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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Sep 24, 2020
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Break the language barrier

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Subash Chapagain
Subash Chapagain Oct 07, 2020
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni3 months ago
I very much agree with you and would love to see language-independent science outreach. I think I can identify why that rarely happens. Learning in your native language and performing professionally are two different things that seldom go together. You may learn in your native language but when it comes to getting a job, you have limited options since most of the jobs require one of the more common languages. For example, we started gathering papers for a systematic meta-analysis a few months back. We had to reject papers that were not in English for the only reason that we could not understand them. I am sure the authors had done a wonderful job with their research, but they published them in a language most others do not understand. Similar to what we did, others, too, might have rejected that paper just because it was not in English. If your work does not reach more people from your professional community, it is hard for you to grow. You might remain local in this global world. There are those who do not want to get global. But for the majority, that is not the case. Even the governments, then, enforce education in English. In India, schools teach science and maths in the native languages, but few universities provide that option. Most students who studied science in schools in the native language then shift to English in their under-grad years.
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Subash Chapagain
Subash Chapagain3 months ago
This could be a new suggestion for the academia session as well. One of the reasons for lack of contextualization of science is the language barrier.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 months ago
My native language has only 2 million speakers. I find it sad that my kids don't yet understand English well enough to be able to learn from shows like SciShow kids https://www.youtube.com/user/scishowkids. Instead, we make use of what we have available in our tiny language. They love a 30-year-old show from my childhood https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKA5gFYiX2BUjoWyvmeWXGHA2N-QjMDyi that got translated into Slovenian. My son knows every episode by heart and teaches his younger sister how the immune system works - or rather was known to work, 30 years ago:)

Parents don't know what children could be pointed toward

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 09, 2020

by giving science the tools

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Martina Pesce
Martina Pesce Oct 22, 2020

Combining science with art

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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Oct 01, 2020

Videographers, pick your favorite scientist and make them a star

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 05, 2020

Prospect of an exciting future

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Nov 22, 2020

Feed the curiosity of the kids

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Subash Chapagain
Subash Chapagain Sep 24, 2020

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