SciRio — Broadcasting Knowledge is a digital science media enterprise that is building an ecosystem for growing science communicators to upskill and develop their portfolio.
We also provide communication and outreach services to science-based startups, companies, and organisations that will augment their reach to their customers and/or target audience.
For Students and Researchers in the Sciences
For science students and researchers who are enthusiastic to communicating science, SciRio is the first and only platform that provides the complete ecosystem to upskill, find existing resources and opportunities, and the right network, all in one place. The SciComm Hub is a platform where they can build their portfolio by communicating science to people beyond academia in simple and creative ways.
The SciComm Hub platform is format-agnostic. We explore verticals such as illustrations, art, story-telling, videos, podcasts, etc. along with writing as forms of communicating science. We encourage science communicators to explore different ways and formats of communicating science to the general public. To people with little or no background in science and bring relevance to the scientific thought process in people’s everyday lives.
For Science-based Startups and Organisations
For science-based startups, companies and organisations, we provide services such as science engagement and outreach, content management, web designing and social media management. We bring the best of two worlds — digital media services with expertise in the sciences. We help you present your work and services in a scientifically sound manner while increasing your outreach manifold.
As a scholar of science, I always understood that science belongs to everyone and that it should not be confined within the walls of laboratories. After a few years in scientific research, I delved into communicating science to people beyond academia and founded SciRio with a vision that science communication is a collaborative effort and to execute it effectively, we need an independent free-willed platform. I envision to democratise the field of science communication in India. To be able to inspire students and researchers in the sciences to go out and talk science beyond their professional circles and support them in honing their science communicating skills.
Leeba Ann Chacko
I am a Junior Research Fellow with Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan at the Center for BioSystems Science and Engineering (BSSE), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru. Here, I mostly spend my time peering into the insides of tiny fungi. When I’m not working in the lab, I write science articles on topics ranging from mitochondrial inheritance during reproduction to alternatives to single-use plastics in labs. I also love painting and sometimes use art to express my understanding of science.
I began communicating science when my father said he couldn’t understand one of my journal articles. Thus, in order to help him, I decided to simplify my research using illustrations, 2D animations and writing. I believe it is important to bridge the gap between researchers and non-experts to enable fruitful scientific discussions and to empower people to be able to differentiate fact from fiction (particularly in this era of misinformation). When I am not conducting research or communicating science, I play guitar riffs to my houseplants.
Hansika has been a freelance writer and budding communicator since 2019. She hopes to make discussing science routine for people across India.
Trained in biology and adept at sarcasm, she wants to change the world, one word at a time.