Science exists because scientists communicate; however, the communication of science is often seen as a necessary evil by most scientists. A national level undergraduate research conference ICARUS (Indian Conference for Academic Research by Undergraduate Students, http://icarus.org.in) was organized at IIT Kanpur to provide a forum to communicate and celebrate undergraduate student achievement in various fields of science and technology. A unique opportunity was given to the undergraduates across the country to present their ongoing research, at any stage of completion, in a public format to their peers, and the importance of good science communication was stressed throughout the conference. An introductory workshop on science journalism and communication was organized for all 88 participants in the conference. The vision of expanding and publicizing undergraduate research and inspiring the participants for better science communication was realized. NERD (Notes on Engineering Research and Development, www.iitk.ac.in/nerd), the campus science and technology magazine of IIT Kanpur, also expanded its domain of activities to promote science communication among students. SCoPE (Science Communication and Public Engagement) talk series was initiated. Distinguished science journalists and communicators were invited as speakers, who, from their expertise, shared their exemplary work and excitement, and gave the students a glimpse of what does science communication and popularization mean in the Indian context. Last but not the least, workshops on science journalism and communication were conducted in various institutes – IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi, IIT Jodhpur and IISER Pune to stress upon the need of better science communication on a professional and popular level to truly define the scientific progress of the country.

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Catching them young
Inspiring budding researchers for better science communication

Mohit Jolly   Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, IIT Kanpur

Bhuvnesh Goyal   Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur

Science exists because scientists communicate; however, the communication of science is often seen as a necessary evil by most scientists. A national level undergraduate research conference ICARUS (Indian Conference for Academic Research by Undergraduate Students, http://icarus.org.in) was organized at IIT Kanpur to provide a forum to communicate and celebrate undergraduate student achievement in various fields of science and technology. A unique opportunity was given to the undergraduates across the country to present their ongoing research, at any stage of completion, in a public format to their peers, and the importance of good science communication was stressed throughout the conference. An introductory workshop on science journalism and communication was organized for all 88 participants in the conference. The vision of expanding and publicizing undergraduate research and inspiring the participants for better science communication was realized. NERD (Notes on Engineering Research and Development, www.iitk.ac.in/nerd), the campus science and technology magazine of IIT Kanpur, also expanded its domain of activities to promote science communication among students. SCoPE (Science Communication and Public Engagement) talk series was initiated. Distinguished science journalists and communicators were invited as speakers, who, from their expertise, shared their exemplary work and excitement, and gave the students a glimpse of what does science communication and popularization mean in the Indian context. Last but not the least, workshops on science journalism and communication were conducted in various institutes – IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi, IIT Jodhpur and IISER Pune to stress upon the need of better science communication on a professional and popular level to truly define the scientific progress of the country.

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