Taking science to the public

As part of its Founder’s Day celebrations, the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore, recently organized a two-day seminar titled ‘When Science Meets the Public: Bridging the Gap’. Scientists, social scientists, policy makers and journalists were the predominant participants in what turned out to be a series of heated debates, with each party choosing sides, yet working towards a common goal – taking science to the public…

The participants called for a press office at every institution. The need for a central online science news service for India was also mooted. It was said that science communication courses, which currently do not lay emphasis on the journalism aspect, should be revamped. Scientists should be briefed on how media works and journalists introduced to hands-on laboratory science for a peaceful co-existence.

Read the full report at Current Science.