Conference calls for collaboration between decision-makers and people
`Research should guide policy based on the assessment of community needs and aspirations' `Scientists all over the world face the challenge of applying their findings for the benefit of society'
MANGALORE: A two-day conference on "Integrating research with social agenda: an action plan for sustainable coastal development in Karnataka" began here on Friday with a call to share the fruits of research with the community.
The conference is being organised by the Association of British Scholars and the Urban Research Centre, Mangalore.
Senior media educator and communication specialist Leela Rao said the social agenda must facilitate collaboration between people and decision-makers. Social development programmes must be designed based on local knowledge and resources of the community. Research should guide policy based on the assessment of community needs and aspirations.
However, there are some barriers that keep the benefits of research away from the community for whom the benefits are intended.
With this objective, the language used in research should be comprehensible to people, she said.
Inaugurating the conference, the Director of the British Council, South, Eunice Crook, said networking has become important in the global campaign to protect the coastal system. Scientists all over the world face the challenge of applying their findings for the benefit of society. Fisheries College Dean Keshavnath presided.
Two young people, Ankita Vasvani and Sachith, who won the national-level debate competition organised by the Association of British Scholars, were felicitated by Ms. Crook.