When was the last time you didn’t pep up a written message — a text, an email or a social media post — with an image, a video or, in the least, an emoticon? Speaking to friends, family, peers, colleagues and even your boss, clearly isn’t anymore about dry, plain words.
These small examples actually point to a major shift in how our means and methods of communication have evolved. And so, should science communication — which lends itself naturally to pictures and graphics, figures, illustrations and images, videos and virtual reality — lag behind?
At Nature India, our constant endeavour has been to equip Indian scientists with the best and most effective ways of communicating. Which is what triggered a series of science communication workshops last year, co-hosted with the Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance. Our annual photo contests (1, 2, 3) and most recently the FameLab India event, which we partnered with the British Council, for young science enthusiasts have been in the same vein — attempts to train, recognise and raise an army of effective science communicators that this country needs.
Taking one step further, Nature India now announces India’s first ever comprehensive science visualisation workshop called ‘Visualising Science’, again in partnership with the Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance and the National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi . The two-day event beginning March 30, 2017 at NII includes a science photography workshop with hands-on training. Participants will have stimulating sessions with an infographer, an illustrator a film maker and a virtual reality expert.
The workshop is set around a photo exhibition of the top 10 entries from Nature India Photo Contests and other visual art and science display. The event intends to introduce PhD students and researchers to visual tools and methods that make science communication more effective and interesting.
We will take in a maximum of 60 participants based on their real interest. If you are keen to join this grand visual experience, please register online before March 17, 2017 here: http://bit.do/visualisingscience.