Campus Life

Friday, November 18th, 2016

The first edition of NCBS Science Day took place on Saturday, 12th November 2016. Over 600 kids from schools all around the state of Karnataka came to the campus and learnt about how science can be applied in every-day life. The event was a beautiful depiction of how people from all walks of life can convene to celebrate one passion; in this case, science.

Friday, July 29th, 2016

"Grrrrrrrrrr," says a chorus of young voices, followed by a burst of laughter. On the screen is a smiling man cheerily reading out a story about a lonely bear who loses his growl and finds it again. The children are from the on-campus crèche Dolna, and the man on the screen is Rob Biddulph, an award-winning children's story book writer from the UK.

Monday, March 21st, 2016


The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), a leading institution for fundamental research in biology in India owes its existence to the vision and perseverance of Obaid Siddiqi.

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016


NCBS announces its 6th annual science journalism workshop, which will be held on campus from June 13 to June 25, 2016.

The workshop's main objective is to impart the basic skills necessary for communicating science to the lay person via the written word.

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Sunaina Surana, a former PhD student from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, has won an Eli Lilly and Company Asia Outstanding Thesis Award for 2014.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

At the annual six-leggers’ council meeting
T’was the Lepidopterans’ general feeling;
It was high time that humans treated insects
With due respect, and not as pests.
So, a wriggle of caterpillars met under the moon,
Crooning as they spun their comfy cocoons.
“We’ll show those humans our value – come eclosion day;
Friday, August 7th, 2015


THE FLY ROOM is a feature film about the life of noted biologist Calvin Bridges, as seen through his daughter's eyes.

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Cultural Club & StageCraft presents ‘V’ (Five)


Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Azim Premji Foundation CEO, Anurag Behar visited NCBS to give a public lecture on the Foundation's efforts towards improving primary education in India.

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The campus will soon be hosting “the Black Label Movement”, a dance company led by Professor Carl Flink in collaboration with Professor David Odde (Department of Biomedical Engineering), both from the University of Minnesota. A series of events have been planned in the city as well as two events on campus.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015


Monday, December 29th, 2014
News in pictures

Union Minister of Science & Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan visited campus on the 27th of December. He interacted with scientists at the campus and took time to visit facilities.

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
News in pictures
Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Searching Seeing at NCBS

Visual cultures in science evolve not only to truthfully describe or replicate reality but also to make it understandable and accessible.  One could ask where the aesthetic value of a scientific image would lie -at the intersection of this search or somewhere far beyond it?  Stefanie Reichelt’s practice both as a light microscopist and an artist uses photography as a tool to move from observation to p

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Tenzin Dawa, Sonam Dolma and Tenzin Lhadon from the Central School for Tibetans at Mundgod (Karnataka) have recently completed a month long summer internship at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS).This is the second year that NCBS has played host to Tibetan students residing in India in an effort to promote current methods in science education among the 12th class students at the school.
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

On Sunday, Jan 20 I joined a couple of friends from inStem and NCBS to play as Team NCBS in the football tournament of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce at the SPT sports academy. Mr. Loeffler from the German Consulate had told me about the tournament. NCBS supplied the vehicle to get there.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

The picturesque pond at NCBS was originally a low lying area close to the students' hostel Parijatha. It formed the south western part of the space allotted to NCBS by GKVK. NCBS moved to its present campus from the premises of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in 1998-99. By then, the Academic Research building (now named the Eastern Laboratories), the Housing and Hostel buildings, the Sub-Station and Chiller plant as well as the Stores building (which was the first building to be constructed at NCBS and used as its site office) were constructed. Subsequently, the stores moved to its present location in the year 2002-03, making way for housing the computational services.

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