Researchers hone their skills in science communication

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Participants role-playing to communicate their research to a layperson.

PETALING JAYA: There is a strong need for scientists and technopreneurs to effectively communicate their scientific and technological ideas to non-technical stakeholders.

This was the key takeaway message at a two-day training workshop themed: “Communicating Technology for Technopreneurs”.

The workshop was jointly organised by the Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (Mabic) and University Malaya Xcelerate Programme (UMX) on May 11 and 12 at the Innovation Incubator Complex, University of Malaya.

UMX is University of Malaya’s Centre of Innovation and Commercialisation business support programme.

The content of the workshop which was developed by Mabic is the first home-grown module for science communication. It is tailored to meet the specific needs of scientists and technopreneurs.

Mabic Executive Director Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan said it is important to have local experts as resource persons as they would know local priorities, concerns, cultures and sensitivities better than foreign experts.