Bringing science to people at the German Embassy

German Embassy New Delhi in collaboration with the German House for Innovation and Research (DWIH) organised an Indo-German Symposium on Science Communication under the title ‘Bringing Science to people’ on 7th November.
Dr. Jasper Wieck, Deputy Chief of Mission, gave the opening address at the symposium where he underlined the importance of the Indo-German cooperation in the field of science and technology: “There are more than 400 partnerships between Indian and German universities. The number of Indian students enrolled at German universities currently stands at 15,500 and has doubled over the past four years. For joint research projects, there is a variety of funding schemes available, which hopefully will lead to a further intensification of our scientific relations in the near future.”
The keynote presentation was by Prof. Carsten Könneker on the topic ‘Science communication in the digital age’. A lively panel discussion was held between four experts on science communication – two from India, Dr. R. Ramachandran and Dr. Radhika Mittal, and two from Germany, Dr. Annett Richter and Alexander Waschkau, – who presented and discussed best practice examples of science communication and explored the secrets of successful science communication. The discussion was moderated by Heike Mock, Director of DWIH and DAAD.
A very interactive and lively Q&A session with students, scientists and practitioners from India and Germany, who came to explore the possibilities of science communication, underlined the broad interest for the topic. Questions like ‘What makes good science communication?’ ‘Why is it important?’ ‘And how is it done?’ were addressed at the symposium.
The second part of the symposium took place at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Mohali, on 8th November, where Mr Stephan Lanzinger, Head of the Science and Technology Section, German Embassy New Delhi, gave the welcome address. The same panelists from Germany along with three different experts from India – Prof. Arvind (IISER Mohali), Anuj Sinha (Chairman, Network for Organisations Science and Technology Communication) and Prof. Sudhir Kumar (Panjab University) held a lively panel discussion, which was welcomed with an interactive Q&A session with students and scientists.

Bringing science to people at the German Embassy

Dr. Jasper Wieck and Prof. Carsten Könneker