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The project was deliberately designed to be participatory, collaborative and experimental.


Throughout the project we have developed strong working relationships between IISER, UWE, Nature Springer, SJAI and ABSW. This has ensured both the strategic input from our industry partners, but also enabled the team to develop rich resources that will support our curriculum needs.

The methodology for the project has been collaborative not only conceptually, but physically as well with multiple movements and exchanges. Each movement of core project team and collaborators has stirred institutional and contextual landscapes creating a dynamic ecosystemic for the dialogues on science communication.  

The learnings have been cross-border, cross-context and experiential for everyone involved, trying to tap into as many lived nuances as possible. The Institutes IISER Pune and UWE Bristol, and project partners in both countries have hosted dialogues with the science writers and journalist communities stirring thoughts, ideas, synergies and partnerships for Exploring SciComm.


Nature India and SJAI members mentored India student fellows directly, upskilling them in critical and creative skills. The Science for Environment Policy team mentored UK student, developing science writing skills. Nature India, SJAI and ABSW also participated in workshops and in podcast production which built learning resources and material for the scicomm courses at IISER and UWE.


Industry experts participated in podcasts, sharing practical experience in a range of areas, from fact checking, through to on the ground ‘fixing’ for documentary production. These practical insights could not easily be brought into academic curricula through any other means.

Similarly, the SJAI, is a young and evolving network, and by collaborating on this project it is expected that the epistemology, workforce and industry practices will shape and be shaped by DEI and value-centric science communication practices.

This project is experimental in nature and will inform our future approach towards developing science communication training. It has already made us think differently about the way we teach, particularly how we can creatively use podcasts in teaching and learning.


Through the roundtables both with journalists and students, we also recognised the need to have specific interventions that go beyond symbolic gestures. Further, the way we have worked on this project, both collaboratively with industry and individual journalists, and across HEIs internationally, has enabled us to develop our ideas about science communication pedagogy that builds on both research and industry experience.


The project has also pushed us to extend areas of research and teaching practice, the benefits of which are likely to emerge in the coming years. 


January 2024, UK

19-21 January 2024, 

UWE Bristol 


Shalini Sharma at UWE Bristol exchanging notes on multimedia work around Risk Communications and cascading disasters. The highlight was the Q&A session with students especially inquries around research leading to teaching & public engagement, and affect/ emotions in Scicomm.

Vivek Kannadi gave a talk on IISER Pune's Science Media Centre and the Exploring SciComm project to the students.


November 2023, UK

24-25 November 2023, 

SJAI Conference, New Delhi

The Science Journalists Association of India (SJAI) hosted its   inaugural conference in 2023, bringing together science journalists, communicators, scientists, technologists and policymakers with a shared purpose: To shape the future of science journalism in India.

For the Exploring SciComm project India team, this was an exciting space to exchange ideas and forge partnerships.

October 2023, UK


10 October 2023, 

The Royal Society, London

Early career science writer training organised by The Royal Soceity and ABSW (Association of British Science Writers), hosted by Emma Weitkamp and Andy Ridgeway. Shalini Sharma joined in online to share insights from the India Workshops.

18 September 2023, 

inBritish event, New Delhi

Project Assiciate Anisha Karnail at the inBritish Impact & Networking event in Delhi on 18th March 2023 alongside other project awardees. 

L-R: Alison Barrett, Director inBritish; Dr Rahee Walambe from Symbiosis; Prof. Gauri Chakraborty from Bennett University.

September 2023, INDIA

7-9 September 2023, 


The second routable discussion was held with various science journalists practicing across different media- from authors of books, to podcast hosts, to newspaper journalists. 

The Workshop on role and identity was led by Andy Ridgeway, followed by Shalini Sharma hosting the workshop on DEI in Science Journalism and with Sahana Ghosh leading the session on Sustainability and skills. The workshops were followed by a reflection on practice session by all the invited journalists.


Read more about the session insights here.

Andy Ridgeway gave a thought-provoking talk on science, trust and social change looking at influences and implications on interactions about food on social media. 

5 September 2023, 


May 2023, INDIA

27 May 2023, 


1st Roundtable

The first roundtable discussion had science journalists joining online and in-person at the institute. The discussion was opened by Dr Santhanam, Professor and Dean (International Relations and Outreach). 

Karthik Chandramouli hosted the session on digital skills. This was followed by the session on SGDs in journalism hosted bu Sahana Ghosh from Nature India, with the final session on DEI in Science Communication hosted by Emma Weitkamp and Shalini Sharma.


Read more about the session insights here.

25 May 2023, 


During her first visit to IISER Pune, Emma Weitkamp gave a very insightful talk on the politics of cartoons in Covid era. 

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