Bridging the Communication Gap in Science and Technology

Lessons from India

Editors: Bagla, Pallava, Binoy, V. V. (Eds.)

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  • Broadens understanding of the language of science for the general public
  • Carves a new path in the debate on how to remove people's doubts and address concerns related to different areas of science and technology
  • Presents the many nuances of bridging communication gaps when doing outreach
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This first-of-a-kind volume provides a snapshot of existing science communication policy and practice in India across different S&T sectors, and offers solutions to building effective communication. It provides an understanding on how to avoid societal clashes in situations when science meets the public in these sectors. The editors and contributors argue that effective S&T communication leads not only to a more informed public but also benefits research itself, and in a changing society like India this is a crucial element related to good governance and policy making. In this volume, experienced masters of the craft provide practical solutions to making S&T communication more effective in a vast democracy like India, which has complex issues related to literacy levels, diverse languages, varying political will, reach, and resources. Through, discussions on cases of creating information modules for the public on the Internet, television and radio, social media, as well a

s traditional ways of outreach like people’s science movements, holding popular science events, and fairs, the volume provides highly valuable directions on how developing countries with low resources and complex populations can communicate S&T research to the public and bridge communication gaps. 

This volume will interest researchers from science, social science, mass communication and public relations departments, journalists, as well as practitioners and policy makers from government and non-government institutions involved in S&T policy, practice and communication and people who want to understand the complex S&T landscape of India.

About the authors

Pallava Bagla is an Indian science journalist, communicator & photojournalist with over 25 years of experience. In 2014 he was the Shri T.V. Raman Pai Chair Visiting Professor of Science Communication, at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. He has been the Science Editor of India’s highly respected private television channel New Delhi Television (NDTV) since 2006. In his almost two decades of continuous writing for Science magazine, he has critically analysed India’s prowess in S&T. He also runs a weekly column on science, technology, health and environment for India’s trusted news agency, the Press Trust of India (PTI). Bagla's recent work includes giving an insider’s look into India’s little known but highly developed missile development programme. He is the author of several books, some of the most recent being Reaching for the Stars: India’s Journey to Mars and Beyond (Bloomsbury, 2014), Destination Moon: India’s Quest for Moon, Mars and Beyond (HarperCollins, 2008). He is the winner of many awards for his work, and most recently in 2014, he was feted by the Prime Minister of India with an award for `excellence in journalism’. 

V.V. Binoy is Assistant Professor, School of Natural Sciences and Engineering, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India. Dr. Binoy explores the biological and environmental basis of decision-making and personality traits (also referred to as individual variation in the behaviour or behavioural syndrome) in vertebrates using fish and amphibian model systems. He is interested in the popularization of science using non-conventional methodologies of communication and also studies the efficacy of ‘citizen science’ in data collection and dissemination of information to the grass-roots levels of society. Binoy has been a recipient of the ‘Cognitive Science Research Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowship’ and ‘Young Scientist’ start-up research grant from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.  

Reviews

“This book is a goldmine of valuable resource material on how to reach out to the masses and make science communication more effective. … will be of interest to not only science communicators but also researchers from science, social science, mass communication and public relations departments, and journalists. … also be useful to policy makers from government and non-government institutions involved in S&T policy, practiceand communication, and those who want to understand the complex S&T landscape of India.” (Biman Basu, Current Science, Vol. 113 (6), September, 2017)

“The book has successfully captured the current trends of science & technology communicaion in India in its various formats and dimensions including the traditional ones like fairs, science events, competitions, festivals and exhibitions. … One can safely recommend it as an essential read for media students, practising communicators, scientists, researchers, activists, politicians and policy makers of government and non-government departments alike.” (Vinod Varshney, Science Reporter, July, 2017) 


Table of contents (21 chapters)

Table of contents (21 chapters)
  • Introduction: When Science Meets the Public—Bridging the Gap

    Binoy, V. V.

    Pages 1-9

  • Responsibilities of Science, Responsive to Society: A New Dialogue

    Ramesh, Jairam

    Pages 13-35

  • India’s Maiden Mission to Mars: Many Firsts and Some Missed Opportunities in ISRO’s Efforts at Public Outreach and Communications

    Bagla, Pallava

    Pages 39-48

  • Challenges in Communicating about Defence Research: Insight into Defence Research and Development Organisation’s Media Strategy

    Gupta, Ravi Kumar

    Pages 49-62

  • Communicating Issues Related to Land and Natural Resources

    Meenakshisundaram, S. S.

    Pages 63-73

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eBook $34.99
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Softcover $44.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bridging the Communication Gap in Science and Technology
Book Subtitle
Lessons from India
Editors
  • Pallava Bagla
  • V. V. Binoy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-1025-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-1025-5
Softcover ISBN
978-981-10-1024-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 324
Number of Illustrations
47 illustrations in colour
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