The 4th edition of the India Science Festival (ISF), ISF 2023, flagship event of the non-profit Foundation for Advancing Science and Technology (FAST India) is going to take place in Hyderabad from 20-22 January 2023.

Since its launch in 2020, ISF has served as a vibrant and stimulating platform to celebrate and explore science in every way possible. The Festival aims to inspire and nurture interest and appreciation of science in young people and the public at large. In keeping with our ambition to make science accessible to all, the entry to ISF is free and open to everyone. Learn more about the past editions of the Festival here.  

As we bring together yet another inspiring and exciting edition of the Festival next year, we are keen to collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations in India and globally to make the Festival a memorable experience for our audiences. We are pleased to invite a Call for Proposals for innovative and unique events that fall in the following categories: Workshops, Panel discussion/Round-tables, PhD Program Booth and Installation/Performance

  1. Workshops

ISF features a wide range of hands-on workshops for children and young adults. Submit ideas for organising a unique workshop covering various themes. The workshop should be designed with a specific target audience in mind and must be highly creative and interactive. The duration of these workshops should not exceed more than an hour. 

  1. Panel discussion/roundtables

With an aim to catalyse transformation of the S&T sector in the country and its impact on society, ISF brings together scientists, policy makers, industry experts and a wide range of stakeholders to deliberate on ideas for advancing scientific research and policy. ISF also hosts constructive debates and discussions on scientific topics of historical and contemporary relevance. Ideas are invited for innovative round tables and panel discussions addressing these areas. The event should result in actionable ideas or recommendations in the form of a white paper or similar outputs. The duration of these events should not exceed more than 1 hour. 

  1. PhD Program Booth

ISF aims to not only spark interest in STEM fields among young people and the public at large but also attempts to serve as a platform to nurture and empower future scientific workforce in the country. Submit ideas for workshops/events that aim to support, inspire and nurture the PhD community in the country. The duration of these workshops/events should not exceed more than 2 hours. 

  1. Installation/Performance

While science has been progressively helping advance artistic inquiry and practice, creative art has become a powerful tool to explore and demystify complex scientific ideas and concepts. Together, they can provoke, inspire and engage a wide range of audiences on topics and themes that are often hard to grasp or uncomfortable. We invite ideas that promote exquisite and meaningful collaborations between science and creative arts (theatre, street art, multimedia art, dance, music, etc.) that can culminate as a performance and/or installation at the Festival. 

Application process

Submit your ideas for events at ISF 2023 through the online application form: https://forms.gle/VvTpcaezD3dXwkke6

Timeline

Launch of Call for Proposals: 13 July 2022 

Deadline for submission: 13 September 2022

Festival team reviews submissions: Mid-Late September

Event selection finalised and successful event organisers are contacted: Early October 

Collection of event information and Participation Agreements: Late October 

Important information: 

  • Please note that submission of your proposal does not guarantee inclusion in the Festival programme. Preference will be given to events that demonstrate a commitment to best practice science communication and to providing high-quality experiences. 
  • ISF organisers will take care of the travel and accommodation of the organisers and speakers invited for the events selected through this call.
  • Reasonable costs towards consumables/stationery will be reimbursed by ISF organisers after the Festival. 
  • The Festival team will provide inputs for developing the event and requisite on-ground support to the organisers of the selected events but will not be involved in conducting the event at the Festival. 

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