Outreach: Society lives by faith and develops by science

BMSIS Young Scientist Grishma Gupte led an outreach event at the University of Mumbai, India.

The Young Scientist Program (YSP) of BMSIS gave me the opportunity to promote science in the society. On 25th February, 2018 I conducted an outreach event for students of a certificate course in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Mumbai. The topic of my presentation was Astrobiology, and it consisted of various aspects ranging from the basic definition of life to exoplanets.

I always wanted to be able to share my knowledge of science and this program provided the little push I required to actually go out and make a contribution. Since the topic was vast, I had to ensure that I gave a flavor of all the components of astrobiology. I had to ensure that my presentation content was precise and easy to understand. Sanjoy helped me sharpen my presentation with his guidance. There were about 40 people present for the event and they comprised of undergraduate students, working professionals and also senior citizens.

I was excited about the event and could also see the same level of enthusiasm in the audience. The students had lots of questions about the BMSIS YSP, extremophiles, exoplanets, etc. Some of the older audience members were extremely fascinated by the subject and wanted to attend more similar events and workshops.

It was a great experience for me to be able to share my knowledge to a larger audience and spread awareness about the vast opportunities in this field. Thank you BMSIS!