Ashoka University will stream live lectures series ‘Scientifically Speaking’

Ashoka University is starting a new online lecture series, Scientifically Speaking, on April 17, 2020 for high school students. The series is open for all. Through Scientifically Speaking, Ashoka University aims to connect high schools students and anyone who is keen to learn with interdisciplinary scientists exploring complex problems. The lecture content will decode the most sophisticated scientific questions of our time in a simple, introductory format, while highlighting fresh perspectives grounded in interdisciplinary research. The first lecture of the series will be delivered by Prof. Gautam Menon on April 17, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The live sessions will be free and open for everyone to attend. Once the live session is over, key content from the episode will be cut and edited to be uploaded on various other platforms such as Instagram and Tik Tok. The live sessions will also be recorded and made available as episodes on Ashoka University’s website. Details of upcoming episodes will be available on Ashoka University’s website, Instagram handle and Twitter handle. 

The topics will be drawn from subject areas such as Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry, and Biology, amongst others. A common theme running across all lectures covering a diversity of topics is Data Science, which has enabled scientists to reach heights, unimaginable just a few decades ago.  Each session will run for one hour, nearly half of which has been allocated for participants to interact with the lecturer, and ask their burning questions. 

For the first lecture, Gautam I. Menon, Professor of Physics and Biology at Ashoka University will deconstruct the COVID-19 virus. Titled “Engaging COVID-19 using Data (and) Science”,  this lecture will explain why the pandemic cannot be exclusively addressed by doctors and will describe how experts in computer science, mathematics, engineering, economics, and sociology have come together to better understand the novel coronavirus and its impact on society.