Science and Beyond: A Public Science Lecture Series

Through the series and our work in science, the British Council works with UK and Indian partners to support public activities and to strengthen global science communities. 

Over 15,000 research scholars, students, teachers, working professionals  have been involved since its inception in 2015.

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


Key outcomes

Science and Beyond anchored a number of discussions around long term collaboration and working relationshsips involving the UK speakers. Some of the collaborations underway are Imperial College, Plymouth University, University of Edinburgh, IIT Madras, IUCCA, IIA, ISARO, IIST, IIT Guwahati, CUSAT, IISER Kolkata and Pune.


'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