Venue: Goa Science Center


Space in Indian Philosophy

S. Bhuvaneshwari

SESSION: Art & Culture
TIME: 10:00 – 10:45


Indian Philosophical understanding of space (ākāśa) and its properties shall be explicated by introducing the idea of space as a substance (dravya) by the material-cosmological schools such as Nyāya, Vaiśeṣika and Pūrva Mīmāṃsā followed by the idea of elemental-space (bhūta-ākāśa) of consciousness-cosmological schools such as Advaita, Viśiṣṭādvaita and Dvaita Vedānta including the concept of unmanifested-space (avyākṛta-ākāśa). The idea of no-elemental-space according to the pure materialist Cārvāka and whether the Buddhist concept of nothingness (śūnyatā) represents space as absence of matter shall be discussed. The metaphysical-space shall be briefly discussed based on the esoteric statements of the Upaniṣads revealed through the word “ākāśa”. The listeners shall be exposed to the basic philosophical ideas of Indian thinkers that are at once synthetic, divergent, parallel, opposite and convergent. The listeners shall be left to ponder upon the empirical understanding of space (ākāśa), direction (dik), the idea of dream-space (svapna-avasthā) and the experience of no-space in sleep (suṣupti-avasthā).

THE SPEAKER - S. Bhuvaneshwari

Bhuvaneshwari’s area of interest and study is Indian Philosophy from the Sanskrit sources. Her Ph.D. at the University of Madras (2010) was a focused study on Pedagogy as seen in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta. Her Post-doctoral Research at IIT-Madras in Chennai (2017) was in the field of Advaita Vedanta and Purva Mimamsa. She has been teaching Indian Philosophy & Aesthetics in Chennai. She has published 20 articles and three books on Indian Philosophy. Between 1991 and 1995, she performed as a Bharatanatyam dancer in both classical and contemporary styles.

Cosmic Perspectives in a Global Society

Alex Gagliano

SESSION: Science & Technology
TIME: 10:45 – 11:15


Our current age of globalization has made it possible for international collaborations to thrive, and nowhere is this more evident than in astronomy. Growing networks such as the VLBA and the AVN have led to the construction of science centers in traditionally underserved communities, and low levels of light pollution in these areas provide favorable conditions for optical telescopes as well. For these reasons, astronomy provides an opportunity for economic development around the world. South Africa is a perfect example of this, as will be explored in more depth in this talk. Almost paradoxically, astronomy can be used to preserve regional culture as much as it can be used to promote global connectivity. As the oldest scientific discipline, nearly all societies are rooted in a rich history of astronomical heritage. Astronomical heritage within Gabon, United States, and China will be discussed as case studies. If we are to use astronomy to relate the past to the future, it is crucial that we make it accessible for every member of a society. We conclude by exploring efforts to bring the stars to the visually impaired, including a sonification-based astronomy exhibit called Sounds of the Spectrum that will be featured at the Story Of Space.

THE SPEAKER - Alex Gagliano

Parasites, Symbionts, Commensal

Anand Gandhi

SESSION: Science & Technology

TIME: 11:15 – 11:45


THE SPEAKER -Anand Gandhi

Jenaplan Schools

Eefje Hubers

SESSION: Education & Learning
TIME: 11:45 – 12:15


Teaching and learning in the 21st century In her talk Eefje will explain the major pillars of the Jenaplan philosophy, which are build around relationships. The relationship of the child with oneself, the relationship of the child with others and the relationship of the child with the world. She will give practical examples of how to teach in a holistic student centered fashion. Eefjes teaching is value driven and she looks at the entirety of each child. The values in her teaching are: embrace diversity and it’s power, positivism, discovering and sincerely connecting through play, giving the children space to bloom with a continues fine-tuning mechanism where the social emotional wellbeing of the children are key.

