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Join us for a discussion about the complex relationship between Indian science and colonialism. Part of Illuminating India, a season of events, exhibitions and talks celebrating 70 years of Indian Independence.

Chairing the panel will be the award-winning science journalist Angela Saini, author of Geek Nation—a fascinating story of how India is transforming itself into a global science superpower. Angela also regularly presents science programmes on both BBC Radio 4 and World Service Network and has published in New Scientist, the Guardian, The Times, Science, Cell and Wired among others. 

A panel of experts will join Angela in exploring the impact of the empire and how the world came to think about Indian science. They will also discuss the struggle for independence and how it was shaped by prominent 20th century Indian scientists, and the legacy of colonialism.

Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Professor David Arnold—Professor of Asian and Global History at Warwick University 
  • Professor Pratik Chakrabarti—Pratik is a Chair in History of Science and Medicine at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester.
  • More speakers to be confirmed.

After the conversation the audience will have the chance to ask the panel their own questions and pick the brains of the experts.


  • Please note that places are limited to 120 and demand is expected to be high.
  • This event is open to all ages but is recommended for ages 16+