied unless someone else can take your place.
  • No refund will be paid if attendance is cancelled after 7 October 2019.
  • The ADA reserves the right to cancel a course up to 15 September 2019.

Workshop Information​​

Course 1: Designi​ng and collecting data: A practical research experience​

Prof Sarah Howie (Stellenbosch University), Prof Donna Podems (Michigan State University & University of Johannesburg)
& Dr Lauren Wildshut (Stellenbosch University)  Bookings Closed
14 - 16 October 2019​
​R5 500
What to bring?
Please come with an idea for a research project or a research project underway and any draft or completed interview schedules, questionnaires and observations. It may help to bring a laptop computer with power cord. 
Participants should have a basic understanding of the process of research. It would be beneficial to come to the course with an idea for a research project or proposal. We will use delegates own work during the course in the practical elements.
​Target audience

​This course will benefit delegates who have immediate needs for learning how to design and implement their research instruments (Questionnaires) or data collection strategies (Interviews and Observations) and furthermore are applying mixed methods research and need to integrate the data and findings from different instruments or methods (Quantitative with Qualitative). It is ideal for students who are in the early phases of their postgraduate studies, who can actively develop their proposal and instruments through the course. It is especially relevant for postgraduate students who are not sure of which instruments they need for their research. This will be relevant to postgraduate delegates planning a quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research study as well as researchers wanting training on interviews, questionnaires or observations. The course is open to all disciplines planning or using interviews, questionnaires and observations.​

Course Description

Practical research combines three types of data collection: interviews (focus group and group), questionnaires and observations providing both the theory as well as practical experience. The course provides fundamental knowledge on interviews, questionnaires and observations, starting with the underlying research logic and then presenting the processes and steps for successful design, planning, collection of the data, managing and organising the data and implications for analysis and findings.

Finally, as many studies combine and integrate more than one type of data collection strategy, the course also provides fundamental knowledge on how to integrate quantitative and qualitative designs and data.

Course Outcomes
After the course, students will have skills to:

  • ​Understand the process of designing, planning, implementing and integrating interview schedules, questionnaires, observations and their data

  • Understand the implications of the design of the research instruments/data collection strategies on their analysis and findings.

  • Understand the steps needed to operationalise their research questions and objectives into questions for data collection

  • Understand the criteria and processes required to select the appropriate data collection methods and design appropriate research instruments/ strategies​​

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​Course 2: Packing a scie​​nce communication toolbox for your PhD journey​

Dr Marina Joubert (Stellenbosch University) Bookings Closed
15 - 16 October 2019​
​R3 800
What to bring?
Examples of creative and unusual approaches to science communication from their own contexts.
Delegates should think about the questions that need to be answered in drawing up a basic communication plan, including their science communication objectives (what you would like to achieve) as well as their priority audience (who you most want to engage with). A template will be provided (via email) about a week before the course.
​Target audience

This course will benefit PhD students who are interested in acquiring the confidence and skills that are required to share their research with relevant communities and public audiences. It will highlight on how PhD candidates can benefit from making public engagement an integral part of their PhD journey, but will also make them aware of the challenges and risks. Participants will find out how to draw up a communication plan and how to craft their own research story. The workshop will also include practical advice on popular science writing, presentations and using social media tools. We will also explore creative approaches such as storytelling and visual communication, and will discuss examples of how PhD students around the world use creative approaches to make their research accessible and relevant with their communities.

Course Description

This workshop will introduce participants to public communication of science as an integral part of a research career. It will highlight best practice, as informed by current research in this field. In addition to the potential personal and career benefits of effective public engagement, we will also consider the barriers, challenges and risks. A set of practical tools will be provided that delegates will be able to use when planning their communication activities, and when working on popular presentations or articles.

Course Outcomes
After the completion of the course, students will have skills to:

  • Draw up a basic science communication plan
  • Present a personal research story
  • Craft key messages about their own research
  • Write a popular article (news or opinion piece) about their research
  • Start using social media tools to communicate their research

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