Annapurni Subramaniam on Reaching for the Stars with Grace and Humility (#025)

About Dr. Annapurni Subramaniam

Dr. Annapurni Subramaniam serves as the Director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore.

Dr. Annapurni finished her schooling from Victoria College, Palakkad, in science. She completed her PhD at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and her thesis was titled, Studies of star clusters and stellar evolution.

She is an active member of the International Astronomical Union.

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Selected Links and Show Notes

Selected Links

  1. Connect with Dr. Annapurni Subramaniam
    1. Twitter
    2. Website
  2. Indian Institute of Astrophysics
    1. Website
    2. Twitter
  3. James Webb Space Telescope
    1. Website
    2. Twitter
  4. IIA, Govt. draw up plans for community-led astro-tourism in Ladakh

Show Notes

  1. On Annapurni discovering her passion for Astrophysics [02:46 – 07:48]
  2. The Journey to becoming a Professional Astrophysicist [08:18 – 11:37]
  3. On the Evolution of Stars [12:27 – 18:22]
  4. Short-Term and Long-Term Strategies for the Future of Scientific Research in India [19:29 – 22:48]
  5. How to Combine Challenges, Resources, and Institution Building [23:06 – 23:46]
  6. Pure Sciences versus Applied Sciences [24:25 – 26:58]
  7. Managing Vision and Resource Allocation [27:24 – 28:08]
  8. Decade-long Vision and the James Webb Space Telescope [28:32 – 32:12]
  9. Managing Leadership and Contribution in Large Projects [33:18 – 37:15]
  10. On Astrotourism [37:31 – 41:57]
  11. On the Public Communication of Science [42:33 – 45:01]
  12. On the Impact of Science Communication in the vernacular [45:25 – 47:43]
  13. Mentors who’ve inspired Dr. Annapurni [48:03 – 53:50]
  14. What Success means to Dr. Annapurni [54:01 – 54:42]
  15. Favourite Books [54:49 – 55:46]
  16. Dr. Annapurni’s advice for a young student today [56:01 – 56:36]
  17. Dr. Annapurni’s Dream Dinner [56:44 – 57:36]
  18. The Best Piece of Advice Dr. Annapurni has ever received [57:45 – 59:34]
  19. Something Dr. Annapurni believes in that nobody agrees with her on [59:40 – 01:01:03]
  20. Dr. Annapurni’s Guest Recommendation for ContraMinds [01:01:16 – 01:02:40]

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