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Seventh Science communication congress on 'Technology Communication ' in India

New Delhi is hosting the said congress the seventh in succession and I trust this may genuinely interest many of you interested especially in technology communication. Please mind it is not on communication technology but the other way round ! What is your say?Please read out the details which is as follows before jumping to any conclusions.And yes, wont you like to attend this innovative event yourself ?


National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC/DST)


Indian Science Communication Society (ISCOS)


Indian Science Writers’ Association (ISWA)


Announce



7th National Science Communication Congress (NSCC-2007)


Technology Communication and Development


December 05-09, 2007


Conference Hall, Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110002, India


Communication of fire churning technology was an early example of technology communication for human civilisation. Technology is the practical and applicable part of science. It therefore derives that science has cognitive dimensions and technology has applied dimensions. It provides a way to human mind to shape the abstract and complex reasoning and concept into existence. While analysing civilisations and societies and their advancement, there emerge certain qualities or traits that a society can be said to have acquired over the period of its existence. These qualities certainly can be said to having a role in the continuous shaping and development. In fact there is a whole range of these attributes, which help apparent and obvious character, and performance of this human collective. These can be cited as the general spirit of adventure, enterprising nature, inquisitiveness, rationality, reasoning, innovativeness, skill temperament, etc. Technological temper is yet another aspect of these societal attributes. It imparts to the society qualities associated with the conduct and appreciation of technology and related areas and their amalgamation into the social behaviour. Technology communication is conceptually anticipated as the activity that enhances this trait in the society. It is also associated with technology orientation, technology generation and propagation and with the basic quality of converting concepts into technology. This also means the characteristic of identifying necessity and the ability to experiment, refinement and fine-tuning a process, product or service. A notable feature of technology and technology communication is that it is indeed a great leveller of gaps created on the fronts of literacy. Does it mean that technological concepts and traits can be communicated irrespective of literacy and education of the target recipient? Technology is the science that is associated with the practical dimensions. Technological temper can make a huge difference in today’s world, where scientific knowledge is aplenty. One, who translates scientific concepts into technological applications, is able to create huge difference in social echelons. This leads to innovativeness in the society. It is one of the essential ingredients for prosperity of nations. Besides the obvious impact such as skill enhancement and developing an eye and habit for application to achieve excellence in each and every walk of life, the first thing likely to emerge is technological temper in the society. Technological temper leads to creating a technological friendliness amongst the population. The cause and effect vis-à-vis technological temper and technology communication shall be one such area needing probing at this forum. It will be interesting to share and discuss the efforts and developments towards technology communication and technological temper in the history of mankind. These and several other issues are intended to be debated during various sessions. It is found necessary that various sub genres under the creative forms be discussed threadbare vis-à-vis technology communication. There may also be some not yet identified trends in these issues and it may also be given space during the course of discussion. There are several linkages, interrelations and concerns related to these. A session is also devised to chalk out the steps to be followed so that the genre finds the appropriate trigger to shape out the future course towards achieving the aims of technology communication. The NSCC-2007 shall be delving deep into various aspects of the focal theme. It offers a forum for formal and informal interaction between researchers and practitioners of science, technology and communication as well as between young and experienced S&T communicators.


Objectives :


i. To encourage discussion and interaction on issues and aspects concerning S&T communication.

ii. To bring science communicators, scientists, technologists, journalists, academicians and other interested people together for common cause of development of S&T communication.

iii. To offer budding S&T communicators a wider exposure and enable them to express their views/ ideas

iv. To address various issues vital to promotion of science and technology communication.

v. To explore and share newer tools, ways, means for better target specific S&T communication.

vi. To provide a forum for young and experienced researchers and practitioners of S&T communication to discuss their views/ findings in order to accelerate the pace of science and technology communication.


Technical Sessions/ Sub Themes : There will be 5 technical sessions on the following sub themes:


i. Understanding Technology Communication: The session introduces, defines, explores various

concepts; determines various facets, aspects; genres and sub-genres of technology communication.


ii. Best Practices in Technology Communication: The session discovers role of technology institutions,

scientists, technologists, media units, exhibitions, press releases with case studies and success stories.

iii. Technological Temper and Development: The session defines and examines role of technological

temper in day-to-day life and policies to facilitate equitable socio-economic development.


iv. Reporting Technological Developments in Mass Media: The session deals with issues of

reporting and enhancing coverage of indigenous developments, media interaction, effective methodologies and media practices and defining role of mass media in technology communication.

v. Developing Spirit of Innovativeness: The session explores the ways and means of developing

spirit of innovativeness through technology communication.



NSCC Format : The technical sessions will have presentation of contributory research papers, review papers, survey analyses, case studies, and invited talks. Discussions in split groups would offer close exchange of thoughts and ideas. Deliberations will be in English and Hindi. A sub theme cannot be the title of a paper/ presentation; select a narrower topic under a sub theme. Papers may be prepared in standard research paper format, i.e. title of the paper, name(s) and address of author(s), abstract, key words, introduction, objectives, methodology, observations, discussion/ analysis, inferences/ conclusions/ recommendations, and references, along with illustrations/ graphics/ photos including captions. In addition to technical sessions and split groups, there would be two workshops and a roundtable. One workshop would be devoted to young researchers/ students for encouraging interaction between them and S&T communication experts; whereas the other would highlight the global perspectives in S&T Communication. The roundtable would be for open-ended discussion on technology communication.


Who can participate : The NSCC is of interest to researchers and practitioners of S&T communication, i.e. scientists, technologists, writers, journalists, editors, researchers and faculty members of journalism, public relations and information officers of scientific organizations, representatives of media organizations, newspapers, magazines, science cells of radio/ TV channels, etc., and science activists from voluntary organizations.


