Communicating Science to the Public

Opportunities and Challenges for the Asia-Pacific Region

  • Leo Tan Wee Hin
  • R. Subramaniam

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Schools

  3. Science Centers

  4. Universities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Leo Tan Wee Hin, Ramanathan Subramaniam
      Pages 183-194
    3. Shirley S. L. Lim, Horn-Mun Cheah, T. S. Andy Hor
      Pages 195-211
    4. Leo Tan Wee Hin, Ramanathan Subramaniam
      Pages 213-222
  5. General Communication Initiatives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Karen Bultitude
      Pages 225-245
    3. Oum Prakash Sharma
      Pages 247-260

About this book


This book explores effective approaches for communicating science to the public in developing countries. Offering multiple perspectives on this important topic, it features 17 chapters that represent the efforts of 23 authors from eight countries: Australia, Bangladesh, India, Ireland, New Zealand, USA, Singapore and South Africa. 
Inside, readers will find a diversity of approaches to communicate science to the public. The book also  highlights some of the challenges that science communicators, science policy makers, science teachers, university academics in the sciences and even entrepreneurs may face in their attempts to boost science literacy levels in their countries. In addition, it shares several best practices from the developed world that may help readers create communication initiatives that can lead to increased engagement with science in communities in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.
Given the pervasive influence of science and technology in today’s society, their impact will only increase in the years to come as the world becomes more globalized and the economies of countries become more inter-linked. This book will be a useful source of reference for developing countries looking to tap into the potential of science for nation building and effectively engage their communities to better understand science and technology.

Supported by the Pacific Science Association, Hawaii.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Leo Tan Wee Hin
    • 1
  • R. Subramaniam
    • 2
  1. 1.Singapore National Academy of Science and National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Singapore National Academy of Science and Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-9096-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-9097-0
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