EURAXESS Science Slam





EURAXESS Science Slam 2016


The EURAXESS Science Slam India is a competition open to all career levels researchers starting with MA/M.Sc. candidates (research-based or mixed) - from universities, research institutes or private sector, in all fields of research including Social Sciences and Humanities, Life Sciences and Engineering, of any nationality and age (18+) who are based in India. This competition is part of the 4th EURAXESS Science Slam taking place in ASEAN, Brazil, China and India.

The competition has two stages: (i) the 'Virtual' Pre-selection (online) where candidates will submit a short video in a creative, entertaining and accessible way; and (ii) the 'Live' Finals where the finalists will perform in front of the review panel and a mixed audience who will choose the winner. Registration to be part of the audience will open in October. Stay tuned! Now is time for you to consider becoming the next EURAXESS Science Slammer in India!

The 1st prize this year will be the EURAXESS Science Slammer title and a round trip to Europe to visit Brussels (Belgium) and a research institute of the winner's choice in the European Union in 2017.

Send your video and become one of the 5 finalists to receive a short science communication training on 22 October 2016 in Bengaluru and to compete in the LIVE slam on 18 November 2016 in Hyderabad! Stay tuned for the 5th edition in 2017!

And the 1st prize winner is Damanbha Lyngdoh, PhD candidate at North Eastern Hill University-NEHU, Shillong

On 18th November the audience chose Damanbha Lyngdoh as the 4th EURAXESS Science Slammer India with his slam "Do not judge a book by its cover - A tale from India's North-East". With the support of EURAXESS and Finnair, he will be visiting a research institute of his choice in the European Union in 2017.

Congratulations to Daman and all the six finalists 2016 (Avtar, Richa, Ananth, Ashish and Kshama)!

Foto album of the evening of Science & Fun will be available on Facebook.

And the 2016 finalists are... Come and meet them in Bengaluru or Hyderabad!

Mr Ashish Jha, PhD candidate (CSIR- Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad) with “Tale of the Bulbuls”

Mr Ananth Krishna, Master student (Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar, Haryana) with “The KMOSala Mix(?)”

Mr Damanbha Lyngdoh, PhD candidate (North Eastern Hill University-NEHU, Shillong, Meghalaya) with “Do not judge a book by its cover – A tale from India’s North-East”

Ms Richa Pande, PhD candidate (National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad) with “How media and marketing strategies influence our food choices”

Mr Avtar Sain, PhD candidate (VIT University Vellore, Tamil Nadu) with “Phage Therapy for infectious diseases”

Ms Kshama Sharma, PhD candidate (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research-TIFR, Mumbai) with “Magnets to the rescue of the world”

The pre-selection was of very high quality leading to the Review Panel’ decision to exceptionally accept six finalists for the second time.

Note: Finalists listed in alphabetical order.

To attend the EURAXESS Connect event in Bengaluru on 22 October 2016: Registration closed. 

To attend the EURAXESS Science Slam India 2016 LIVE finals in Hyderabad on 18 October 2016 see next section.


Members of the 2016 Review Panel:

Prof. Arnab Bhattacharya (scientist and science communicator at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research-TIFR)

Ms. Tania Friederichs (Research & Innovation Counsellor, European Union Delegation to India)

Dr. Jugnu Jain (CEO and Co-Founder, Sapien Biosciences & Saarum Sciences)

Dr. Joby Joseph (Associate Professor, Center for Neural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Hyderabad)

Dr. Rahul Nigam (Assistant Professor, BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus)

Dr. Ramakrishna Vadrevu (Associate Professor, BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus)

Ms. Ainhitze Bizkarralegorra Bravo (Country Representative, EURAXESS Links India)

Come and Chosse the EURAXESS Science Slammer India 2016 in Hyderabad on 18 November 2016! I CLOSED

Support the finalists with your friends! The audience will be choosing the 1st prize winner! The LIVE finals will also be a good networking opportunity for researchers of all nationalities, industry and representatives of European Embassies. Also open to the general public. To help in this fun, memorable and fruitful evening, European style food will be offered to the participants.

