The Petri Dish: Where science hits the headlines

A talk by Mahaletchumy Arujanan
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Petri Dish

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Scientists and journalists are two different species with completely different cultures, backgrounds, thought processes, training, and goals. This creates cultural and knowledge barriers between the two groups. Being a trained scientist, I used to blame the media for not showing interest in science stories, until I became a science communicator. As a hybrid between scientists and journalists, I wanted to create a media that has empathy towards scientists and at the same time add soul to scientific data. The Petri Dish, the 1st science newspaper in South East Asia was then born in Feb 2011. In spite of the raving feedback we get, the struggle to keep it alive is something that I battle with every day till today. I will share my journey as the editor-in-chief of this science media.

Mahaletchumy Arujanan

Ph.D., Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of The Petri Dish

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