The Einstein Lectures series was initiated in 2015 as part of the centenary celebration of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. Schools, colleges and other organizations can request to organize a lecture anywhere in India. Selected partner organizations will work with the ICTS in selecting an appropriate speaker depending on the date and venue of the lecture, and the nature of the audience. Einstein lectures cover a wide spectrum of topics in physics and related areas. Speakers range from early-career scientists to international luminaries. ICTS will support the travel and honorarium for the speaker. Partner organizations are expected to take care of the local organization.
Contact: einstein . lectures @ icts . res . in
Past Lectures
Parameswaran Ajith (International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru)
14 June 2018, 11:00
Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, Kamand, Mandi (H.P.)
One of the most striking discoveries of recent times is that of gravitational waves. The existence of these elusive ripples in the spacetime was predicted by Albert Einstein a hundred years ago. At times, even Einstein doubted the existence of gravitational waves in nature and never imagined that...more
Rajesh Gopakumar (ICTS-TIFR)
24 April 2018, 17:00 to 19:00
Infosys Campus, Electronic City, Bengaluru
Hawking's life story - of a brilliant mind trapped in a failing body and yet able to transcend these limitations to do creative work of the highest order on some of the most fundamental questions asked by mankind - is a genuinely inspirational one. In this talk, I will try to give a glimpse of the...more
Rana Adhikari (Professor of Physics, Caltech)
20 February 2018, 14:00 to 16:00
Library Auditorium, BMS College of Engineering, near Bull Temple Road, Bengaluru
Nearly 100 years after being predicted by Albert Einstein, the LIGO project has detected gravitational radiation from outer space. The orbits and collisions of black holes from billions of years ago produce massive distortions in the spacetime continuum. These waves can now be detected on the earth...more
Manas Kulkarni (International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru)
08 September 2017, 15:30 to 17:30
M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, MSR Nagar, Bangalore-54
I will discuss efforts in engineering exotic systems of light and matter. This field lies at the heart of physics and engineering and is important both from a fundamental perspective and from the point of view of device applications. These efforts have helped in our understanding of fundamental...more
Rama Govindarajan (International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru)
29 July 2017, 11:00 to 13:00
School of Sciences, Jain University, Bengaluru
I will begin my talk with a brief description of the kind of fluid dynamical problems we study in our group. I will then focus on one problem : asking how raindrops and turbulence interact with each other in a cloud. We will discuss how raindrops form and grow, and how they affect the turbulence in...more
Nils Andersson (University of Southampton, UK)
28 July 2017, 16:00 to 18:00
St. Joseph's College (Autonomous), 36 Lalbagh Road, Bangalore 27
A neutron star is born when a massive star runs out of nuclear fuel and collapses under its own weight. These “zombie” stars involve aspects of physics that cannot be tested in laboratories on Earth. We have to figure out their properties from astrophysical observations. Neutron stars are of...more
Suvrat Raju (International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru)
12 April 2017, 18:00 to 19:00
National College, Bengaluru
A central tenet of physics is that time evolution is reversible. Given the complete state of a system at any point of time, one can predict both its future and its past. This is true of the simple ballistics problems one studies in school, and of the very complicated systems that physicists study...more
Parameswaran Ajith (International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru)
28 February 2017, 09:30 to 11:30
T K M College of Engineering, Kollam, Kerala
In 2016, the LIGO-Virgo scientific collaborations announced the detection of two gravitational wave signals by the Advanced LIGO observatories. The existence of these elusive ripples in the spacetime was predicted by Albert Einstein a hundred years ago. At times, even Einstein doubted the existence...more
Archana Pai (Indian Institute for Science, Education and Research, Trivandrum)
17 February 2017, 13:00 to 15:00
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology (RIT), Kottayam, Kerala
Let us listen to the symphony of our Universe! On September 14, 2015, two LIGO detectors located in Livingston, Lousiana and Hanford, Washington observed gravitational waves from a black hole binary merger event located at 1.33 billion light years away in a distant galaxy. This is the first direct...more
Spenta R. Wadia (International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru)
02 December 2016, 16:00 to 18:00
Christ University, Hosur Road, Bangalore 29
The two major revolutions of 20th Century physics are Einstein’s General Relativity which is a theory of the gravitational force and Quantum Mechanics which deals with sub-atomic phenomenon. Both are successful theories in their domains of application. With the direct observation of gravitational...more

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