IIT Gandhinagar to host the Curiosity Conference with US Based Centre

The event will feature hands-on workshops on improving curiosity in classrooms and workplaces

Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) has been working to instill ‘Curiosity’ in the Indian education, research and innovation ecosystem. The Institute’s Curiosity Lab has joined hands with the U.S.-based Center for Curiosity to host a ‘Curiosity Conference’ on the 12th and 13th of August 2023 at IITGN.

The objective is to foster discussion on the vital role of curiosity in improving education, learning, research and workplace practices.

The two-day conference will bring together researchers, educators, teachers, and industry professionals from India and abroad to discuss the role of curiosity in research and practice and its importance in driving innovation and progress across various fields.

Highlighting the need for such conferences, Prof. Jaison Manjaly, Principal Investigator, Curiosity Lab, IIT Gandhinagar, said, “The Curiosity Lab at IIT Gandhinagar has committed its research endeavors to investigate the determinants of curiosity and explore how curiosity can enhance critical thinking and inquisitiveness.”

The Institute is inviting practicing professionals to showcase their products and brands at the conference exhibition. This conference is a unique opportunity to display the product and services to researchers, educators, policymakers and like-minded practicing professionals. This conference is a hub of innovation, bringing together the brightest minds in research and industry to discuss the latest advancements and discoveries in education and curiosity.

Elaborating further, Kushal Sacheti, Founder and President, the Center for Curiosity, said, “It is widely acknowledged that curiosity has long served as a powerful driving force behind personal success. However, our understanding of its true nature remains limited. This upcoming conference is poised to address this knowledge gap by inspiring scientists to delve into this emerging field of research.”

Key speakers at the conference include Dr Kou Murayama, Professor, Hector Institute for Empirical Educational Research, University of Tubingen, Germany; Dr Michiko Sakaki, Professor, Hector Institute for Empirical Educational Research, University of Tubingen, Germany; Lynn Borton, Producer and Host, Choose to be Curious; Dr Perry Zurn, Provost Associate Professor, American University; Prof Argha Manna, Artist-in-Residence, IIT Gandhinagar; Dr Karishma Kaushik, Executive Director IndiaBiosciences, Kushal Sacheti, Founder & President, Centre for Curiosity; and Prof Jaison Manjaly, Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar.

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