Science and Beyond is a unique initiative of the British Council in India to bring the best of British academicians and science communicators and to strengthen the UK-India collaborations in science and higher education. Since 2015, 14 eminent speakers from the UK have visited over 40 higher education institutions across 18 cities in India. The series has covered a diverse range of subjects from Neurobiology, Space Science, Particle Physics to History of Science, Geoscience and Astrobiology, reaching over 15,000 face-to-face audience till date.

Science Communicators who visited India in 2015 and 2016



Subject and Profile





Science and Humanities




Jon Turney

Science writer

Jon Agar

Science and Technology Studies

Charlotte Sleigh

History and Philospohy of Science

Yaron Matras


Sugata Mitra

Educational Technology

Biological Sciences


Semir Zeki

Cognitive Science

Robin Franklin

Environmental Science

Jason Michael Hall-Spencer

Marine Biology

Iain Stewart

Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Physics and Interfaces     

Lewis Dartnell


Mark McCaughrean

Interdisciplinary Scientist 

Roberto Trotta


Victoria Jane Martin

Particle Physics

Carol Tragor Cowen



The series is for anyone above 18 years of age including students, researchers, lecturers and general public and is aimed at

  • bringing the best of UK science to India
  • making science more interesting and exciting among students and general public
  • inspiring students and researchers about UK higher education
  • facilitating new partnerships between the UK and Indian institutions


‘I did like the fact I got to visit several cities and several different types of institutions. That was very interesting for me to understand better how the higher education system in India works. My visit to IIT Guwahati was most productive as we are planning to work together on a research publication on an area of Physics we are both interested in.’ – Victoria Martin, Reader in Particle Physics at the University of Edinburgh (Science and Beyond speaker 2016)

'The Science and Beyond lecture by Mark McCaughren was perfect for our institute. It involved a lot of interaction with the speaker and was extremely well received by the audience.' - Amit Ghosh, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics

'Thank you for giving us the opportunity to host the talk of the renowned Thoeritical Cosmologist Prof. Roberto Trotta at our Centre.' -  Dr P Iyamperumal, Executive Director, Tamilnadu Science and Technology Centre

'Thank you for helping me connect with Professor Iain Stewart. I'm grateful to the British Council for organising Science and Beyond, because of which I'm probably going to have an exciting career as a scientist. It's some amazing work that the British Council is doing through such initiatives.' - Tahani Abdul Aziz, supporting faculty at St. Xavier's College Mumbai

Our work with Indian Partners

North South East West

Punjab University, Chandigarh

Jaypee Institute of Information Technology

Jawaharlal Nehru University

Jamia Millia Islamia

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Delhi University

Delhi Technological University

National Brain Research Centre

Indian Institute of Science , Bangalore

National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore

Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore

Indian Space Research Organisation

Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin

University of Hyderabad

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management University

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Trivandrum

Raman Research Institute Bangalore

National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology

English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata

Presidency University

Institute of Neurosciences

Science City, National Council of Science Museums

Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

Birla Industrial and Technological Museum

Jadavpur University


Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai

St. Xavier's College, Mumbai

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune

Fergusson College, Pune

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Ahmedabad

Institute of Seismological Research, Ahmedabad

Science City Auditorium, Ahmedabad

Physical Research Laboratories, Ahmedabad

Dempo College, Goa

TATA LitLive, National Centre for the Performing Arts

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Sophia College

Jai Hind College

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Deccan College

Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar