At ICTS, science outreach for school and college students and civic society in general is taken very seriously. ICTS regularly organizes public lectures given by eminent visitors. Public lectures bring exciting new developments in science to the general public and play an important role in engaging students and civic society at large on issues of modern science.
Past Lectures
Bernard Fanaroff (South African Square Kilometre Array)
16 October 2015, 16:30 to 17:30
Chandrashekhar Auditorium, ICTS Bangalore
South Africa has invested in the development of a large and vibrant radio astronomy community by building a greenfield observatory, protecting it by law from radio frequency interference, designing and building the MeerKAT array and participating very actively in the design of the Square Kilometre...more
Nima Arkani-Hamed (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA), Ashoke Sen (Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad), Nathan Seiberg (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA), Andrew Strominger (Harvard University, USA) and Cumrun Vafa (Harvard University, USA)
27 June 2015, 11:00 to 12:00
Christ University Auditorium, Bangalore
The Public Outreach Event is scheduled on 27th June 2015. The morning interactive session with students will include talks by: Nima Arkani-Hamed, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Ashoke Sen, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad. The afternoon session will include public lectures by...more
Manjul Bhargava (Princeton University)
20 June 2015, 17:30 to 18:30
Christ University Auditorium, Bangalore
Mathematics pervades all the sciences, but it also lies at the heart of a number of fields in the humanities. Two such important subjects which go back to ancient times are linguistics and music. In fact, many of the modern mathematical tools used in probability and combinatorics, and tools applied...more
Stuart Parkin (IBM Fellow and Director Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics)
07 October 2014, 16:30 to 17:30
Homi Bhabha Auditorium, TIFR, Mumbai
The charge on an electron is commonly used in conventional electronics, unlike the spin degree of freedom. Using the spin is revolutionizing computing and storage.more
Boris Shraiman (Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara)
13 December 2013, 17:30 to 18:30
Faculty Hall, IISc, Bangalore
The interface of Biology and Physics is an exciting and rapidly developing frontier of science. This lecture will draw examples from the study of animal development and the study of evolution – two of the fundamental problems of Biology – to illustrate the sometimes unexpected ways in which...more
Cumrun Vafa (Harvard University, MA)
05 June 2013, 17:30 to 18:30
Faculty Hall, IISc, Bangalore
The extra dimensions of string theory which were originally viewed as a source of embarrassment for the theory, have proven to be instrumental in resolving a number of puzzles associated with 3+1 dimensional physics. I discuss examples of this in the context of black holes, gauge theory and...more
Sankar Das Sarma (University of Maryland, USA)
12 December 2012, 17:00 to 18:00
Homi Bhabha Auditorium, TIFR, Mumbai
Quantum mechanics, the underlying microscopic theory of our existence governing the behavior of the physical world, is the crowning success of human intellect. It is astonishingly successful-- no experiment contradicts the predictions of the theory, and the theory has been explicitly verified to be...more
Sydney Brenner (Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, San Diego, USA)
18 October 2012, 18:00 to 19:00
J.N. Tata Auditotium, IISc, Bangalore
In his paper "On Computable Numbers" Turing proposed a way of performing mechanical procedures on binary inputs to test whether mathematical functions could be computed from a set of simple rules. The Turing machine, as it came to be called, worked on a tape which it could move in both directions...more
Peter Sarnak (Princeton University and IAS, Princeton)
25 May 2012, 16:00 to 17:00
Faculty Hall, IISc, Bangalore
One of Ramanujan's most influential conjectures concerns the magnitude of the Fourier Coefficients of a modular form. These were made on the basis of his calculations as well as a far-reaching insight as to their usefulness in the study of some diophantine problems. Today his original Conjecture is...more