About the Lecture: Flocks of birds flying every morning and evening or ants crawling in one direction are a common sight. Why is it so? This talk will bring out how nature inspires us to explore such fascinating phenomena in laboratory.

Professor Ajay Kumar Sood is President of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and Honorary Professor for Physics at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. Professor Ajay Sood has made outstanding contributions in both  hard and soft condensed matter that are profound in terms of experimental discovery as well as theoretical understanding. He has developed some of the finest experimental techniques, applied them to discover many fascinating natural phenomena, and used them to design sensitive devices for practical applications. Some of his research interests lie at the interface between physics and biology.

Prof. Sood has been honoured with a large number of prestigious awards which include the S.S. Bhatnagar Award (1990), TWAS prize (2000), G.D. Birla Science Award (2000), Bhabha medal of INSA (2002), Materials Research Society (India) Medal (2000), Millennium Gold Medal of Indian Science Congress (2000), M.N. Saha Birth Centenary Award of the Indian Science Congress (2003-2004), Sir C.V. Raman Award (2003), Goyal prize (2003), National Award in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, DST (2006), Bhatnagar Fellowship of CSIR (2007), G. M. Modi Award (2012), R D Birla Award for Excellence in Physics by IPA (2014), Life Time Achievement Award by Optical Society of India (2016), Distinguished Alumnus Award of IISc (2016) and MRSI Distinguished Material Scientist of the Year (2016).

The Education Foundation Lucknow was founded to take the mission and vision of founders of Spring Dale Institutions (Shri B. S. Sood, 1923 – 1994 and Smt. Krishna Sood, 1928-2013) forward. The Foundation strives to achieve excellence in pedagogy, curriculum and systems of education, improve educational access and find ways to move towards a more equitable, humane and peaceful society by engaging in research, dialogue and advocacy.