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India Science Fest is India’s largest public celebration of science and technology.We strongly feel that India needs to step up its S&T and innovation agenda, in order to keep up its economic progress and social development. The gap between science and society needs to be bridged immediately. ISF endeavors to serve as platform for deeper engagement between scientists, researchers, professionals, entrepreneurs and students. We wish to have the public involved in the latest in science and get all actors in the ecosystem to discuss, collaborate and progress together.

ISF 2020 was held in January 2020 at IISER Pune. The event saw several science talks with focus groups, roundtables around science policy, workshops, exhibits and was a beautiful culmination of science with art, music, food, dance and drama.The event was a resounding success with 40+ speakers and 13,000+ participants. It was rated 8 and above out of 10, by 74% of the audience and participants. 43% of the audience had met scientists for the very first time in their lives, and 82% of our speakers rate ISF’s impact on society 4 and above, out of 5.

Even in times of uncertainty with the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, we would like to emphasize that our vision of recognizing and celebrating the wonders of science and technology will not be hindered. To ensure continuity, we will be holding the second edition of the festival as the India Science Month Online (ISMO) in January 2021. We will make sure that our audiences are able to enjoy the festival in the comfort of their own homes.
Concept
Varun Aggarwal

India Science Fest is Varun’s brainchild. It was first mentioned by him in his new year blog in January 2019. It builds on Aspiring Minds’ outreach activites in ml-india.org and datasciencekids.org
PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Priyamvada Natarajan
Professor of Astronomy and Physics,
Yale University
Venkatesh N. Murthy
Raymond Leo Erikson Life Sciences Professor and
Chair of Molecular & Cellular Biology,
Harvard University
Sanjay Sarma
Vice President, Open Learning and Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nisheeth Vishnoi
Professor of Computer Science,
Yale University
Varun Aggarwal
Co-founder and CTO,
Aspiring Minds