DATE & TIME: Friday, 18 November 2016, 5.00 pm - 9.30 pm

VENUE: B M Birla Science Centre

GUESTS: mix crowd of researchers, industry, Embassies, general public, etc

Partners: BITS Pilani, IndiaBioscience and Nuffic Neso India-Study in Holland!. B M Birla Science Centre and Finnair (airline company from Finland) are supporting the 4th EURAXESS Science Slam India.

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Online submission of slam presentations: 2 August - 2 October 2016 I CLOSED

How to participate:

Step 1: Get creative and develop an original idea to present your research project to the world: Tap dancing, singing, old-school presentation, scientific equipment - all is allowed (as long as it is decent).

Step 2: Make a 5 minutes max. video of your presentation with your camera phone, digital camera (or equivalent). Make sure the presentation is in English.

Step 3: Send us your video at or upload it via Dropbox and share the link to the video with

On YouTube you may also meet the winners 2013 from ASEANChina and India, find a video from Brazil to help you inspire or one on what the Science Slam is about explained by the Science Slam winner 2014 from North America.

Follow the EURAXESS Science Slam and more on Facebook: EURAXESS Links India and EU in India.

Read the Terms and Conditions to participate in this new edition of the EURAXESS Science Slam India.

Visit SCIENCE SLAM 2015, 2014 and 2013 (top of the page) to meet the EURAXESS Science Slam India 1st prize winners and see what they say about their Science Slam experience. The next picture and testimony could be yours!

Partner and Supporting organisations 2016

The EURAXESS Science Slam India 2016 will be organised in partnership with BITS PilaniNuffic Neso India-Study in Holland and IndiaBioscience, with the support of B.M.Birla Science Centre and Finnair.







EURAXESS Science Slammer India 2015 


"The EURAXESS Science Slam India is a wonderful fun-filled opportunity to communicate your scientific work to the common people. Also, you meet new people, travel to new places, explore new work opportunities and potential future collaborators. It offers a Europe trip to the winner, and I am quite confident that all the winners from around the world enjoy that trip to their fullest." by Souvik Mandal, PhD candidate, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru. As part of his EURAXESS Europe tour, Souvik chose to visit the Research Centre on Animal Cognition - UMR 5169 (CNRS) at Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse in France.

The 3rdlive finals of the EURAXESS Science Slam India was organised in partnership with theIndian Institute of Science (IISc) and IndiaBioscience, and with the support of Alliance française Bangalore, Finnair and Philips Innovation Campus at Alliance française in Bengaluru on 30 October 2015. Exceptionally six finalists were invited to battle for the title of EURAXESS Science Slammer India and a trip to Europe to attend a science communication

training and visit a research institute of the winner's choice in the European Union in June 2016. Pictures of the tour can be seen on facebook.


EURAXESS Science Slammer India 2014 


"A very powerful and entertaining way to disseminate scientific knowledge to a broad audience. Fun now has a new definition - Slam your way to Europe!" by Anand Kant Das, PhD candidate, Tata Institue of Fundamental Research (TIFR).The 2nd live finals of the EURAXESS Science Slam India was organised with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) at Café Zoe in Mumbai on 1 November 2014. Five finalists were invited to battle for the title of EURAXESS Science Slammer India and a trip to Europe to attend a science communication training and visit

a research institute of the winner's choice in the European Union in spring 2015.

Watch here his video on the Science Slam.


 EURAXESS Science Slammer India 2013


The first live finals of the EURAXESS Science Slam in India was co-organised with the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Pune on 29 September 2013. Four finalists were invited to battle for the first title of EURAXESS Science Slammer India and a trip to Europe to attend a researchers conference. Ms Shraddha Karve, PhD student at IISER Pune won the contest, became India's first EURAXESS Science Slammer and embarked on a trip to Europe. Her slam was called 'Master of all trades is jack of none'. This is what she said: "Thinking about evolution in E. coli in terms of Wolverine and Calvin and Hobbes, rather than error bars and sample sizes, was a pleasant change. Slamming forced me to take a bird's eye view of my own work and provided me with an

opportunity to present that point of view to the international audience. Memorable experience."

Watch here her message on the Science Slam.