Press Statements

Statement in Support of Gauhar Raza by Scientists & Science Communicators from across the World

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New Delhi (15 March 2016): We, the undersigned, are shocked to learn about the sinister propaganda unleashed by a section of the Indian Media against Gauhar Raza, a well known scientist, poet and film-maker. 
 
We have known Gauhar Raza's work through research papers, presentations in international conferences and books. We value the significant contribution that he has made in the areas of Public Understanding of Science and Science Communication, and are deeply disturbed that Gauhar Raza is being targeted for expressing his views freely.
 
It has been observed that there is an upsurge of anti-science forces in many countries. In the recent past, the Indian sub-continent has witnessed physical attacks on science communicators. We unequivocally oppose the shrill voices of intolerance and urge the governments to take the necessary steps to create an atmosphere for free speech and exchange of ideas.
 
We strongly condemn this attempt to stifle the voice of Gauhar Raza and register our concern about his personal security and the safety of his family members.
 
#StandWithGauharRaza
 
https://www.facebook.com/StandWithGauharRaza-573508492805268/
 
ENDORSED BY:
 
Adam Barclay, Senior Science Communication Professional, Australia
Angus Campbell, Senior Lecturer, Department of Industrial Design, FADA, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Arlene Grossberg, Senior researcher (RIA), HSRC South Africa
Audrey Laurain, En recherche d'emploi dans le développement culturel-chargée de projets, Nancy, Lorraine, France
Audrey Risser, Community Manager, Paris,  France
Bernard Schiele, Professor Faculty of Communication, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada
Bia Vianna Mooney Bia Vianna, PhD candidate in science communication, George Mason West Virginia University, United States
Chris Bradnum, Head of Department, Department of Industrial Design, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Claudie Haignere, Doctor, Politicians and former Astronaut, France
David Maimela, Researcher – MISTRA, South Africa
Dr Carmelo Polino, Centro Redes (Center of Studies for Science, Development and Higher Education), Argentina and Ibero-American States Organization (OEI), Argentina
Dr Donghong CHENG, Vice president of China Association for Science and Technology(CAST), China
Dr Fabienne Crettaz von Roten, Maître d'enseignement et de recherché, Directrice de l'Observatoire Science, Politique, Société (OSPS), Faculté des sciences sociales et politiques , Université de Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland
Dr Hester du Plessis, Mapungubwe Institute of Strategic Reflection, MISTRA, South Africa
Dr Luis Xuan, Researcher, CRISP, China
Dr Marina Joubert, Science Communication Researcher, CREST, South Africa
Dr Petra Pansegrau, Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft, Masterstudiengang "Interdisziplinäre Medienwissenschaft", Universitätsstr. 25,33615 Bielefeld, Germany
Dr YIN LIN, Associate Researcher Fellow in CRISP. China
Enrico M. Balli, CEO,  Sissa Medialab, Trieste, Italy
Erika Amethyst Szymanski, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Fred Balvert , Editor-in-chief, Science Communicator, Erasmus MC, The Netherlands
Ildeu Moreira Ildeu de Castro Moreira. Institute of Physics Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Vice-President of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC), Brazil
Jeffrey Sehume, Senior Researcher, MISTRA, South Africa
Jenni Metcalfe, Director Econnect Communication – ‘Bringing Science to Life’, Brisbane, Australia
Joëlle Le Marec, professeur à l'Université Paris 4 Sorbonne Paris, France
Julie Adam, Project Manager for Science & You, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
KaĆ„ulka Šikulka Katerina Pickova, Chargée de Projet Science &You, University of Lorraine, France
Lauren Chambliss, Communication Director, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY USA
Lin YIN, Associate Research Fellow China Research Institute for Science Popularization (CRISP), China
Liu Xuan Xuan LIU Associate Researcher Fellow China Institute for Science Popularization, China
LuoHui , President, National Academy of Innovation Strategy,, CAST, P.R., China
Maja Horst Professor, Head of Department Maja Horst, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Mark-Susi Varvayanis , Senior Director, Cornell University, USA
Michel CLAESSENS, Communications, ITER Fusion for Energy, Route de Vinon-sur-Verdon, France
Nancy Longnecker Professor of Science Communication, University of Otago, New Zealand
Nicolas Beck, à l'Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
Niels Mejlgaard Centre Director, Niels Mejlgaard, Aarhus University, Denmark
Noor Asmaliza (Liza), Doctoral Candidate, School of Environment, Human Sciences Building, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Osamu Sakura, Professor of STS, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Patrick Baranger, Professeur honoraire à l'Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
Paul Brown - artist and writer specialising in art, science and technology, London
Prof Ahmet Suerdem, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey & Senior Academic Visitor, London School of Economics, London, UK
Prof Andrea Lorenzet, Padova Science Technology and Innovation Studies, Padova, Italy
Prof Brian Trench, President, Public Communication of Science and Technology, PCST Network, Dublin, Ireland
Prof Bruce Lewenstein, Professor of Science Communication,  Chair, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853 USA
Prof Federico Neresini, Dipartimento di Filosofia, Sociologia, Pedagogia e Psicologia Applicata (FISPPA) , Sezione di Sociologia, PADOVA, Italy
Prof Geri Popova, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, UK
Prof Hak-Soo Kim, Affiliation: Sogang University School of Communication, Seoul, Korea. 
Prof Johann Mouton, Director of the Centre for Research and Evaluation, Science and Technology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Prof Kristina Petkova, Associate Professor at the Institute of Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Prof Martin Bauer, Editor Public Understanding of Science, Director MSc Social and Public Communication, London School of Economics (LSE), Department of Social Psychology & Department of Methodology, Houghton Street; London , UK
Prof Michael Gastrow, Education and Skills Development research programme, HSRC, South Africa
Prof Miguel Ángel Quintanilla, Profesor universitario y político español, Filosofía de la Ciencia en la Universidad de Salamanca (España), SPAIN
Prof Peter Weingrat, Professor Emeritus, Director, Centre of Inter-Disciplinary Research, Dielefeld, Germany
Prof Ren Fujun, Chinese Academy of Science and Technology, China
Prof Roberta D’Alessandro, Italiaans| Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands
Prof Steve Miller, Professor of Science Communication / Planetary Science, Department of Science and Technology Studies / Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, London , UK
Prof Tamar Groves, Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain
Prof Yuri Castelfranchi, The Federal University of Minas Gerais, Departamento de Sociologia e Antropologia Department, Brazil
Saahier Parker, Chief Researcher: R&D Survey, Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII), Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa
Sinikiwe Simakani-Masters Student, Stellenbosch University South Africa
Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology, Department of Sociology , University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, United Kingdom 
Tanya Abrahamse, CEO, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Cape Town, South Africa
Temba Masilela, ED, Research use and Impact assessment unit (RIA),  HSRC, South Africa
 Teresa Girão, Science Museum, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Thomas Auf der Heyde, Pretoria,South Africa
Vickie Curtis Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology, University of Glasgow, UK
Vijaya Kumar (Prof), President, National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka
Xuan LIU, Associate Research Fellow China Research Institute for Science Popularization (CRISP), China
Zhang Zhimin, China Research Institute for Science Popularization (CRISP), China
 
