Under the umbrella of the Advocacy working group, a variety of initiatives are supported including Outreach Activities, Social Responsiveness, Public Engagement and more. Membership to the Advocacy working group is voluntary, and open to all staff and students affiliated with the IDM. The Chair, Emile Chimusa, may be contacted regarding joining the Advocacy working group.
Some initiatives that have been supported historically are listed below:
The IDM co-sponsored the Division of Immunology outreach day for high school students from Retreat, Lavender Hill, Joe Slovo and Khayelitsha. The Outreach team, led by Reto Guler organised a full day of science, practicals and education for the pupils. The Grade 10’s learned all about infectious diseases in South Africa and the opportunities for scientific studies at UCT.
The IDM co-sponsored the Human Genetics, IBMS and Cell Biology grade 11 learners' open day. This Open Day, co-organised by Collet Dandara, was designed to make UCT accessible to the public, especially to possible future scientists and doctors. It offered learners the opportunity to engage with the ideas and subject matter they might confront if they pursue studies in this space – but in a customised way that’s palatable for young and inquisitive minds.