Established June 2004

 Chairman, Prof. Raghavendra Gadagkar


Associate Faculty
Dr. H. N. Chanakya
Centre for Sustainable Technologies
Prof. S. Ramakrishnan
Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
Visiting Faculty
Amrita Shah
Columnist & Writer
Dr. Uday Balakrishnan
Former Registrar, IISc,
Member, Postal Service Board, Govt. of India
Prof. Tejaswini Niranjana
Senior Fellow CSCS,
Lead Researcher HEIRA, Bangalore
Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
Sundararajan Visiting Professor,
Former Vice Chancellor,
M. G. University, Kottayam, Kerala

Prof. S. V. Srinivas
Visiting Professor,
Centre for Contemporary Studies,
Senior Fellow,
Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore


The Centre for Contemporary Studies, a relatively new experiment at the Institute,  endeavours to bring to the campus some of the best practitioners of different disciplines in the human sciences, such as philosophy, sociology, economics, law, literature, poetry, art, music, cinema etc. These scholars, drawn from all over the world, visit and lecture at the Institute and some are in residence for periods ranging from a few days to several months. Students, faculty and staff of the Institute as well a number of people from other institutes in Bangalore attend these lectures.  The aim of this experiment is to forge useful and meaningful interaction between the natural sciences and human sciences with special focus on understanding the diverse research methodologies of different disciplines and create opportunities to rethink the foundations of our own disciplines - often the opportunity to criticise the methodological foundation of another discipline leads to a re-examination of the foundation of one’s own discipline. In addition to such one-off lectures, the Centre offers (presently, once in two years), a one-semester course entitled “The Production of Knowledge – A comparison of Natural and Social Sciences”. The Centre has now moved to the former JNCASR building near the Health Centre.

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Cordially invites you to a talk on:

Do It Yourself Synthetic Biology – Bio hacking, Democratization of Science and Social Goodpdf
Speaker: Dr. Krishna Ravi Srinivas
Research and Information Centre for Developing Countries ,New Delhi


Day and Date: Thursday 26th March 2015

Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm


Abstract: Do It Yourself Synthetic Biology (DIY SynBio) has attracted much attention because of its novelty and concerns over biosecurity and biosafety. In this presentation I provide an overview of this phenomenon and point out that DIY SynBio is much more than amateur biology as groups working in this are contributing to synbio and build labs for citizen engagement and participation while some are specifically concerned with applying synbio for meeting socially relevant needs and products. By developing cheaper alternatives and democratizing science they are demystifying science. Developing nations should utilize and encourage DIY SynBio. While concerns over biosecurity and biosafety have to be addressed exaggerating them in the context DIY SynBio will be counterproductive.