Airport security officials were about the only people who weren’t impressed with University of KwaZulu-Natal academic, Mark Horan, who won the National Science and Technology Forum award for science communication in Johannesburg on May 27. For about 10 years Horan has been based at something with a frightening name — the School of Bioresources, Engineering and Environmental Hydrology, in Pietermaritzburg. And he does something scary-sounding, too — he is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programmer, which apparently has something to do with cartography (map making). But don’t be put off by the titles. His message is simple: science is fun.