Keynote: Dr. Anindita Bhadra, PhD
Dr. Bhadra's ISAZ 2023 keynote talk will discuss how dogs navigate the human-dominated landscape of Indian cities, based on her group's work over the past 13 years.
Dr. Anindita Bhadra is a behavioural biologist at the Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata. She is engaged in studying the behaviour, ecology and cognitive abilities of dogs using the free-ranging /stray dogs in India as a model system. She is particularly interested in understanding the evolution of the dog-human relationship. Her research group, The Dog Lab, has pioneered research into the behavioural ecology of free-ranging dogs and has firmly established them as a good model system for understanding dog evolution.
Dr. Bhadra is the recipient of the INSA young scientist award, SERB women excellence award, IAP young scientist award and the Janaki Ammal National Women Bioscientist award Young category. She was involved in the founding of the Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS) in 2014, where she served as the Chairperson during its first three years of existence. She has been a member of the Global Young Academy since 2016, where she served as a Co-Chair during 2020-21. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers Policy labs and serves on the editorial boards of several journal.
Dr. Bhadra believes in the responsibility of a scientist in engaging with the society and is actively engaged in various science outreach activities, science diplomacy and policy. She is currently the Associate Dean of International Relations and Outreach at IISER Kolkata. A mother of two, she is also a professional thespian and leads the Bangla theatre group MukhOsh with her husband.