Festival of Ideas

TWA Be Inspired is set to change conversations around knowledge, ideas and innovation through its annual, on-ground Festival of Ideas. From the lab to the stage, experts, change-makers and innovators give unique insights into the direction of today’s world while making scientific knowledge and communication relatable and accessible to all.

Produced by Teamwork Arts in partnership with the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister, Government of India; the United Nations India Office and Science Gallery Bengaluru


Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Govt. of India Shyam Saran, President, India International Centre & Former Diplomat Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts

Paradigm Shift in Healthcare - The Shape of Things to Come.

Presented by Indegene

Prof Ajay Kumar Sood, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Govt. of India R.S. Sharma, Former CEO, National Health Authority Anand Kiran, Executive Vice President - Global Operations, Indegene In conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts

Session description: The future of healthcare involves addressing incoming viruses, environmental impacts, lifestyle diseases,.... addiction, overused antibiotics, and stubborn bacteria. Can big pharma, innovative diagnostic tools, technology platforms, AI-enabled surgery, and patient-centric treatment lead to the paradigm shift the world needs?

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Life-everlasting: Finding the Maze of the Mind

Dr Sanjay Chugh, Psychiatrist Mathew Cherian, Global Ambassador for Ageing, HelpAge international, Chair of CARE India, Dr Achal Bhagat, Senior Consultant, Psychiatry, Apollo Hospitals In conversation with Arvinder J. Singh, Founder-Director, Ashoka Centre for Well-being

Session description: Sanitation, education, and medicines that include vaccines and antibiotics, have increased human.... life and reduced early and mid-life mortality. Research needs to now focus on mental health as we age, and deal with Alzhmerier’s, dementia and more. How can we track the maze of the mind as our bodies age?

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Vaccines for the future

Prof K. VijayRaghavan, DAE- Homi Bhabha Chair Professor at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research & Former Principal Scientific Advisor to PM, GoI CK Mishra, Former Secretary, Ministry of Health, Govt. of India In conversation with Pranay Lal (Biochemist & writer)

Session description: Vaccines have helped fight diseases for 200+ years. Childhood vaccines reduced illness.... and death in developed countries, and flu vaccines are common worldwide. However, some diseases still lack effective vaccines and there are large swathes of regions without proper vaccination infrastructure. Can new research address these challenges?

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Enabling Innovation, Incubating Dreams

Presented by Indegene

Anand Kiran, Executive Vice President - Global Operations, Indegene Namita Asnani, Head of Sustainability Program, Transformers Business, Hitachi Energy Suja Chandy, Independent Advisor In conversation with Sarthak Kaushik, Veteran Broadcaster and Morning Show Host, 94.3 Radio One

Session description: As we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, rapid advancements in AI, machine.... learning, and innovation are causing a paradigm shift. Can policy-makers, innovators and dreamers together reinvent our stories of change?

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EdTech & Its Impact: Evidence Based Solutions to Transform Education

Presented by Central Square Foundation

Aditya Chopra, Vice President, Samagra Samar Bajaj, Director, India office, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation In conversation with Gouri Gupta, Central Square Foundation

Session description: India's EdTech landscape involves diverse stakeholders. EdTech Tulna, an evidence-driven evaluation index.... developed by IITB researchers and supported by Central Square Foundation, evaluates products based on Content Quality, Pedagogical Alignment, and Technology & Design. Can EdTech evaluation really transform the learning and teaching experience?

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Know thy Ocean: Unmapped, unknown, the secrets of the deep may be our final frontier

THE Hon. Barry O’Farrell, Australian High Commissioner to India   Shombi Sharp, UN Resident Coordinator for India Shyam Saran, President, India International Centre & Former Foreign Secretary & Diplomat In conversation with Sandeep Unnithan, Editor, News9 Plus

Session description: On March 4, 2023, more than 100 countries reached a historic treaty.... to protect the high seas after more than 15 years of largely abortive talks. How will this legally-binding milestone announced by the United Nations, conserve and ensure the sustainable use of ocean biodiversity, protect our oceans and their flora and fauna from climate change and overfishing?

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Beam me up Scotty! Charting our way into no-man’s land

Imtiaz Ali Khan, Director, Human Space Programme, ISRO in conversation with Vishnu Som, Executive Editor, NDTV

Session description: Gaganyaan is India's upcoming crewed orbital spacecraft mission, set for 2024. In.... its maiden crewed mission, ISRO’s largely autonomous 5.3 metric ton-capsule will orbit the Earth at a 400-km altitude for up to seven days with a two or three-person crew on board. How will this mission navigate the myriad challenges of outer space?

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Will AI ‘Out-Perform’ Humans?

Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft India Anirudh Suri, Author of 'The Great Tech Game', technology entrepreneur In conversation with Trisha Ray, Deputy Director - Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology, Observer Research Foundation

Session description: For years, creativity has been considered one of the last bastions of.... humanity. The reality, however, is changing rapidly. Advances in artificial intelligence, the transformation wrought by ChatGPT and machine learning are undergoing a paradigm shift. Where is the final frontier where machines take over our minds completely?

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