Established in 2016, this innovative fellowship supports a science writer who works closely with the IIASA Communications Department and the Young Scientists Summer Program. The complex systems science at IIASA is hard to communicate, but wider understanding is crucial. The Science Communication Fellowship has triple beneficiaries: the Fellow, the YSSPers, and the IIASA message.
By Parul Tewari, IIASA Science Communication Fellow 2017 and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi:
When I applied for the Science Communication Fellowship at IIASA, I was excited at the prospect of working at an international institute and the exposure it would give me to breakthrough research.
That it would be one of the best summers of my life is something I had never imagined. I am glad that scientific institutes such as IIASA recognize the importance and need for science communication, particularly because a lot of good research fails to create an impact, as it often remains unused to solve real world problems.
By Anneke Brand, IIASA Science Communication Fellow 2016 and postdoctoral fellow at Stellenbosch University in South Africa:
It is almost impossible to put into words what my time at IIASA meant to me. Coming from a scientific background, I was familiar with working with formal academic texts, but during my internship I learned how to communicate complex scientific concepts to a general audience — which requires a totally different set of skills. Under the expert guidance of the IIASA Communications Department, I acquired and developed the necessary skills to do this, within their working environment. I was also honored to have my work published on Nexus (the IIASA blog) and in the Options magazine.
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