Science and Society

Future of Nature - III
A lecture series and dialogue exploring ideas and disciplinary intersections on nature and its future.
*  Open to All  *
More than just an echo of the future is heard in the present we dwell in. Living on a planet that is the only home to life, the state of its future, and ours in it, is felt with certain immediacy.  We begin with this shared understanding that an imaginary of the future, what it is, and how we shape it, concerns all of us who inhabit the present.  How are we shaping the space we will occupy in the future?  Is nature this space?  This is the last in a series of three sessions.  This final set includes an anthropologist who delves into our deep past, a hydrologist/ecologist who studies dynamic ecosystems, an economist with expertise on energy and an ecologist who works on animals that share living spaces with humans. We look forward to the talks and equally to the concluding panel.

Session III :  Widening Horizons

Time:  Saturday, October 14th 2017 from 10 Am to 430 Pm

Venue:  Malgova, NCBS, GKVK Campus

Programme :

10:00am to 10.30am -  Introduction – Mahesh Rangarajan

10:30am to 11:30pm – Kathleen D. Morrison

11:30am to 11:45 am - Tea

11:45am to 12:45pm – Jagdish Krishnaswamy 

12:45pm to 1:45pm - Lunch

2:00pm to 3:00pm – Ashok Desai   

3:00pm to 4:00pm - Vidya Athreya

4:00pm to 4:30pm  -  Panel discussion

4:30pm -  Tea

Abstract :

Securing a future for nature in an inclusive and viable way requires a blend of insight across the science/society interface. With this in mind, NCBS set off this series: The Future of Nature. The third and final set of lectures focuses on ways to move forward, but does so by learning intelligently from the past and emerging paths to the future.. Each of these is undergoing significant shifts and changes. Our speakers all look at the present and ask if there are better ways forward embedded in the contemporary. Their insights will provide a starting point for enriching discussions and on-going dialogues on the way forward.


Kathleen D  Morrison, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Title : "What we value: thoughts for the future from natures past"

Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, Bangalore
Title : "Future of India’s riverine ecosystems: Challenges and opportunities"

Ashok Desai, Consultant Editor - Telegraph, Kolkata
Title : "Humans without Nature"

Vidya Athreya, Wildlife Conservation Society, India
Title : "Wildlife without borders: when the past becomes the future for wild animals in India"

Curated by: Mahesh Rangarajan
Host:  Science and Society, NCBS

Tea and refreshments served at 1130 am and 4.30 pm. 
Lunch can be purchased at the NCBS canteen.

*The Event is Open to All*

Event Organizer :  Mahesh Rangarajan