 
Who is Gauhar Raza?
 
An electrical engineer (M Tech IIT, Delhi) by qualification, a scientist by designation, a communicator, a poet and filmmaker
 
Professor, AcSIR (Academy of Scientific and Industrial Research)
 
Chief Scientist and Head, Department of Science Communication through Multi-Media (SCM) National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), CSIR, INDIA
 
International Fellow, Mapungubwe Institute of Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), South Africa
 
Member, Science Communication Committee, JHC, University of Lorraine, France
 
Member of International forum, Public Communication of Science and Technology
 
Have served as Member of many national and international committees
 
Member Advisory Committee, MACAS, LSE, UK
 
Editor, Journal of Scientific Temper, NISCAIR
 
 
A Few Notable honours
 
Keynote Speaker, International Conference, MACAS, at Stellenbosch University, 2015
 
Keynote Speaker at the Inaugural session of International Conference on Science Communication, University of Lorraine, France, 2012.
 
Guest of Honour, Poet at Parque Explora, 14th to 18th September 2012, Medellin, Columbia
 
Invited Lecture at Royal Society, London, 2009
 
Represented the country as a poet when India was Guest of Honour at Book Festival, Leipzig, 2006
 
Member, Editorial board, Public Understanding of Science, London
 
Former Member, Editorial board, JCOM (Journal of Science Communication), Italy
 
Directed and Produced 31 documentaries, Anchored 100 episodes of Eureka, A serial on life and work of Indian Scientists on Rajya Sabha TV

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