During the 20th & 21st Century, the citizens of every
country are progressively dependent on complex technologies. Computers, transportation and
telecommunication are just a few, well-known examples of their heavy impact on our daily lives.
Nevertheless, there is a general feeling that the level of scientific literacy has not followed
suit. Although, at present, the society may fare marginally better in terms of cognitive knowledge,
yet, there is a widespread attitude of indifference or even outright distrust in science within
wide parts of the population. The growing gap between the progress of basic science and technology
and the lack of public understanding of these subjects - often referred to as the 'deficit model'
- presently gives rise to considerable concern among policymakers, educators and organizations
involved in this important aspect of communication. Public communication of astronomy, space and
earth sciences can play an important role in the ever-increasing effort to enhance public awareness
of science. To achieve success, however, it is necessary to define clear communication goals,
identify the target constituencies and select the appropriate means of communication. The activities
are not restricted to day-to-day communication, but should include or incorporate dedicated
educational programmes with long-term effects. A better understanding of natural scientific
concepts and related applied technologies will provide a better platform for the general populations
to take part more positively in the developmental processes of a country and the society. Though
the policy makes have realized the tremendous potential and scope of public outreach programmes,
yet, not many organizations are focused on a systematic capacity building exercise to initiate
and sustain such activities. IASES wants to evolve as a major centre for research & activities
in these areas.
Astronomy popularization programme and workshops in schools.
Mr. Biswajit Bose(Coordinator)
Dr. Ankan Das
Dr. Dipak Debnath
Dr. Ritabrata Sarkar
Dr. Sudipta Sasmal