In this PhD cafe article, Aditi Jain, Development Editor, ACS Publications, emphasises the importance of empathy in academic settings, particularly research labs, for fostering a supportive and innovative environment. Cultivating empathy enhances relationships, supports colleagues during challenging times, and ultimately contributes to a positive and successful academic experience.
Aditi Kothiyal, Assistant Teaching Professor, Creative Learning, at IIT Gandhinagar, discusses her passion for understanding how people learn through making things and the role of social robots in education. In this interview, Aditi also shares her experiences and offers advice to young women aspiring to pursue careers in STEM, encouraging them to adapt and grow through diverse interests and roles.
The article discusses the growing momentum of science communication (SciComm) in India and the need for further development in the field. Siddharth draws insights from his experiences at the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) 2023 conference in Rotterdam, emphasising the importance of dedicated SciComm conferences as ways to enhance the practice, foster collaboration, and address challenges faced by the Indian SciComm community.
This PhD Café article explores the science communication journey of Devanshi Gupta, a PhD student at the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad. Devanshi highlights the importance of effective science communication, the challenges she faced, and the rewarding experiences that fuelled her passion for sharing science with broad audiences.
Mala Radhakrishnan is a scientist-poet and a professor of chemistry at Wellesley College, USA. She writes and performs chemistry-themed poetry, including poems based on biochemistry, and has published two poetry books. In this interview, she shares insights into how science and poetry can be integrated into education.
Narcondam Island of Andaman is the only home for the Narcondam hornbills. Rohit Naniwadekar and his team ran a science outreach project to spread awareness about the vulnerable island ecosystems and sensitise communities who live and work around these areas. The team is also an awardee of 1st IndiaBioscience Outreach Grant. In this article, Joel uncovers the journey, experiences, logistics, highs and lows of running an outreach program intended for on ground stakeholders.
Misinformation and its spread like wildfire is one of the greatest challenges we face. WhatsApp plays a big role in spreading information, disinformation and misinformation. In this article, Rupsy talks about a WhatsApp group set up to bridge the gap between journalists and scientists thereby curbing the spread of misinformation.