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Professor, Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc
Writer and Educator

Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 5 Jun 2021


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

Is there a way parents and society can introduce children to various sciences, to tackle challenges like climate emergency and virulent diseases? Bring science out of the textbooks into the creative, wonderful world that children inhabit? In this intersectional panel discussion, an ecologist professor from Indian Institute of Science and a science author discuss ways in which we can encourage children towards science so they can be prepared for our environmental future.

To know more about the book, see here.


Shweta Taneja


Shweta Taneja writes fiction and science for kids and adults. Her latest book They Made What? They Found What?, is a flipbook that introduces children to the wonders of science through inspiring stories of India’s brightest scientists.

Her bestselling work includes fantasy series Anantya Tantrist Mysteries, Ghost Hunters of Kurseong, a mystery for kids and graphic novel Krishna: Defender of Dharma. She is a finalist in the prestigious French award, Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, was awarded the Editor’s Choice Award for best Asian science fiction, has received the Charles Wallace Writing Fellowship and has given talks at WorldCon, Eurocon and the Cartoon Museum London.

However, her most cherished award remains a painting of an owl (nicknamed Speky) gifted by an 11-year-old fan. She is a habitual tea-drinker and types away on creatures and writing, through her social handle @shwetawrites. Read more about her work here.

Kartik Shanker

Professor, Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc

Dr Kartik Shanker is an associate professor at Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where he supervises student research on a range of taxa including frogs, reptiles, birds, plants, reef fish and other marine fauna. His work with marine turtles in the last 20 years has led to broader interests in coastal and marine conservation.

He is also the founder trustee of Dakshin Foundation, Bangalore which works towards community based conservation. He is the author of the book From Soup to Superstar, a historical account of sea turtle conservation in India. In his spare time, Kartik also seeks to distract young minds through children’s stories which include Lori’s Magical Mystery, Turtle Story, The Adventures of Philautus Frog, and Moonlight in the Sea.

Veena Prasad

Writer and Educator

Veena Prasad is a writer and educator. Primarily a science writer for children, she has also written for older audiences and has explored various genres. However, what she enjoys best is tackling complex subjects and writing about them in simple, lucid, prose. Her latest book The Spark That Changed Everything combines science and history in narrating stories behind some of the world’s most life-changing discoveries.

Veena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering and a Master’s in English Literature. She started her career as a software professional and later switched to writing science full-time, and teaching literature part-time. She also creates crosswords, writes song lyrics and is an advocate of sustainable lifestyle choices. A complete list of her published work can be found here.