THE SPEAKER - Eefje Hubers and Ann Van der Bonne

Eefje is an educator, coach and kids yoga teacher with a passion and curiosity for the development of humans, especially children. In her free time Eefje likes to explore her inner self and the outdoors in all kinds of ways. She has been a primary school teacher for the past 18 years in a Jenaplan school in The Netherlands. She holds a bachelor degree in primary teaching and remedial teaching and has studied pedagogy at the university of Utrecht. During her career she has been concentrating on the social emotional development of children and therefore completed a study in coaching and counseling children. This has had a major impact on her work as a teacher and as a human.


Psychology of Waste


TIME: 12:15 – 13:00


Replenish aims to discuss both a psychological and physical manifestation of waste. Is waste a concept of the past, with present repercussions? Which areas are waste friendly? What are the complications of having more waste? What are some solutions that we can share? Can we phase out waste? If so, what are the current methods of doing so? We often keep our private spaces clean but there is a divide between the public and private, which has physical and mental repercussions. We have multiple means to hide our waste, e.g. sending it to outer space; dumping waste into oceans that precipitate new waste continents; building cities/parks on waste buried underground (often untreated and hence harmful).

MODERATOR- Tia Kansara

Tia is an award-winning entrepreneur moderator, lecturer and author. She is the founder and director of Kansara Hackney Ltd. (KH), the first ISO quality controlled sustainable lifestyle consultancy in the UK. Tia did her Ph.D. at the Bartlett, University College London on designing future cities and energy evaluation in the Gulf. Since then she has published several papers and has been invited to advise on sustainable cities with governments and the private sector as well as keynote speeches at conferences around the world, such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, BioTrade Initiative on sustainability. Her recent work involved providing city governments with her concept of Replenish, a per capita assessment of ecosystem services and publishing her book, Replenish.

SPEAKER - Richard Dias

SPEAKER - Sanjith Rodrigues

SPEAKER - Noreen

SPEAKER - Nadine

How to Think Anti Causal ?

Hojun Song

SESSION: Art & Culture
TIME: 13:45 – 14:30


A talk which explores why anti-causal ways of thinking matters in the era of A.I. How do we practice these ways of thinking?.And can we possibly make a living out of these uncertain attitudes?

THE SPEAKER - Hojun Song

Hojun Song is an artist who prefers to discover niches of technology and to mix them together. By detecting these niches he uses them as means of social commentary or as objects to express aesthetics. He likes to use microprocessors, sensors, PCB, and aluminium as textures and paints. His work has been exhibited internationally, and has been featured by reputed publications like BBC, The Telegraph, Reuter, Radio Nederland Worldwide, Deutschland Radio, New Scientist Magazine, Wired (UK/US) Magazine, Vogue Korea, Dazed & Confused Korea, etc. Hojun Song’s work is about creating narratives and drawing out questions around absurd the objects he makes, like radiation jewelry and ‘the strongest weapon in the world’. Recently, he launched his own small satellite, via the Open Source Satellite Initiative. Through his work, he likes to question some of the conventional thoughts on art, design and science.

Exploring the deep: Ocean vs space

Russell Arnot

SESSION: Science & Technology
TIME: 15:00 – 15:30


In this interactive Skype session, Russell combines his two passions – oceans and outer space, as he explores why over 500 people have been to space but only three have been to the bottom of the ocean. What limits did we have to overcome to send people into these environments? What are conditions like at the bottom of the deepest ocean? What is it like to live in space? This presentation investigates these questions and more, as we discover that it’s harder to go underwater than you might think.

THE SPEAKER - Russell Arnot

Having completed a combined Masters in Oceanography at the University of Southampton, Russell worked as a physical oceanographer and sediment dynamicist for a number of years. He then went to complete a PGCE in Secondary Science (Physics) at University of Sussex before working as Head of Physics at a secondary sixth-form in London. With a passion for public engagement, Russell left teaching to pursue a cateer in schools’ outreach acting as Education Consultant and Presenter for WhaleFest: Incredible Oceans. Russell frequently performs at science communications events across the UK, organizing workshops and talks for all ages. Russell joined the University of Bath in September 2016 to study phytoplankton morphology and its influence on turbulent interactions. He has also had a career as a punk rock guitarist.

NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto and Beyond

Dr. Henry Throop

SESSION: Science & Technology
TIME: 15:30 – 16:45


After a nine-year journey though space, astronomers visited Pluto for the first time in July 2015, using a robotic NASA spacecraft called New Horizons. Despite being a tiny, icy body far from the sun’s warmth, New Horizons found Pluto’s surface to be astonishingly young and active, showing a diverse variety of geology never before seen in the solar system. Planetary Scientist Dr. Henry Throop will tell the story of this NASA spacecraft mission, from its development and construction, through launch in 2006, to its successful encounter with Pluto, and plans for onward encounters with bodies in the distant Kuiper Belt.

THE SPEAKER - Dr. Henry Throop

Dr. Henry Throop is a Senior Scientist with the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona. He received a PhD in Planetary Science from the University of Colorado, USA, in 2000. He is involved with the New Horizon’s mission to Pluto, working with the visible-IR spectrometer team. Dr. Throop has been a member of the science team for NASA’s New Horizons mission since 2003, and was involved in its historic flyby of Pluto in 2015. He has written award-winning software for operations planning. He has also been involved with the Cassini mission’s imaging team in the data acquisition and analysis of ring studies. He is a frequent consultant to the US’s NASA and the National Science Foundation. While living in Africa, he worked extensively with rural schools, helping to develop their science programs. Dr. Throop’s work has been featured in Science, Nature, Time, The Washington Post, on the History Channel, and National Geographic TV.

Public and Private Spaces

Dean D’Cruz

SESSION: Art & Culture
TIME: 16:45 – 17:15



After graduating from Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Bombay, in 1983, Dean joined architect Gerard Da Cunha as an assistant in Goa in 1985. Enamored by the soft and human scale of Goa’s Architecture and lifestyle he decided to stay. In 1986 he became a partner in a firm called Natural Architecture, working on cost effective housing in a very Laurie Baker approach using waste building materials and innovative design. In 1994 he expanded base of design work, taking on small hotels, large houses and institutional work as principal architect of Dean D’Cruz & Associates. In 2001 he co-founded Mozaic, with general collaboration between disciplines as the core ethic. Having been part of the State Level Committee for the making of the Regional Plan 2021 for Goa, his current emphasis is on urban interventions, sustainable principles and conservation.

Sustainable Goa


TIME: 17:15 – 18:00


What is sustainable development to Goa?

MODERATOR- Prakash Kamat

SPEAKER - Swayandipta Pal Chaudhuri

SPEAKER - Siddharth Kunkolienkar

SPEAKER - Nirmal Kulkarni

SPEAKER - Dean D'Cruz

After graduating from Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Bombay, in 1983, Dean joined architect Gerard Da Cunha as an assistant in Goa in 1985. Enamored by the soft and human scale of Goa’s Architecture and lifestyle he decided to stay. In 1986 he became a partner in a firm called Natural Architecture, working on cost effective housing in a very Laurie Baker approach using waste building materials and innovative design. In 1994 he expanded base of design work, taking on small hotels, large houses and institutional work as principal architect of Dean D’Cruz & Associates. In 2001 he co-founded Mozaic, with general collaboration between disciplines as the core ethic. Having been part of the State Level Committee for the making of the Regional Plan 2021 for Goa, his current emphasis is on urban interventions, sustainable principles and conservation.


Islands in Flux

Pankaj Sekhsaria

TIME: 10:00 – 10:45


Islands in Flux : Why are the Andaman and Nicobar Islands always in flux? What is the nature of this flux? What do we need to understand about this? Why is it important? An illustrated talk by Pankaj Sekhsaria will seek to answer these and related questions as he takes the viewer along on a visual journey into the geology, ecology and history of the spectacularly beautiful and fragile Andaman and Nicobar Islands

THE SPEAKER - Pankaj Sheksaria

Pankaj Sekhsaria is a researcher, activist, writer, photographer and an academician. He has worked for nearly 20 years with the environmental group, Kalpavriksh, mainly on matters related to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, where he is also the editor of a newsletter on wildlife. He has written extensively on issues pertaining to wildlife and tribal rights (particularly in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands) for the Indian press. His debut novel, ‘The Last Wave’ set in the Andaman Islands, was published in 2014. In 2016, he put together his first photo-exhibition on the islands. The exhibition is a consolidation of 20 years of pictures taken there, and in a sense, runs parallel to his novel. His doctoral thesis is a sociological study of research and innovation inside nano-science and nanotechnology labs in India. He currently serves the role of senior project scientist at the DST Centre for Policy Research at the Department of Humanities and Social Science, IIT-Delhi.

