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Student SciComm fellowship

As part of the British Council Going Global Partnership Grant, Science Media Centre of IISER Pune is working closely with UWE Bristol, Nature India and SJAI to co-develop a cutting-edge science communication course. During this course development year, we are also supporting four projects involving 8 student fellows. The fellowship is semester long (Aug 2023 to Nov 2023).  During these four months, each project will be mentored by a science journalist from SJAI network and scientists from IISER Pune.

Meet the fellows and mentors

All fellows are students pursuing BSMS at IISER Pune. These fellowships will be supervised by Dr Shalini Sharma (Head- SMC, IISER Pune) and Sahana Ghosh (Associate Editor, Nature India). 


Project 1


Aditya Shukla

Virtual Museum Designer


Yashraj Kumar Singh

Artist: Sculpture of bust

Aditya developed interactive webpages for the G N Ramachandran digital museum with high-quality animations/illustrations and game engine elements. Yashraj contributed an artwork to this project. 

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They've been mentored by Rafeeque Mavoor  

(Science Communication with animations and illustrations).

Project 3


They were mentored by Ipsa Jain

(With a PhD in Biological sciences, Ipsa's expertise lies in science communication and illustrations). 

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Vidisha Hate 

Subject Familiarity & Research

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Harsh Rathod

Illustrator & Video-maker

Vidisha and Harsh have worked on a short film or vodcast on human-animal conflict in IISER campus.

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effective commiunication for conflict mitigation

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immersive experiences for science history

Project 2

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They have been mentored by Karthik Chandramouli

(Multimedia journalist and digital content editor at Mongabay-India).


Devika Kizhakoot 

Research, illustrations, Content

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Omkar Golatkar

Research, website design, Content, Animation

Devika and Omkar have developed video-based training material on digital illustrations or Making videos (with 2D and 3D illustrations) based on the latest research from IISER Pune (preferably from Physics and Chemistry).

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multimedia storytelling to simplify the scientific process


Project 4


They are being mentored by Virat Markandeya (Vice President- SJAI, journalism focusing on science, technology and ecosystems)

Ritvee and Prarabdh are working to develop a multimedia project -- a vodcast incorporating high quality illustrations on Zebrafish.

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Ritvee Talele

Scripting, Illustrations, Interviewing


Prarabdh Shivhare

Scripting and Screenplay, Editing, Interviewing

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mixed media communication for Zebrafish Research in India

©2023 IISER Pune with UWE Bristol and Nature India

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