The CSIR National Laser Centre runs a public awareness
campaign aptly named, PULSE – Public Understanding
of Laser Science and Engineering. Through the PULSE programme,
the CSIR communicates its laser activities to the general
public and also creates a broader community awareness of
the economic and social benefits of science, engineering
and technology (SET). The centre participates in SET exhibitions
and has an area earmarked for the CSIR at the Sci-Bono Discovery
Centre in Johannesburg, Sci-Enza Science Centre at the University
of Pretoria and at the University of Zululand Science Centre.
The CSIR also participates in all important national SET
festivals. PULSE undertakes regular outreach activities
to a number of schools per year with a conscious effort
to target previously disadvantaged schools.