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India Science 2021 Witnessed


Meet our Speakers!

Shantanu Abhyankar

Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Varun Aggarwal

Founder, India Science Fest, Co-Founder at Aspiring Minds

Awais Ahmed

Founder and CEO, Pixxel

Philip Altbach

Founding Director & Research Professor, Center for International Higher Education

Daniel Angerhausen

Astrophysicist and Astrobiologist at ETH Zurich, Explainables CEO & NASA FDL mentor

Dimitra Atri

Research Scientist, NYUAD Center for Space Science

Satchit Balsari

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Philip Altbach

Founder, SEARCH

Andreas Bergsland

Associate Professor, Music Technology Program at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Bidushi Bhattacharya

Former NASA scientist, Founder and CEO, Astropreneurs HUB

Ansley Booker

Director, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, Mercer University

Rodney Brooks

CTO and Founder, Robust.AI; Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus), MIT

Vijay Chandru

Co-founder and Director at Strand Life Sciences, Pioneer at AI Foundry.ai

Girish Chowdhary

Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Rumi Chunara

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and Global Public Health, NYU

Peter Corke

Professor of Robotic Vision at Queensland University of Technology, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision

Emily Cross

Professor of Social Robotics (University of Glasgow) and Human Neuroscience (Macquarie University)

Bitasta Das

Senior Editor- Office of Communications and Humanities Instructor, IISc, Bangalore

Abhijit De

Head, Molecular Functional Imaging Laboratory, ACTREC, Tata Memorial Centre

Pawan Deshpande

Head of ModelOps, Domino Data Lab

Siraj Dhanani

Founder and CEO at InnAccel

Anthony England

Former NASA Astronaut, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Rupamanjari Ghosh

Vice-Chancellor of Shiv Nadar University

Jyoti Gupta

Founder, The Colo(u)rism Project, Author – Different Differenter

Sunetra Gupta

Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology, Oxford University

Vineet Gupta

Co-Founder & MD, Jamboree Education; Founder and Trustee, Ashoka University; Founder and Trustee, Plaksha University

Sourabh Gupta

Founder and CEO, Vernacular.ai

Ramesh Hariharan

Co-Founder and CEO at Strand Life Sciences

Shantala Hegde

Associate Professor, Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience Center, NIMHANS

Sarah Iqbal

Lead, Communications and Public Engagement, DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance

Betul Kacar

Assistant Professor of Astrobiology, University of Arizona

Robert Kanigel

Biographer and science writer

Srimathy Kesan

Founder and CEO, SpaceKidz India

Neha Kirpal

Co-Founder of InnerHour, a mental health platform, and Mental Health Ambassador

Ajit Kulkarni

Director of Homoeopathic Research Institute, Satara & Pune

Vidur Mahajan

Head of Research at CARING, Associate Director at Mahajan Imaging

Deepa Malik

President of Paralympic Committee of India, Paralympic Olympics Medalist

Geetha Manjunath

Founder, CEO and CTO, NIRAMAI

Lavanya Marla

Assistant Professor, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mark McCaughrean

Senior Advisor for Science & Exploration, European Space Agency

Trent McConaghy

Founder, Ocean Protocol

Pulok Kumar Mukherjee

Director, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development

Rishabh Nakra

Admin and Founder, The Secrets Of The Universe

Priyamvada Natarajan

Professor of Astronomy and Physics,
Yale University

Iruka Okeke

Professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Ken Ono

Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics at the University of Virginia

Una-May O’Reilly

Leader, AnyScale Learning for All,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sleeba Paul

Creator, Auria Kathi; Machine Learning Engineer at Perleybrook Labs LLC

Dan Peer

Director, Laboratory of Precision NanoMedicine, Tel Aviv University

Janhavi Phalkey

Founding Director, Science Gallery Bengaluru, PhD, History of Science and Technology

Nick Pope

UK Ministry of Defence UFO Investigator (Retired)

Prabhu Rajagopal

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, IIT Madras Rajagopal

Ritu Raman

Postdoctoral Fellow, Langer Lab, MIT

Sunder Ramaswamy

Vice Chancellor, Krea University

P. Rammanohar

Research Director, Amrita School of Ayurveda

K. Srinath Reddy

President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

Josef Reinke

Director, Club for the Future

Sandeep Sancheti

Vice Chancellor, SRM Institute of Science and Technology

Sanjay Sarma

Vice President, Open Learning and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Shekhar Saxena

Co-founder of Librum, a mental health consultancy, and Professor of Global Mental Health, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health

Sebastian Scherer

Associate Research Professor, The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Anita Sengupta

Research Associate Professor, Astronautics and Space Technology, USC Viterbi College of Engineering, Former Engineer, JPL, NASA

Amitabh Shrivastava

Managing Partner at July Ventures LLP

Satendra Singh

Associate Professor of Physiology, Co-founder of Health Humanities Group at University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi

Vandana Singh

Sci-Fi author, Professor, Department of Physics & Earth Science, Framingham University

Ravdeep Singh Anand

Founder and President, Dystrophy Annihilation Research Trust [DART]

Sujatha Srinivasan

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Head, TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2), IIT Madras

Venkat Srinivasan

Archivist, Archives at NCBS

Frank J. Tipler

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, Tulane University

Lav R. Varshney

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Usha Venkatraman

Storyteller, Founder and Curator of SCIFARI – Exploring Science Through Stories

Venkat Srinivasan

Premnath Venugopalan
Head, NCL Innovations; Head, IP Group; Scientist, NCL; Director, Venture Center

Vinod Vidwans

Professor & ex-Chair, School of Fine & Performing Arts, FLAME University

Erika Wagner

Payload Sales Director, Blue Origin

Robert Van Zyl

Director, Africa Space Innovation Centre, French South African Institute of Technology

Competition Winners


Arjun Kamdar

Jayshree Mazumder


Manu Priyadarshi

Melissa Maize

Kuljeet Kaur