Making local science visible - a case study of 'India Science Wire'

A talk by Venkateswaran TV
Scientist, Vigyan Prasar

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Modern science is ‘global’. Yet, multiple factors contribute to giving credence to the notion that modern science is ‘western’. The location of the production of modern science is often situated in the ‘west’. The western media has a strong influence over the media all over. Often the research done is western institutions are reported even in a developing country, while even comparable research done in a local laboratory hardly gets any coverage in the media. These partly contribute to making modern science culturally distant to the local population. Global science has to be inclusive, in terms of gender, region, and culture. This session would describe the growth and development of ‘India Science Wire’ a public initiative to showcase R&D in Indian scientific institutions, in Indian media. The talk would elucidate questions such as, what was the media scenario? what were the institutional hurdles? what were the challenges? what are the lessons learned? The experience of the India Science Wire could provide pointers for other developing nations to address the challenge of making modern science culturally relevant. Language: English

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