NIAS Public Lecture: “Emerging Dynamics of Science Communication” By Dr R Gopichandran, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 1600hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru 560 012


Invites you to a

Public Lecture


Emerging Dynamics of Science Communication




Dr. R Gopichandran

Director, Vigyan Prasar

Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India


Wednesday, 27th September, 2017, 4.00 PM

Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS


Chairperson: Dr.V V Binoy, Assistant Professor, NIAS


Abstract: Recent investigations on the process of the science communication and assessment of impacts have highlighted the importance of logical frameworks.  These pertain to the relationships between the specific objectives of communication and the expected groundswell of responses by citizens to engage in well informed action.  Three important strands converge on the robustness of these frameworks. They are –


1. The spread and depth of information presented to the public along with a special highlight about the limits and limitations of existing knowledge systems. 

•   This pertains to controversies in science and their comprehension by the public. 

2.  The second strand is about evidence based policy making that determines the architecture of enabling circumstances to transform learning / insights into action.

•   Preparedness of citizens to act, aligned with the regulatory environment, market based instruments and institutional mechanisms that foster action for collective good & 

•   Reality checks about such preparedness ae two related facets. 

Science communication has to be viewed therefore through the lens of enablers and not as an isolated standalone intervention. 

3.  The third strand is about appropriateness of tools for communication.  The relevance of knowledge network, communities of practitioners and the ease of using tools of communication are most relevant in this context. 


The overarching objective of the presentation is to raise some important questions pertaining to the processes and relevance of science communication in India. Finally the presentation will substantiate the call for concerted action to not trivialize science communication, and on the other hand strengthen science communication efforts using logical frameworks.


About the Speaker: Dr. R Gopichandran presently serves as the Director of Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous organization of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India.  He holds two doctoral degrees in the areas of Chemical Microbial Ecology, in addition to a degree in Law.  He has developed and implemented a wide variety of information, education and communication strategies at the national, regional and global levels to transform the policy intent of science technology and innovation for development into a reality. This has been so on two fronts; in particular; namely ozone layer protection and eco-industrial development.


All are cordially invited


For further information, please contact Dr. V V Binoy

Wednesday, September 27, 2017