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Author & Educator
Scientist, Nature Conservation Foundation
Scientist, Nature Conservation Foundation

Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 12 Sep 2020


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Trees are one of humanity’s most constant and most varied companions. From India’s sacred banyan tree to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration – not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup.

In Around the World in 80 Trees, expert Jonathan Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable. Stops on the trip include the lime trees of Berlin’s Unter den Linden boulevard, which intoxicate amorous Germans and hungry bees alike, the swankiest streets in nineteenth-century London, which were paved with Australian eucalyptus wood, and the redwood forests of California, where the secret to the trees’ soaring heights can be found in the properties of the tiniest drops of water.

Presenting WorldLit.

WorldLit is the Bangalore Literature Festival’s digital literary platform bringing to you livestream sessions, video interviews and podcasts with leading international and Indian authors. This is being brought to audiences in collaboration with Bangalore International Centre.


The event will be uploaded on our YouTube channel with subtitles feature.


Jonathan Drori

Author & Educator

Jon is an experienced trustee and chairman with a background in technology, media and science communication.

He is currently a Trustee of The Eden Project and Raspberry Pi Foundation, a board member of Cambridge University Botanic Garden and an Ambassador for the WWF. Previously, he has been Chair of Ravensbourne University London, and Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Woodland Trust.

At the BBC, as an Executive Producer and Director, he was responsible for more than fifty popular science and engineering TV series.

Author of Around the World in 80 Trees, a widely translated bestseller entwining science and culture, Jon is a frequent public speaker on science topics, including four talks at TED.com

He was awarded a CBE in 2006.

TR Shankar Raman

Scientist, Nature Conservation Foundation

T. R. Shankar Raman is a writer and wildlife scientist with the Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore, interested in the ecology and conservation of tropical forests and wildlife, especially in the Western Ghats. He is based at the field research station in Valparai in the Anamalai Hills. He is the author of The Wild Heart of India: Nature and Conservation in the City, the Country, and the Wild and co-author, with Divya Mudappa, of Pillars of Life: Magnificent Trees of the Western Ghats. He blogs at View from Elephant Hills: http://www.shankarraman.in

Divya Mudappa

Scientist, Nature Conservation Foundation

Divya Mudappa is interested in the ecology, conservation, and restoration of tropical rainforest ecosystems, and in translating biological understanding to on-ground conservation action. She is presently a scientist with the Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore, based at the field research station in Valparai, Anamalai Hills. She is the author of Pillars of Life: Magnificent Trees of the Western Ghats, co-authored with T. R. Shankar Raman. With colleagues and students, she now leads a long-term conservation programme in the Western Ghats to restore degraded rainforests, reduce conflicts between people and wildlife, and foster conservation education and awareness.