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Public understanding of laser science and engineering

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.


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