Sourcing sustainable seafood from the global fish market

Aaron Lobo

SESSION: Art & Culture
TIME: 10:45 – 11:15


Seafood production has come at a huge environmental and social cost. Since the advent of fisheries industrialization, which in Asia took off in the 1950’s has led to the ubiquitous and drastic depletion of fish stocks. Industrial fisheries besides being highly wasteful and damaging to the environment also led to the removal of large quantities of fish deemed ‘unsuitable for human consumption’ to be ground to fishmeal instead to feed farmed pigs, chickens and fish. To sustain this and our increasing appetites for fish, fleets that could once produce a healthy supply of seafood from coastal waters are now forced to venture further ashore in the global oceans to stay profitable, as our fish stocks continue to decline. The new ocean spaces that we have now begun to plunder include the relatively unexploited twilight zone (depths ranging between 200m to 1km) and moving back to land based forms of intensive aquaculture. Through his own experience both research and personal, while on his foraging forays around the globe he will share some rules for consuming seafood in the global market that he made for himself in the process.

THE SPEAKER - Aaron Lobo

Aaron is a marine conservation biologist and has worked in South Asia and West Africa. He completed his PhD from the University of Cambridge on the Gates scholarship. Ironically, his passion for the sea was driven by his love for seafood. This led to his long-standing interest in finding ways to reconcile marine conservation with fisheries production through policy and practice. His work has involved designing, supporting and implementing projects including understanding the impacts of semi-industrial fisheries, marine protected areas and setting up fisheries monitoring programmes. He currently works with the Indo-German Biodiversity Programme of the GIZ (German Development Cooperation).

How our brain perceives space

Siddharth Warrier

SESSION: Science & Technology
TIME: 11:00 – 11:45


The perception of space in the human brain is the culmination of many processes that occur within microseconds of each other, each of them contributing in a unique manner, to the big picture. As a neurologist, it is fascinating to study how the brain analyses and interprets three – dimensional space; but what makes it even more interesting is that the same processes also play a role in our awareness of non – physical space. Whether one is listening to a song, or dancing to a rhythm, our brain ‘sees’ the music using the same pathways it uses to see a physical sculpture. When one is listening to poetry, the rhythm of the words are analyzed by the same parts of the brain that help you paint a canvas. Perhaps, in a fundamental way, all art can be seen as connected.

THE SPEAKER - Siddharth Warrier

Siddharth Warrier is a Mumbai – based poet and doctor, who is interested in the possibilities of neurology as a basis for explaining human behavior, and thereby, its consequences. His poems explore the interplay of human emotions and scientific phenomena. He has performed at various literature festivals and cultural events across the country, such as the Kala ghoda festival in Mumbai, and Lucknow literature festival. Currently, he works in the department of Neurology at the Sanjay Gandhi institute of medical sciences, Lucknow. He holds an MD Medicine degree from Seth GS and KEM hospital, Mumbai.

Exploring the canvas of Unmanned Ariel Systems


TIME: 11:45 – 12:30


This panel discusses unmanned aerial systems and their categories classified based on their altitude and applications. An unmanned aerial system (UAS) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones are aircrafts which can operate without a human pilot. UAVs were originally used for missions too “dull, dirty or dangerous” for humans but their use has been rapidly expanding to military, commercial, scientific, recreational, agricultural, and other applications, such as policing, peacekeeping, surveillance, product deliveries, area mapping, aerial photography, agriculture, etc.

