Beyond Science Communication at Science Gallery Bengaluru

Name of the Speaker: Dr. Jahnavi Phalkey

Title of the Seminar: Beyond Science Communication at Science Gallery Bengaluru

Date and Time: 26 April 2021 (Monday), 5:00pm

Online Platform: MS Teams [link to  the video of the seminar]

About the Speaker: Jahnavi Phalkey was appointed Founding Director of Science Gallery Bengaluru in November 2018.  Previously Jahnavi held a tenured faculty position at King’s College London. She started her academic career at the University of Heidelberg, following which she was based at Georgia Tech-Lorraine, France, and Imperial College London. Jahnavi was Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (the Institute of Advanced Study, Berlin). She was also external curator to the Science Museum London, and has been a Scholar-in-Residence at the Deutsches Museum, Munich.

Jahnavi is the author of Atomic State: Big Science in Twentieth Century India and has co-edited Science of Giants: China and India in the Twentieth Century. She is the producer-director of the documentary film Cyclotron.

Jahnavi read civics and politics at the University of Bombay and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She holds a doctoral degree in history of science and technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.

Abstract: Seen to be at the vanguard of the STEM to STEAM movement, the Science Gallery network is the world’s first university-linked network dedicated to public engagement with science and art with galleries in Atlanta, Dublin, London, Melbourne, Rotterdam, Venice, and Detroit.

Science Gallery Bengaluru is the first such gallery of the network in Asia with the mandate to deliver a global mission drawing on the intellectual capital of three of India’s leading research institutions, Indian Institute of Science, National Centre for Biological Science and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology.

In this talk, I will introduce the form and structure of the new institution, and explore with us the ideas that inform the shape of Science Gallery Bengaluru through her journey to answer to one question: what does it mean to go beyond science communication towards an engagement with science?

Science Gallery Bengaluru is working with an idea we call “living exhibitions” that expand conversations around research through atypical juxtapositions to draw in the public at large. SUBMERGE was our first foray into this format, where we actively brought together exhibits and connected programming around the theme of water and its intersection with human life.

Date(s) - 26/04/2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research (ICWaR) - IISc Bangalore