The British Council launches the ‘Science and Beyond’ series

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Adopts a unique approach to cultural relations, with the integration of internationalism and global dimension as focus
National, 28 October 2015: The British Council and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER Pune) bring you ‘Science and Beyond’, a lecture series which brings eminent writers, scholars and historians of science from the UK, who will take you beyond science as you know it. The series will introduce a diverse range of internationally eminent scholars, writers, historians and popularisers from Britain who will take you beyond science as you know it through talks and workshops.
The series is under British Council’s initiative Internationalising Higher Education (IHE). IHE is a programme to create collaborative partnerships, facilitate policy dialogues, support internationalisation of student experiences, develop alumni networks, promote scholarships and provide analysis and advice on international higher education trends and opportunities. It adopts a unique approach to cultural relations, with the integration of internationalism and global dimension as the core focus.
Rob Lynes, Director, British Council, says, “The British Council is delighted to partner with IISER Pune for ‘Science and Beyond - a lecture series’. The series will bring UK’s eminent speakers to India to discuss and make science more interesting and exciting. This will also improve the faculty mobility and interface with Indian universities to promote internationalisation of higher education in India. The series will be a step towards making relations between UK and India stronger.”
The speakers, mentioned below will travel to - Pune, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Trivandrum and Kolkata between 28th October, 2015 - March 2016 to deliver public and specialist talks.

Name Brief about the speaker
John Turney In his lecture, he will discuss his works including Imagining Technology on science fiction and technological development for NESTA. He enjoys writing and editing on assignment, especially around life sciences, futures, science and society and policy issues and has written for a wide range of audiences, producing everything from books to museum exhibition guides to school resources.
Jon Agar Professor of Science and Technology Studies.
Carol Trager-Cowan Reader at University of Strathclyde.
Sugata Mitra Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, UK.
He is the instigator of the Hole in the Wall (HIW) experiment in India.
Iain Stewart Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth and also a member of the Scientific Board of UNESCO's International Geoscience Programme.
Yaron Matras Linguist at the University of Manchester
Ashok Roy Director of Collections at The National Gallery, London
Charlotte Sleigh Lecturer in School of History at the University of Kent, Canterbury
Semir Zeki British neurobiologist

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