This live online event will be hosted on Zoom.

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About the online event

Date: 16 August 2022

Time: 16:00 — 17:00 IST 

Ignite Life Science Foundation, Cactus Communications, and IndiaBioscience have come together to co-host this live online event. In a relaxed and conversational format, the interlocutor for each session will uncover the background story of the work and life of an eminent scientist. This will not only afford students, young scientists, and the science-curious in India a first-hand/ringside view of what it takes to become successful in science but also give them an opportunity to direct questions to the invited scientist. This is a platform for students, young scientists, and the science-curious in India to connect with the stories behind the work of eminent scientists, in preparation for their own journey in science.

This series of online live events will explore the lives and work of scientists in an informal chat session. The 4th conversation of this series is with a well-known Indian molecular ecologist and biologist Uma Ramakrishnan who is a Professor of Ecology and Evolution at NCBS, TIFR.

Who should attend

The IN CONVERSATION with IGNITE’ sessions are public events meant for the science-curious early and mid-career faculty, senior scientists, students, and the broader society. We would especially like to invite undergraduate, Master, and Ph.D. students from across India to attend these sessions to hear some remarkable stories behind some equally remarkable science and interact with the speakers.

Up to two audience members will be awarded a cash prize for actively participating during the sessions and asking interesting question/​s.

1. First prize — 5000/- Rs.

2. Second prize — 3000/- Rs.

Note: You may also submit your questions via the registration form. So stay curious and keep asking questions!

All are welcome. Come to discuss and celebrate science!


  • 16:00 IST

    Welcome & Housekeeping rules

  • 16:04 IST

    In conversation with Uma Ramakrishnan

    Uma Ramakrishnan+Ramaswamy Subramanian

  • 16:40 IST

    Audience Q&A

  • 16:55 IST

    Concluding remarks


Uma Ramakrishnan

Uma Ramakrishnan, PhD, is Professor of Ecology and Evolution at NCBS, TIFR, Bengaluru. Her research interests include: Conservation and population genetics of endangered species, Biogeography and evolutionary origins of Indian species, Emerging infectious diseases, Molecular Ecology, Population genomics.


Ramaswamy Subramanian

Ramaswamy Subramanian

Ramaswamy Subramanian is the Founder and Board Member of Ignite Life Science Foundation. He is a Professor at the Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Department, Purdue University.


For any queries related to this online event and also to share your ideas ahead of the event, write to swamis[at]ignitelsf[dot]in.