Discussion Meeting
ICTS at Ten
Celebrating the Unity of Science
Rajesh Gopakumar (ICTS-TIFR, India) and Spenta R. Wadia (ICTS-TIFR, India)
04 January 2018 to 06 January 2018
International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru
icts-ten  ictsresin

Participation is by invitation only

All sessions will be live streamed

This is the tenth year of ICTS-TIFR since it came into existence on 2nd August 2007. ICTS has now grown to have more than fifteen faculty in a number of areas in the theoretical sciences. Over 150 programs and discussion meetings have been held. The ICTS at Ten event is an opportunity to reflect on the journey thus far, and to go ahead with renewed energy into our second decade, through a small celebratory scientific gathering.

There will be broad perspective talks (of 30 minutes each) across several different themes in the theoretical sciences:

  1. Astrophysics and Cosmology
  2. String theory and Quantum Gravity
  3. Mathematics
  4. Theoretical Computer Science
  5. Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics
  6. Physical Biology

These reflect ICTS' present profile as well as the directions we would like to grow into in the coming years. The talks, by a galaxy of distinguished researchers, will give a broad perspective on some exciting frontier questions in these areas. 


Public Lecture


7 Jan 2018


Christ University, Bengaluru


by Robbert Dijkgraaf, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton on "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge" followed by a panel discussion. The panelists are:

  • Manjul Bhargava
  • Jennifer Chayes
  • Robbert Dijkgraaf
  • David Gross
  • Narayana Murthy
  • K. VijayRaghavan


  • P. Ajith
  • Nima Arkani-Hamed
    IAS, Princeton
  • Sanjeev Arora
    Princeton University
  • Leon Balents
    KITP, Santa Barbara
  • Manjul Bhargava
    Princeton University
  • William Bialek
    Princeton University
  • Roger Blandford
    Stanford University
  • Sourav Chatterjee
    Stanford University
  • Jennifer Chayes
    Microsoft Research
  • Sankar Das Sarma 
    University of Maryland


  • Abhishek Dhar
  • Surya Ganguli
    Stanford University
  • Rama Govindarajan
  • David Gross
    KITP, Santa Barbara
  • Jonathon Howard
    Yale University
  • Shri Kulkarni
  • Joel Moore
    UC Berkeley
  • Mahan Mj
    TIFR, Mumbai
  • Ramesh Narayan 
    Harvard University
  • Christos Papadimitriou
    Columbia University


  • David Reitze
  • Suvrat Raju 
  • Sriram Ramaswamy
    IISc, Bengaluru
  • Nathan Seiberg
    IAS, Princeton
  • Ashoke Sen 
    HRI, Allahabad
  • Madhu Sudan
    Harvard University
  • Mriganka Sur
  • Mukund Thattai 
  • Nisheeth Vishnoi
    EPFL, Lausanne

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