Awards and Honours
A new list of 2% of top scientists worldwide has identified 1,494 scientists in India, out of which 3 are from Centre for Ecological Sciences [Raghavendra Gadagkar (Subject: Entomology), Raman Sukumar (Subject: Ecology), Ramachandra T.V. (Subject: Energy)], Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru. The prestigious list was prepared by Stanford University and published in the journal PLOS Biology.
Council of the Institute in its meeting held on 21 December 2019, has been pleased to confer Alumni Award for Excellence in Research for Science for the year 2020, jointly on Prof. Borges and Prof. E. Arunan, Dept. of Inorganic & Physical Chemistry. The President of the Court of the Institute will formally present the award at the meeting of the Court, scheduled to be held on Friday, the 13 March 2020, in the Faculty Hall of the Institute.
Prof Guy Theraulaz, a world leader in the field of collective behaviour, visited CES as IISc Infosys Chair Professor from 4th Sept 2019 to 23rd Sept 2019. Prof Theraulaz is currently a senior research fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research CNRS). He is also a leading researcher in the field of swarm intelligence, primarily studying social insects but also distributed algorithms, e.g. for collective robotics, directly inspired by nature.
CES congratulates Dr Maria Thaker for receiving the 2018 Professor Priti Shankar Teaching Award for Assistant Professors for Science. She received the award on 15 March 2019, during the meeting of the Court of IISc.
Maria currently teaches an Experiments in Ecology course for undergraduate Biology majors, co-teaches Animal Behaviour for post-graduate students, and conducts an annual workshop in Academic Ethics at CES and in several Institutes around the country.
Dr Pratibha Yadav, an alumnus of CES who did her PhD with Prof Renee Borges, has been awarded “Post-Doctoral Fellowship for outstanding Post-Doctoral Researchers from China & India” (by the Planning and Budgeting Committee, Council for Higher Education in Israel). Pratibha will take up this fellowship (starting Oct' 2019) to continue her postdoctoral research at the Tel Aviv University where she joined in Oct’ 2018 through another fellowship that she was awarded by the Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University.