The day-long SciComm Huddle at the recent India Science Festival (ISF) 2024, held on 19 January 2024 at IISER Pune, marked the first in-person SciComm Huddle. It addressed the current state of science communication (SciComm) in India, with a focus on SciComm's scope, institutional roles, capacity building, and the interface with media, emphasising the need for strategic discussions, diversity, innovative approaches, and rigorous research in the field.
SJAI organised its inaugural conference at National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi on 24 and 25 November 2023. The conference, the first of its kind in India, was themed “Strengthening Science Journalism in India: Global trends, regional media, and the science-society connect”. In this article, we highlight the key takeaways from the various talks and discussions held during the conference.
The 4th IndiaBioscience Outreach Grants (IOG) aims to amplify public engagement and science outreach efforts, fostering a broader impact on scientific communication in India. Winners include engaging students and amphibian enthusiasts through interactive games, promoting mental health awareness, mentoring students in Jammu and Kashmir, hosting a conservation-focused podcast, and enhancing scientific education for teachers.
Seven teams of scientists will take science outside labs to students with the goal of facilitating scientific temper and curiosity. With funding support and mentoring by the third IndiaBioscience Outreach Grant, these initiatives are poised to create engaging scientific content - comics, videos, virtual labs, and much more.
Science festivals can be great platforms to motivate people to science. This January, the Foundation for Advancing Science and Technology (FAST India), a non-profit private entity, conducted a virtual mode, two-week-long science festival called India Science Festival 2022. The free-for-all annual event received a whopping global response. More than fifty carefully crafted events fascinated the all-age-group participants and inspired them to engage in science. Here are excerpts from the mega event.
The Foundation for Advancing Science and Technology India (FAST India) organized The SciComm Huddle on 15–16 December, 2021 as part of its India Science Festival (ISF2022). In this report, Sarah Iqbal, convener of The SciComm Huddle, highlights the key takeaways.
With the 2nd IndiaBioscience Outreach Grants, select scientists step out of their labs to connect with communities beyond academia. In this piece, Hansika looks at the initiatives being funded by IndiaBioscience in the current edition.