Announcing the 2020 ICTS School on Population Genetics and Evolution


Kavita Jain and I are pleased to announce the fourth edition of the Bangalore School on Population genetics and Evolution. As always, we have an exciting speaker lineup, and we look forward to a group of enthusiastic participants. We invite applications from PhD students and postdocs (and exceptional MSc students) from biology, computer science, physics, or mathematics backgrounds. The key requirement is a strong interest in population genetics and/or evolutionary biology. Applications close 1 Oct 2019. For more information, see the school website.

Summer conferences, 2018 edition

We have another fun summer conference season lined up this year; as usual, most lab members have received travel awards. Come hear about our work if you happen to be at these meetings!

Mrudula, Kruttika, Laasya, Saurabh, Joshua and I will be at the SMBE meeting in Yokohama, Japan, starting 8 July. We’re all super excited that Mrudula was chosen as a Fitch award finalist this year, with the added perk that SMBE will cover her trip. Kruttika also has a registration award from SMBE, and an Infosys travel award from NCBS. This should be an especially fun meeting as we celebrate 50 years of the Neutral Theory of molecular evolution.

Around July end, Pratibha will attend her first international meeting abroad: the Gordon Research Conference and seminar on C1 metabolism in Maine, USA. She will be supported by a travel award from the Dept of Science and Technology (DST, India).

Finally, at the end of August, Mrudula and Vrinda will join me at the 2nd Joint Evolution meeting in Montpellier, France. They both have travel grants from the SSE. This promises to be a crazy gathering of evolutionary biologists and we’re looking forward to it!

Coming up: Science Cafe talk

ScienceCafe_DeepaOur campus has a new outreach program under the Science and the City initiative: the BLiSc Science Cafe (BLiSc = Bangalore Life Science Cluster). I will kick off this program with a talk at MyBoTree in Kormangala, Bangalore, this coming Sunday (11 am, June 24). Come hear about the exciting world of microbes that live with and within us, and how they have shaped life on earth!

The Science Cafe is a series of monthly science talks across cafes, bookstores, social, public and performative spaces in Bangalore. The idea is to bring down barriers between science and the public, take advantage of informal environments to discuss our science, and share what we do in a space that is less academic but more relaxed. Events are open to all, so drop by!

Update: This was a really fun event, and I really enjoyed interacting with the fantastic audience. I didn’t know when the scheduled hour passed; the crowd was very curious and wanted to know more! You can view a recording of the talk here.

Announcing the 3rd Bangalore School on Population Genetics and Evolution

PopgenSchool_2018_smallThe next iteration of our ICTS School on Population Genetics and Evolution is scheduled from 5-17 March 2018. We will have a great set of teachers, with topics ranging from statistical genetics, demographic dynamics, epistatis, and life history evolution. We invite applications from advanced PhD students and postdocs (deadline 15 Nov 2017). Find more information here.

Announcing the SPEEC Up competition

On 31 Aug 2017, NCBS will host a one-day competition for 3-minute talks in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. The event is jointly organized by multiple institutes in Bangalore to encourage cross-talk within local ecology circles.

If you have an interesting story from your work, consider competing! You can find more details here.

Evolution Symposium: Celebrating Wallace

I’m very happy to announce a day-long symposium on evolutionary biology on 7 Nov 2013, which I am organizing along with Krushnamegh Kunte at NCBS. The symposium is in honor of Alfred Russel Wallace, who proposed the theory of evolution by natural selection along with Charles Darwin. Applications for research posters are due 15 Oct, 2013.

Find more information on the symposium website.