Travel Fellowship : There is some provision of travel support for selected/ invited delegates from India. International delegates will make their own travel arrangements; the organizers could offer free stay and meals. Best paper/ presentation awards would be given in junior and senior categories based on independent evaluation.


Registration/ Submission of Paper/ Abstract : Deadline November 26, 2007. No registration fee. Only selected applicants would be invited for presentation. Selected papers would be published in forthcoming issue(s) of Indian Journal of Science Communication <www.iscos.org>


Exhibition of Popular S&T Publications and Information Products : The exhibition is being organized at the venue; please bring/ send your publications, articles, books, magazines, Cds, kits and software materials for display.


Weather : Temperature in Delhi would be around 10-20 Degree Celsius. Sufficient woolens are recommended.



Addresses for Communication :



Mr. L.D. Kala


Secretariat, NSCC-2007


P.O. Box No. 4627, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India


Phone: +91-11-26863811; +91- 9313899865 (M); Email : ldkala@yahoo.com; polestar2k@yahoo.com


Website : www.iscos.org; www.iswaindia.com



Dr. Manoj Patairiya


Convener, NSCC-2007


National Council for Science & Technology Communication, Dept. of Science & Technology


Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi – 110016 (India)


Phone : +91-11-26537976, 26590238 ; Fax : 26866675


Email : mkp@nic.in; manojpatairiya@yahoo.com; Website : www.vichar.nic.in; www.dst.gov.in


7th National Science Communication Congress (NSCC-2007)


Technology Communication and Development


December 05-09, 2007


Conference Hall, Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110002, India


PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME *


DECEMBER 05


02:30 – 06:00 PM ARRIVAL OF DELEGATES/ REGISTRATION/ TEA/ COFFEE


07:00 – 10:00 PM RECEPTION/ EVENING TALK/ NETWORKING/ DINNER



DECEMBER 06


09:00 - 10:00 AM INTERACTION/ TEA/ COFFEE



10:00 - 11:30 AM INAUGURAL FUNCTION


11:30 - 12:00 NOON TEA/ COFFEE



TECHNICAL SESSION I


12:00 - 01:30 PM UNDERSTANDING TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATION


01:30 - 02:30 PM LUNCH



TECHNICAL SESSION II


02:30 - 04:00 PM BEST PRACTICES IN TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATION


04:00 –04:30 PM TEA/ COFFEE



TECHNICAL SESSION III


04:30 – 06:00 PM TECHNOLOGICAL TEMPER AND DEVELOPMENT



06:00 - 06:30 PM TEA/ COFFEE



07:00 - 10:00 PM EVENING TALK/ CULTURAL PROGRAMME/ DINNER



DCEMBER 07


09:00 - 10:00 AM POSTER SESSION I



TECHNICAL SESSION IV


10:00 – 11:30 AM REPORTING TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN MASS MEDIA


11:30 – 12:00 NOON TEA/ COFFEE



TECHNICAL SESSION V


12:00 – 01.30 PM DEVELOPING SPIRIT OF INNOVATIVENESS


01:30 – 02.30 PM LUNCH



02:30 – 04:00 PM DISCUSSION IN SPLIT GROUPS


04:00 – 04:30 PM TEA/ COFFEE/ END OF PROGRAMME



04:30 – 06:00 PM WORKSHOP ON GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN S&T COMMUNICATION


06:00 - 06:30 PM TEA/ COFFEE


07:00 - 10:00 PM EVENING TALK/ CONFERENCE DINNER



DECEMBER 08


WORKSHOP ON TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATION


FOR YOUNG RESEARCHERS/ STUDENTS



09:00 - 10:00 AM POSTER SESSION II



10:00 - 11:30 AM OPENING/ CONCEPT


11:30 - 12:00 NOON TEA/ COFFEE



12:00 - 01:30 PM PRESENTATIONS BY YOUNG RESEARCHERS


01:30 - 02:30 PM LUNCH



02:30 - 03:30 PM ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION/ CONCLUSIONS/ RESOLUTIONS


03:30 –05:00 PM VALEDICTORY FUNCTION


05:00-05:30 PM TEA/ COFFEE



05:30 – 06:30 PM AGM ISWA


07:00 - 10:00 PM EVENING TALK/ NETWORKING/ DINNER


DCEMBER 09


FIELD VISIT/ END OF PROGRAMME


*Minute-to-minute programme for inaugural and valedictory functions as well as technical sessions/ workshops to be given with conference kit.


National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC/DST)


Indian Science Communication Society (ISCOS)


Indian Science Writers’ Association (ISWA)


7th National Science Communication Congress (NSCC-2007)


Technology Communication and Development


December 05-09, 2007


Conference Hall, Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110002, India


Registration Form


1. Name of the Delegate :


2. Postal Address :




3. Contacts


Phone :


Fax :


Mobile :


E-mail/ Website :



4. Abstract/ Paper/ Poster


Title of Paper/ Presentation/ poster :


Session/ Sub Theme :


Requirements for Presentation, if any :



5. Travel


Travel Support : Required/ Not Required


Arrival Date :


Arrival Time :


Arrival Train/ Flight No. :


Departure Date :


Departure Time :


Departure Train/ Flight No. :



6. Accommodation : Required/ Not Required


7. Space for Display in Exhibition : Required/ Not Required



8. Any Other Information :


Date Signature


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· Please send the filled in Registration Form along with Biodata and Abstract/ Paper to :


Mr. L.D. Kala


Secretariat, NSCC-2007


P.O. Box No. 4627, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India


Phone: +91-11-26863811; +91- 9313899865 (M); Email : ldkala@yahoo.com; polestar2k@yahoo.com


Website : www.iscos.org; www.iswaindia.com


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