School of Life Sciences at IUB Hosts Dr. Nina Martin from Johns Hopkins, USA
The School of Life Sciences at IUB hosted a workshop on science communication for Biochemistry and Microbiology students on 2nd July, 2019. The workshop was conducted by Dr. Nina M. Martin, Program Officer at the Center for Global Health, and Assistant Scientist at the Department of International Health, Division of Health Systems, both at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The workshop focused on the key role of communication in implementing changes and policies based scientific data. The workshop was highly interactive. After first inviting the students to critically evaluate what made a presentation good or bad, Dr. Martin challenged them to solve a science communication problem using a graph that could be easily misread by a non-scientist. She additionally spoke of her own experiences in communicating science through various forms of media such as podcasts, blogs, and community outreach, and highlighted the challenges and the insights she has gained. The key takeaway from the workshop was that science communication has to take place at every stage of scientific research, from identifying key areas where research must be conducted based on community needs to eventually having the public accept solutions offered by scientists based on their data.