Bangalore student wins ‘Science Slam’,to pursue gene therapy research in Germany

Jyothi presented her research on “Suicide gene therapy: An attempt to murder cancer cells”.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: November 20, 2013 5:58:41 am

A student from Bangalore University,Jyothi S C,won the “Science Slam” and a chance to visit Germany to pursue her research work on ‘Suicide gene therapy’. Jyothi was among the six young students from various universities across the country who presented their research paper at the national-level “Science Slam” organised on the fourth day of Germany’s DWIH “Excellence on Tour” at the Gujarat Science City on Tuesday.

Jyothi presented her research on “Suicide gene therapy: An attempt to murder cancer cells”. This therapy targets tumours with toxic genes or genes concealing enzymes that produce toxic compounds. Jyothi will visit Germany for two months once the dates are confirmed.

Developed in Germany,“Science Slam” is a science communication format that provides emerging researchers the opportunity to present their research in such a manner that not only entertains the audience,but also gives them a better understanding of a particular field of research.

The participants were selected from all fields of science,including humanities and social sciences. The young finalists who presented their research included Jyothi S C and Maitri M from Bangalore University,Sanjay Kumar from Jamia Milia Islamia University,Delhi-based Shivani Mehta,Manish Sanghani from Sardar Patel University and Gujarat University student Ridhhi Dave.

More than 111 entries were received for the competition out of which six were selected. Commenting on this unique initiative,Deputy Head of Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany,Cord Meier-Klodt said,“The highlight of the tour are these six young brains who presented their unique research topics. The winner will benefit from the various research opportunities offered by universities and higher education institutes in Germany.” “Gujarat is the hub of young brains and Germany is the global hub of research and innovations. The response of this event has been satisfactory in Ahmedabad,” he added.

“The quality of applications we received for the Indo-German ‘Science Slam’ in India was fantastic. It reflects the potential of India’s research community and the promising future of Indo-German research collaboration. The selection was based purely on quality and relevance to the area of science selected,” said Dr Alexander Hansen,one of the jury members.

German lensman holds workshop

A photography workshop,conducted by renowned German lensman Wolfgang Zurborn,was held at NID,Gandhinagar,as part of the eighth day of “Excellence on Tour” in the city. Cord Meier-Klodt,Deputy Head of Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany,who inaugurated the workshop,emphasised on nurturing relations between the two countries for the coming generations,not only in politics and business,but also culture. “What attracts an individual to visit another country is its cultural element and DWIH provides the platform to many aspiring students to know more about both educational aspects as well as culture and arts in Germany,” he said.

According to Pradyumna Vyas,Director NID,“Workshops conducted by international photographers will give the students a global perspective in design and photography. It will give them an insight into how the experts from other countries think.”

Zurborn analysed the works of participating students from institutes like NID and CEPT to help them understand photography techniques better. “Photography in Germany is more conceptual than the one seen here. The students showcased many interesting photographs ranging from architectural photography to street photography. Photography needs no language. You can communicate with the top artists in the world through your work,if your work is good,” he said.

During the workshop,the participants tried their hand in street photography. Their work will be analysed by Zurborn over the next three days. While one workshop will be held at NID,others at Gujarat Science City.

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