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Let's talk science: Why researchers ought to reach out to the public

Sneha Kulkarni | Dec 10, 2015 | 10,028 views
Let’s talk science

Science has seldom been a topic of drawing room conversations. The general public tends to believe that science is a complex subject that is best left to its stakeholders – the researchers. Moreover, they perceive researchers as an elite and reclusive crowd that sits in ivory towers. This communication gap between researchers and the public has resulted in growing miscommunication about science, divided opinions about scientific matters, and lack of informed decision making. A few months ago, after meeting with Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a renowned climate scientist from UC San Diego, Pope Francis spoke about global warming, having a significant impact on public awareness on the issue. This instance sparked renewed discussions among both the scientific and non-scientific community about how proactive researchers can bring a change in the public’s perspective on scientific matters.

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