Abstract: Developments in S&T are aimed at achieving overall development and focus of R&D aims at the development and finding solutions to the problems being faced by the society. While focussing the efforts on achieving these goals, it is equally important to ensure that the efforts and developments are communicated to the stakeholders especially to non-specialist and public. The task of communicating has several facets both in terms to whom it is being communicated and by whom. The anatomy of communication must be firmed up and if required formally get trained to finetune the skills for effective communication. When it comes to emerging technologies, the challenge has multiple dimensions. While developments of S&T lead to finding solutions to the problems that existed at any given time, like food and energy security and transportation, solutions lead to problems of monster dimensions to be solved later, like, the number of automobiles, CO2 emissions. For achieving balanced development, a holistic approach and transdisciplinary research is the need of the hour. The talk would dwell upon some of these aspects.
About the speaker: Prof. M. Sai Baba, Outstanding Scientist and formerly Director, Resources Management Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research and Senior Professor, Homi Bhabha National Institute. Presently holding the Shri TV Raman Pai Chair Professor at National Institute of Advanced Studies. At NIAS he is currently working in the domains of Science and Risk Communication, Human Reliability Program and Understanding Ancient Indian Knowledge Systems for applying them for the holistic development of youth. Present work includes, obtaining effective and informative insights on managing public perceptions and public acceptance of public risks associated with new and emerging technologies, through science and technology communications. Developing platforms for enhancing interaction between scientists and public using conventional and nonconventional media of communication. Outlining strategies based on science and technology communication to manage the fear of hazards from novel technologies possessed by the public.