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Public Communication of Researchers

NAVARAJ PERUMALSAMY  

The Public Communication for Researchers, a professional development program to teach communication skills to graduate students in fields of research. This is highly needed in response to seeing science misunderstood and discredited in public discourse. The goal of this is to help participants learn and practice communicating science to people of any background. The program consists of a series of workshops and seminars that start with core principles of effective communication. The seminars then move on to applying these principles to several contexts, such as giving an interview and persuading policy makers. The sole aim is not to turn researchers into full-time science communicators but want them to feel comfortable talking about researchers work to the media, the voting public, and our grandmothers. Although science has profoundly impacted our modern world, it remains seriously misunderstood. Science has developed but senses have been degenerated. The academia partly responsible for not paying enough attention to public communication. We hope to change that by making public communication part of the graduate education. This forum tries to bring about that by training the next generation of scientists to be proactive in talking about their work, so that we can improve the trust, support and funding for research and education. This could empower the voting public as informed participants in policy debates. This exercise can create a culture that places more value on facts and data – and expects the same from its leaders. Most importantly, this can share the wonder and excitement of discovery. Thus Graduate education should include public communication. Public communication prepares us to meet the modern challenges of scientific careers. Graduate students need training in adapting science to public audiences. The need of this communication strategy will definitely brings about a good mindset among the public on science.

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