Kaapi with Kuriosity is a monthly public lecture series organised by the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS-TIFR), in collaboration with the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium and other educational institutions in Bengaluru.

The aim of the talks in this series is to stimulate the curiosity of the public towards the myriad aspects of science. The setting for these talks will be informal with a lot of scope for open discussions. The scientific background assumed will not be beyond the school level. As such, they are easily accessible to school/college students, families and working professionals interested in science.

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Past Talks
S. Seetha (Programme Director at Space Science Program Office, ISRO (HQ))
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday, 11 June 2017
Christ University , Main Auditorium, Hosur Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka, 560029
AstroSat is the first dedicated astronomy mission of ISRO. Launched on 28 September, 2015, it has onboard experiments to view the sky in optical, UV, and X-ray bands. The sources in the dark sky appear very different in different bands and in order to comprehend the processes in and around these...more
Bard Ermentrout (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday, 14 May 2017
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
Patterns are ubiquitous in the nervous system. These range from the temporal patterns of locomotion (e.g. gaits such as the trot, walk, and gallop) and other motor activity (head bobbing, scratching, tail wagging) to spatio-temporal patterns of neural activity seen during imaging of human brains...more
Mustansir Barma (TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad)
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday, 09 April 2017
St. Joseph’s College, 36, Lal Bagh Main Road, Langford Gardens, Bengaluru 27
The element of chance enters in a crucial way not only in our daily affairs, but also in practically every branch of science. In describing the outcomes of chance, a central role is played by the Random Walker, a spirited individual who takes successive steps in random directions. The resulting...more
Vijay Chandru (Centre for Biosystems Science and Engineering (BSSE), Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru)
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday, 19 March 2017
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
We are in an exceptional era in which we have the confluence of at least three technologies (mechanical automation, computing & communications and molecular biology) that have reached steep exponential scale. We call them second half technologies invoking the metaphor of exponential growth...more
C S Aravinda (TIFR - Center for Applicable Mathematics, Bengaluru)
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday, 19 February 2017
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
Regularly repeating patterns are commonplace around us, on tile-laid pavements, on tapestry designs, on window grills, on rangolis and so on. Exploring newer and newer basic patterns to create novel designs has fascinated mankind for centuries. This talk begins by looking at the seemingly simple...more
David Gross (KITP, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Saturday, 14 January 2017
Christ University, Kuriakose Elias Auditorium, Bengaluru 29
This talk will describe the developments in theoretical high energy physics of the last five decades as seen from the perspective of someone who has contributed seminally to our current understanding of the fundamental building blocks of nature. Contact Us : outreach @ icts . res . inmore
Sanjay Sane (National Centre for Biological Sciences)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm Sunday, 11 December 2016
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
Engineering is not a uniquely human trait. Even a cursory look at our backyard can reveal a staggering variety of structures engineered by insects and other animals. These structures emerge from the coordinated activity of many individuals, or sometimes even a solitary individual. Like human-built...more
Sulochana Gadgil (Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (CAOS), Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru)
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Saturday, 26 November 2016
Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, Bengaluru
The monsoon visits us, without fail, year after year, but not always with the same gusto. So, every summer, the question uppermost in the minds of not only meteorologists and farmers but economists as well, is how will the monsoon behave this year? Over centuries, the monsoon has captured the...more
Ashoke Sen (Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad)
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday, 23 October 2016
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
What are the fundamental constituents of matter at the shortest distances? What does the universe look like at the largest distances? What is the history of our universe? These are questions that have bothered humans almost since the beginning of civilization. We have now come to the realization...more