Pallava Bagla (57) is a charismatic Indian science communicator respected for his deep understanding of his country’s S&T system. He has won many national and international awards for his work. Explaining complexities of science in a simple language is his forte. His pioneering work show casing India’s missions to Mars and Moon has been applauded this aired in English and Hindi for New Delhi Television and online. In his over two decades of writing for the prestigious American weekly Science, his stories have highlighted India to the world.
He was won three National Awards for his science writing and in 2010, he was awarded the David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism’ considered the Oscar of science journalism and given by the American Geophysical Union, Washington DC, for his landmark writings which exposed the Himalayan glacier blunder by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
He runs a regular photo blog on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram titledEnjoy Nature’ and used to pen a weekly column of S&T for the Press Trust of India (PTI) and has authored several books. He is photographer for the world’s top photo agency Getty Images. His YouTube Channel `New Frontiers in Science and Development’ is very popular.
Author of several books, he also served as Shri Raman Pai chair Visiting Professor in Science Communication’ at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru which resulted in the bookBridging the Communication Gap in Science and Technology: Lessons from India’ edited by Pallava Bagla and V. V. Binoy and published by Springer in 2017.
He served as President of the International Science Writers Association and was a member of the Executive Board of the World Federation of Science Journalists. And on the Advisory Board for the Science Journalism Forum.