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Responding to the Covid-19 pandemic

As the world grapples with the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, India is now in a lockdown mode for effective implementation of social distancing in a bid to slow the spread of the outbreak. 

Around mid-March, IISER Pune began to put in place pre-emptive measures against Covid-19 in view of the well-being of everyone on campus. Classes were suspended and all events postponed. Students residing in campus hostels were asked to head to their homes before Covid-19 spread further. Employees have since been working from home and all campus residents adhering to social distancing norms. 

Impact salutes healthcare professionals, essential service providers, and government officials working at the frontline against this pandemic.       

We urge you to follow authentic sources of information, such as MoHFW and WHO, on the pandemic.  

Stay safe, stay inspired!       

Graphic by Rafeeque Mavoor, Science Media Centre, IISER Pune


An unconventional way to target cancer 
IISER Pune researchers developed synthetic molecules to form channel type structures in the lipid membrane of cancer cells and kill the cells by disturbing the ion-balance within cells. Read more in this news article
The conquest of land by plants: An evolutionary perspective
Prof. Anjan Banerjee's team at IISER Pune uses moss (Physcomitrella patens) as a model plant to address questions related to plant evolution and development. An explanatory video on this work by participants at a workshop organised by the SMC, IISER Pune.
Protein folding and aggregation 
A visual tour into research from Prof. Jayant Udgaonkar's group: protein folding and unfolding, aggregation and distribution, and how this enhances our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases. More
SciTalk@SMC Series 
The SciTalk@SMC Series produced by the Science Media Centre at IISER Pune presents career stories of scientists, communicators, artists, and more.

View at these links conversations with some of our recent guests on the SciTalk@SMC Series, Prof. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins, Dr. Siddhesh Kamat, Dr. Vineeta Bal, Dr. David Tong, Dr. T.V. Venkateswaran, Dr. Kaneenika Sinha and Dr. Nixon Abraham.

Between them, they cover a wide range of topics that include inorganic chemistry, chemical biology, immunology, quantum field theory, science communication, number theory, and neurobiology. 

IISER Pune Research in the News
Links to some of the recent articles in news and media outlets about research at IISER Pune.

How population size shapes evolution patterns in E. coli by Shubashree Desikan, The Hindu
On Dr Pinaki Talukdar's work on targeting cancer from 16:52 on Rajya Sabha TV 
Dr. Rejish Nath's group shows a new class of Bose-Einstein Condensates by @IiserPphysics on Twitter
On technology for indigenous graphene supercapacitor for energy storage in Energitica India
Earthquakes could be a new tool for diamond hunters in Nature India
On the editorial in Genome Biology that proposes a deep genome project in Loksatta
On Dr Pushkar Sohoni's research on the jewish heritage of the Deccan by Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed, The Hindu
Two teams from IISER to work on DST’s quantum programme, Rs 25 crore sanctioned for project by Anjali Marar, Indian Express


Inauguration of the Bajaj Auto
Hall of Residence

Jan 11, 2020
A hostel building constructed with a generous endowment from Bajaj Auto Ltd. was inaugurated by Dr. R.A. Mashelkar. Shri. Rahul Bajaj announced supporting 3 Chair Professorships and 1 Distinguished Visiting Professorship at IISERPune. More

Mimamsa Prelims
Jan 18, 2020

The preliminary round of the 12th edition of Mimamsa Science Quiz, the first one in partnership with Praj, is now complete. This was held at 21 centres across India. Four teams, IISc Bengaluru, IISER Kolkata, IIT Bombay, and IIT Delhi will now compete in the final round.

Cipla Foundation-IISER Pune Centre for Chemistry Education and Research
Jan 29, 2020
This Centre offers space for teacher and student training and will serve as a platform for developing industry-academia interactions. The Centre was inaugurated by Dr. Yusuf K. Hamied, Non-Executive Chairman, Cipla Ltd. More
KPIT-Shodh Awards  
Jan 30-31, 2020
The 2nd Annual IISER Pune-KPIT PhD Conference on Energy and Mobility saw participation from IITs, IISERs and NCL. See details here. More


5th Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference (APDRC5)
Jan 6-10, 2020
One of the largest meetings of its kind, this event offered latest from the fields of developmental biology, neurogenetics, immunity, ecology, and behavioral biology. Find here a comprehensive compilation of the proceedings by the organisers.
DST-INSPIRE Science Camp
Jan 7-11, 2020

Designed to showcase the excitement and latest developments in science, this science camp organised by CoESME on campus hosted over 160 students of class IX for 5 days of interactive discussions with scientists and hands-on sessions in laboratories. More
National Science Day
Feb 28, 2020
Events at IISER Pune as part of the National Science Day celebrations included the 6th Linus Pauling Interschool Science Quiz Competition, a book exhibition, and a public lecture by Dr Anirban Hazra. More 
International Women's Day
Mar 5, 2020
This was celebrated with talks by Dr. A. Mani and Aashima Dogra and discussion points included role of conditioning in attitudes towards women; ways to counter the biases; sharing the struggles and successes of women in science. More


As part of the National Science Day celebrations, the Science Club at IISER Pune organized a talk series on the topic of ‘Emergence' accessible to students Class 11 onwards and to teachers. More 
During the Covid-19 lockdown, Smt Indrani Balan Science Activity Centre on campus continues to reach out to students and educators through their online resource material with DIY hands-on activities. More
Spread the Smile programme of Disha, the student-led educational outreach initiative, reaches out to students in villages. In this annual programme spanning three weekends in Jan and Feb, volunteers meet, interact with, and demonstrate experiments to students in about 7 villages. Read here a thread.
The Medical Committee of the institute has been sharing, through internal emails, information relevant to institutional response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Committee Chair and faculty member Dr. Nagaraj Balasubramanian has compiled here a set of resources on mental health. More
The student-led TEDxIISERPune Club organised their first TEDx event on Feb 2, 2020 with nine speaker talks and four performances. More
A week-long training workshop in financial management of scientific projects was conducted during Jan 27-31, 2020, with support from DST, Govt of India. More
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