Scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs that hit the headlines make public curious about their implications. Experts and activists in the relevant fields have their own approaches and the public often do not get the information in the right language or with the right perspective from them. The science communicators are expected to reach people striking a fine balance between these two sections viz. experts and activists. But the lack of media encouragement and proper training remains a hurdle for quality enhancement in science communication. In a democratic set up science communicators play an important role influencing the policy framers also.

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Reaching the people through science communication by bridging the gap between the experts and activists

Bhupati Chakrabarti   Department of Physics, City College, India

Scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs that hit the headlines make public curious about their implications. Experts and activists in the relevant fields have their own approaches and the public often do not get the information in the right language or with the right perspective from them. The science communicators are expected to reach people striking a fine balance between these two sections viz. experts and activists. But the lack of media encouragement and proper training remains a hurdle for quality enhancement in science communication. In a democratic set up science communicators play an important role influencing the policy framers also.

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