Pitch 1: Atin Sharma: Science has a communication problem. Let’s do something about it!
Postdoctoral researcher, MIMS, Department of Molecular Ecology
The problem: We live in a world of disinformation. It is no surprise that when scientists are calling apples, the common people are calling oranges. This was particularly obvious during the pandemic. Interestingly, multiple surveys have shown that people overwhelmingly trust science and scientists to do the right thing. However, at the same time, people don’t really understand the scientific reports. Therefore, it is pertinent for us, as scientists, to convey our findings in a jargon-free and people friendly manner, without oversimplifying the message. Unfortunately, many scientists don’t have time for it or are simply not trained to do that.
What Atin is looking for: He has some ideas for improving science communication through easy-to-understand infographics. He is looking for scientists who have a story to tell, creative people who can help him improve on his ideas, and people who may have even better ideas!
Short bio: Atin is a Postdoc in MIMS and a molecular biologist by training. He is passionate about science communication and draws nerdy cartoons for Instagram (@fridgeComics).