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Director, Science Gallery Bengaluru
Programme Manager, Science Gallery Bengaluru

Date & Time

Thursday Thu, 27 May 2021

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

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

This session is a walk-through of Science Gallery Bengaluru’s newest exhibition-season, Contagion.

CONTAGION examines the transmission of emotions, behaviours, ideas and diseases, their fascinating and sometimes frightening spread and why all of this matters to the lives we hope to lead and the futures we can imagine. Covid-19 has been with us for more than a year. The pandemic has upended our lives and illuminated longstanding challenges. In these unsettled times – much more so for some than for others – trustworthy evidence about what is happening changes rapidly. What we have retrieved from this, our very own moment, and in history, are works backed by research that put into relief the reciprocity, empathy, care and knowledge that can develop across disciplines and across experiences at different scales.

In collaboration with Science Gallery Bengaluru



Science Gallery Bengaluru is a public institution for research-based engagement targeted at young adults. We work at the interface between the natural and human sciences, engineering and the arts through ever-changing exhibitions and mentorship programmes.

SGB is established with the founding support of the Government of Karnataka and three academic partners – Indian Institute of Science, National Centre for Biological Sciences, and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. It is a member of the Global Science Gallery Network with sister galleries in Atlanta, Berlin, Detroit, Dublin, London, Melbourne, Rotterdam, and Venice.


Jahnavi Phalkey

Director, Science Gallery Bengaluru

Jahnavi Phalkey is the Founding Director of Science Gallery Bengaluru, and the Sir Asutosh Mukherjee Visiting Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies.

Formerly based at King’s College London, Jahnavi was Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin(Institute of Advanced Study, Berlin). She was also external curator to the Science Museum London, and has been a Scholar-in-Residence at the Deutsches Museum, Munich. She is the author of Atomic State: Big Science in Twentieth Century Indiaand has co-edited Science of Giants: China and India in the Twentieth Century.

Jahnavi read civics and politics at the University of Bombay, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She holds a doctoral degree in the history of science and technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.

Madhushree Kamak

Programme Manager, Science Gallery Bengaluru

Madhushree Kamak is a maverick scientist, illustrator and information experience designer. As the Programme Manager at Science Gallery Bengaluru she develops exhibitions, programmes and learning experiences. She has been a part of several public engagement with science events over the years at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research including Frontiers of Science and Chai and Why?. While she completed her first masters degree in neuroscience from TIFR, her other passions are illustration and User Experience design. She also completed her Masters in Design from National Institute of Design focussing specifically on accessible graphic representations of complex scientific topics.

When not cooking up new ideas at the Gallery, you will find her knee-deep in murder mysteries, anime, or both simultaneously.