MODERATOR- Sunil Nanodkar

SPEAKER - Ankit Mehta

SPEAKER - Dhananjay/Engineer Team Indus

Living with pythons

Nirmal Kulkarni

SESSION: Science & Technology
TIME: 12:30 – 13:00


‘Living with Pythons’ is a nationwide initiative started in 2017 by herpetologist and researcher Nirmal Kulkarni to create awareness and instil appreciation about India’s three Python species: the Indian Rock Python (Python molurus), Burmese Python (Python bivittatus) and Reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus). Together, these snakes represent some of the largest snake species of the world. This project aims to promote acceptance, awareness and understanding about these python species through conservation outreach and field-based herpetology techniques. It will also contribute to creating awareness on the issue of human- snake conflicts that are key to python survival in human dominated rural and urban landscapes. Beside which, the initiative proposes to address a need for a common protocol for Python rescue and release, as it will help minimize and address issues relating to reptile-human conflict and provide vital answers to this growing challenge, especially in urban India.

THE SPEAKER - Nirmal Kulkarni


Prafullata Rajput

SESSION: Art & Culture
TIME: 14:15 – 15:00


I would start with an introduction to Indian Darshan Shastras (knowledge bases of Indian philosophy) and Tarkasangraha (a compendium explaining the logic & reasoning in ancient Indian texts). Then I will talk about Tantrayuktis (methods for understanding and reasoning) and their definition with examples from daily life. I would like to explore how these methods could be used today to broaden the extent of understanding the ancient texts and also find alternative ways of applying logic in research. I would like to leave the audience with a new language of decoding old treatises which are otherwise considered diabolical and hidden. This same language can be used for reasoning & understanding of concepts today. This talk would provide an opportunity to explore the methods utilised by the ancient authors in researching and propounding their subjects. For the ancient civilisation to thrive they had used a combination of science, technology, philosophy & deduction. This can be reclaimed & reused to create new spaces of reasoning & logic in our minds.

THE SPEAKER - Prafullata Rajput

I am an Ayurvedic doctor exploring Ayurveda & Yoga’s scientific & philosophical impact on the modern world. Ancient principles most often are stereotyped as primitive and thus ineffective. While looking for newer possibilities today, we can collectively explore the primitive knowledge, concepts and philosophies with modern thought, methods and expression. This is my area of interest & work. I completed my Master’s in Alternative Medicine from Nature Cure Institute, Nasik and Bachelor’s in Pune from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India. I have been practicing Ayurveda for 12 years, teaching Yoga for 10 and providing Academic Direction to University students around the world for 3 years. I was recently involved in a Canadian Government funded research project called CleanCube which explores the creation of affordable water purification methods for marginalized and rural communities who do not have access to clean drinking water. The story of space would be an ideal place to share my ideas about the connection between the ancient and the modern methods of reasoning.



TIME: 15:15 – 16:00


How to make art/science collaborations work?

MODERATOR- Allan Rodrigues

SPEAKER - Jan Swierkowski (Instytut B61)

SPEAKER - Nick Sayers & Megan Argo

SPEAKER - Henry Throop & Miti Desai

SPEAKER - Coralie D'Lima & Prafullata Rajput

Philosophies of Space

Sundar Sarukkai

SESSION: Art & Culture
TIME: 16:00 – 17:15


Space is a complex idea: it is obvious but at the same time ephemeral. It seems to be present all around us but is perhaps nowhere really present. It seems necessary for creating an idea of object but objects themselves seem to be made dominantly of space ‘inside’ them. It has spawned some of the most essential concepts in human cognition but the ambiguity about its nature continue to make the reflection on space a fascinating journey. This talk will explore some of the philosophical themes around space as described in different disciplines, including natural and social science.

THE SPEAKER - Sundar Sarukkai

Difficult Dialogues: Gendered Space


TIME: 17:15 – 18:00


How does Gender affect our everyday existence in spaces , both private and public ?

MODERATOR- Aarushi Singh

SPEAKER - Niketa Malhotra

SPEAKER - Pavithra Dikshit

SPEAKER - Deepti Datt

SPEAKER - Missing Women Project

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