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Göttingen-India Forum: Day 2
University of Göttingen

BANGALORE24 Jun 2012

Venue Conference Pavilion at Indo-German Urban Mela, Palace Grounds next to Bangalore Palace.
Opening Time2:00 PM
Entry Free. All are welcome!

A series of public talks organized by University of Göttingen will bring together subject matters experts from Goettingen and India, from diverse genres of science and art, and other learning curves under one roof to provoke thought that foster ideas. Students in schools and colleges/university would benefit from experiences of the minds that dared to think and live their dreams at Goettingen India Forum.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.:  Exciting experiments in Science

Experiments play an important role in conveying concepts in science. Carefully designed experiments can be used to clarify confusing concepts. In this session, we demonstrate a set of interesting experiments that illustrate scientific principles. Mixed with these are a few experiments that  run against our intuition. Such counter-intuitive experiments are very useful in appreciating certain finer aspects of the concepts involved. 

Speaker Profile - Mr H R Madhusudana

Mr Madhusudana is the senior scientific officer at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bangalore. He has a crucial role in organizing, planning and conducting educational programs for school and university students. Mr Madhusudan’s creative ideas and unconventional thinking makes him a role model for all those students who have learnt with him. An experimentalist by thought, any phenomena in science can be explained by Madhudsudan with unbeatable simplicity. He is actively involved in science popularization and production of shows at planetarium.

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Transcending Forms

"A mobile, one might say, is a little private celebration, an object defined by its movement and having no other existence. It is a flower that fades when it ceases to move" - Jean-Paul Sartre

Sculptures, for Centuries the great art of stasis, of frozen mass, suddenly moved. It left its plinth and hung quivering in space.  Their subtle, planned but unprogrammed responsiveness to their environment, gave them an existence of a kind, quite alien to more substantial sculptures in the history. Science and art have always worked parallel; combining technology and aesthetics we have achieved not just visually engaging forms but also mentally engrossing artworks. This abstract aims to bring forward many such masterpieces of Europe and India. From Calder to Soto, a journey of cataleptic material coming to life by means of movement.

Speaker Profile - Neha Mehta, Artist/Sculptor

Neha Mehta graduated from Bangalore University with a Masters in Visual Arts. This young artist formally specialized in sculpture as she believed it as an honest form of art. Her inspiration, being 'life' and its nuances help create works which whisper a different thought, and exude a distinct energy of its own. Neha has many national and international exhibitions to her credit and currently exploring ‘kinetic sculptures’ having won the National Award of Scholarship to Young Artists from the Ministry of Culture, India.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Search for Extra Solar Planets

The talk will describe the details on the methods that are used for the detection of planets which orbit other stars. The difficulties associtaed with the direct detection are described. Simple techniques are Doppler effect, gravitational lensing and the more sophisticated methods involve transit analysis. Finally how one looks for earth like planet also will be discussed.

Speaker Profile - Dr B S Shylaja, Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

Dr Shylaja , Director, Nehru Planetarium is the source of encouragement and direction to hundreds of students who go there with questions and ideas in their mind. Most educational courses at Planetarium are designed to develop a culture of reasoning. “Most things are made quantitative so that the method of investigation becomes a habit from a very young age”, believes Dr. Shylaja.