Imphal: A three days training Workshop for Science Communicators on Script Development/Writing was inaugurated on Tuesday at the auditorium of Manipur Science Centre at Takyelpat, here.
Deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh said effective communication should be encouraged for spreading scientific temperament among masses in the state.
Communicators should be able to convince people by using simple and easily understandable words while spreading scientific message to the people. There may not be problem in verbal communications but there have been difficulties in written communications. Younger generations should be encouraged to learn the things existing in nature. It will help them to imagine and think what the science is all about, Joykumar said.
Expressing concern about the less space of scientific article or message even in local dailies, he asked the officials for starting publication of scientific journals at the earliest to enable the science communicators to publish their writings on different topics in science. Using internet will also be helpful for spreading scientific information, he added.
Former vice-chancellor of Manipur University, Prof. H.N.K. Sharma said the role of science communicators are very important to spread the scientific knowledge to the masses. Although there have been difficulties in spreading scientific information due to many reasons, communicators should always try to use simple words and minimize formulas and mathematical equations. Such workshops will be very helpful in developing easy techniques in disseminating scientific information to the society, he added.
Director of MASTEC, Dr L. Dinachandra Singh said, MASTEC have been organizing such workshops especially for science communicators regularly since 1999. Eight such workshops had been organised in the state.
Dr. C.M. Nautiyal, Consultant (Science Communication), Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi spoke on the importance of science communicators in spreading scientific information to the masses.
Fifty-two participants take part in the workshop.